Professional Avalanche Search & Rescue

  • Price: $1,249.00
  • Duration: Evening Zoom + 4 Field Days

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

*All field days are consecutive, course date indicates first day in the field. A mandatory pre-course zoom meeting is held from 6-8pm on the evening before each course start date.

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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.

All Upcoming Dates and Locations:

  • December 30, 2024 - January 2, 2025 - Professional Avalanche Search & Rescue - Salt Lake City, Utah

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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Evening Zoom + 4 Field Days

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Course Location

Salt Lake City, UT, Crested Butte, CO

Our travel will be in close proximity to the resort to maximize field time.  Snowshoes can be accommodated on this course, but skis with skins, or a splitboard, are preferred.  Additional personal required gear is as follows:

  • Helmet – not required but PPE for rescue will be discussed
  • Alpine Climbing Harness
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • 2 non-locking carabiners
  • Auto-block Capable Belay Device
  • 8mm x 30 M ski rope*
  • 60 cm, 120 cm and 180 cm sewn slings
  • Purcell Prusik system (waist prusik, short Purcell prusik, long Purcell prssik) or 10 meters of 6mm cord, precut into 4.5, 3.5 and 2 Meter lengths to make this system in class
  • FRS /GMRS radio or compatible*

* – Not required but recommended


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