Location: Salt Lake City - Wasatch Mountains
Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Avoidance is the best way to not become caught in an avalanche, but accidents happen and we all need to know what to do if the time comes. Avalanche rescue is difficult when your partner is buried and you only have a few minutes to save their life. You cannot rely on search and rescue, ski patrol, outside rescue, or other groups to save your partner -- it’s up to you to have the skills to perform self-rescue. Still not convinced you need to take this course? Check out this series produced by Avalanche Canada of an accident and rescue that took place in 2013. Click here. (https://www.avalanche.ca/cherry-bowl/#/intro)
The majority of this course is based on-snow practicing with your rescue equipment and going through rescue scenarios. With small student to instructor ratios, we make sure that each student receives individual coaching and feedback on their technique and the opportunity to run through multiple scenarios.
You must have a transceiver, shovel, and probe -- skis, split-board, or snowshoes recommended. Dress warm and bring your backcountry pack and contents you would normally have with you when you head into the backcountry for a day.
Who should take this course?
This class is for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, timbers-sledders snowbikers, hikers, snowshoers - anyone who goes into the backcountry in the winter. This course is designed as an introductory rescue course for those who are new to the backcountry. It can also serve as a refresher for those who do not regularly practice rescue skills or for someone looking to learn the most up-to-date rescue techniques and practices.
What is required for this course?
This is an introductory level course and therefore can be your first avalanche education course. For this course, you are required to provide your own avalanche rescue equipment. You’ll need a modern 457 kHz Digital 3-Antenna beacon, a collapsable probe 280 cm or longer, a solid collapsible metal shovel, and a backpack to carry your equipment.
- Be able to perform a full avalanche burial rescue in less than 10 minutes using proper techniques
- Wear & operate an avalanche transceiver.
- Perform a mock companion recovery of a single and/or multiple burial search (dependent on personal experience level).
- Understand challenges involving multiple rescuers and learn basic group management & communication.
- Understand how to continue to practice and improve rescue skills.
- Knowledge of additional educational resources.
- Location of beacon training parks.
If you have any questions regarding this course please contact firstname.lastname@example.org