The Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. This course meets international standards set forth by the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR). 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.
Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.
The Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the Level 2 and Pro 1 courses. We recommend that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.
At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should be able to:
- Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
- Identify and be able to use 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
All students will have the opportunity to get feedback from an instructor on their rescue skills and timed practice with a realistic scenario.
Students who have previously taken a Level 1 or an Avalanche Rescue Course will find value in having a professional help them set up a realistic scenario, practice skills in a realistic setting, receive feedback from an instructor, keep up with current best practices, and have an opportunity to practice advanced rescue skills.
The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed both at new and experienced backcountry users, and aspiring snow professionals.
THIS COURSE IS A PREREQUISITE FOR THE PRO PROGRAM PROGRESSION
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites. Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the Recreational Level 2 and Pro 1 courses. It is recommended that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year. We offer Recreational Level 2 Courses the same week as our Rescue Courses so that students may book accordingly. Please view our Level 2 course offerings here.
Please note this class is NOT in Silverton, but will be held at Wolf Creek Pass. Wolf Creek, renowned for it’s abundant snowfall, provides the perfect environment to learn about avalanches, with easy access to large and small avalanche paths and terrain which can be observed safely.