Professional Avalanche Search & Rescue

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  • Duration: Evening Zoom + 4 Field Days

Management of both large and small scale organized rescue including initial deployment and multi-agency logistics.

*Course dates indicate evening zoom meeting. Field time begins on the following day.

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This course is designed for Professional Ski Patrollers, Search and Rescue Team members, Law Enforcement/EMS/Fire and Mountain Guides. The rescue-driven curriculum builds on the basic skill set introduced in Level 1 & 2 avalanche courses. The majority of this syllabus will focus on the management of both large and small scale organized rescue from the initial deployment of rapid response teams to multi-day, multi-agency operation logistics.  The components of this course include self-paced online learning, online conference calls, and field sessions.

Have questions on the pro/rec split? See our pro/rec frequently asked questions page for more details, including a visual of the course progression.

This course will cover the following:

  • Incident Command System in Avalanche Rescue
  • Scene Safety
  • Technology updates (including RECCO, Transceivers, Airbags, etc.)
  • Shoveling and Probing strategies
  • Resource Management
  • Victim care and avalanche burial complications
  • Recent research on avalanche survivability
  • Snow Anchors & Rigging Specifications (Sked, Rescue Bubble, etc.)
  • Technical Terrain Management (lowering/raising)
  • Getting Along and developing relationships between Patrols, Law Enforcement and SAR groups


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