2020/2021 Course Dates:

  • December 28, 2020
  • January 23, 2021
  • February 20, 2021

In an avalanche rescue situation you do not have the luxury of questioning your skills and it will be too late to learn them. Stress will be high and only training can give you the tools needed to quickly and efficiently save lives. This intensive one-day course is designed to do just that.

After some time discussing theory, mostly virtual this year, we will spend the day in the snow running increasingly complex scenarios designed to make your reactions second nature no matter what the situation or your background skill level is. Each student will run through a timed scenario, receive feedback from instructors, and receive a certification card at the end of the course.

Let us know if you would like to set this up as a private, socially distanced course for you and your family or friends.

Note: We teach this course using Silverton Avalanche School curriculum. It meets or exceeds American Avalanche Association (A3) guidelines as well as the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR). It is a prerequisite for the Rec 2 and Pro 1 avalanche courses and is an excellent follow up to a Rec 1 course (though it works great to take before the Rec 1 as well).

We do have beacon/shovel/probe setups students can use, but we highly recommend getting your own beforehand so you can practice with what you will use after the course. We don’t really ski on these days so no special skills are required, just be ready to spend a day outside in the winter at 10,000′!