Avalanche Rescue Weekend March 6/7 2021

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Avalanche Rescue Weekend March 6/7 2021


This program is broken into two days to give folks a day of companion rescue course and another full day of practicing skills and skiing with an avalanche professional / ski guide. 


DAY 1: 


Learn the advanced rescue skills you must know before heading into avalanche terrain.


We have seen time and time again groups of people trying to practice their "Beacon Skills" incorrectly and walking away kind of feeling practiced without learning any new skills. Or worse, how many times have your friends actually practiced? How are you supposed to know if you did it all right? This course was designed as a refresher to take every year, in the beginning or middle of the season, to both refresh your rescue skills and learn the new up to date skills from avalanche professionals. 


Your avalanche rescue skills won't help you if you get caught in an avalanche, so bring your friends. 


It's one thing to know you can help your friends in an emergency, but even more important to know that they can help you. This is a great course to take with your backcountry partners. Most people are under-practiced and overconfident in their rescue skills. We see it time and time again. 

This course will get you and your friends up to speed on the latest avalanche rescue techniques and the practice that should be required from all of your ski partners before each season.

And if you don't have a group of backcountry partners this is a great way to meet new ones. (Also see the "alumni mentorship days" info below)


Course outcomes:

All of our companion rescue courses incorporate emergency sled construction and patient extraction practice This one-day, stand-alone course is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. This course is a prerequisite for all Level 2 avalanche courses. 

  • Construction of a rescue sled
  • Advanced beacon searches and complex rescue scenarios
  • What to do in multiple burial situations
  • And considerations for an organized rescue



DAY 2: 

Learn the advanced avalanche skills 


You will practice the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. You will learn how to describe and discuss weather, snowpack, and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

This ski day will help you analyze more complex avalanche problems by introducing you to a basic forecasting framework, to be used in conjunction with and in the absence of a local forecast.

This is hands-on experience analyzing the avalanche hazard and using your observations to make decisions in the field. We are committed to providing both tools for understanding the avalanche problem and the terrain management skills you can only get from observing an experienced guide.

Our course leaders are both AIARE certified instructors and AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) trained guides. So when you take one of our courses you know you will be under the mentorship of an experienced and qualified guide, not just an instructor. 

This means you will not only learn about avalanche theory but you will apply what you have learned by going skiing/riding under the mentorship of an experienced guide and by making real decisions.


  • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.
  • Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that includes facilitating small group discussions, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies.
  • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absence of local supporting avalanche information.