Avalanche Rescue

Date | Time | Location: 

1-Day Field Component | Saturday 3.20.21 | Lost Trail Backcountry 8 AM – 4 PM | 8 Hours Total

Student to Instructor Ratio: 6:1

Class Size Maximum: 12

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Price: $165


Course Description:

Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand-alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to stay abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and equipment. This is a one-day field course that is designed for recreational backcountry travelers and aspiring avalanche professionals. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue while returning participants will expand and improve their skills with advanced topics and realistic practice scenarios. This course follows American Avalanche Association (A3) guidelines and is a pre-requisite for the Recreational Level 2 course and Professional Level 1 course.

The course will cover:

  • Basic overview of avalanches.
  • Avalanche rescue principles.
  • Avalanche safety equipment.
  • Techniques for executing a backcountry avalanche rescue.
  • Companion rescue process.

Students will come away with the tools to:

  • Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche.
  • Identify and be able to use the gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
  • Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
  • Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  • Develop a plan for continued practice.


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