Avalanche Rescue Courses in Telluride



Ski Touring San JuansFor Winter 2018-19, we will be hosting Avalanche Rescue courses in Telluride, in conjunction with Silverton Avalanche School.

A full-day, scenario-based seminar, the Avalanche Rescue course primarily focuses on what to do in the direct aftermath of an avalanche. The course is designed to be taken every couple of years to refresh various skills essential to avalanche partner rescue, including beacon searches, probe technique, efficient recovery post-burial and contacting rescue assistance.

This course does not cover various snow pit stability tests, snow crystal analysis, recognition of hazardous avalanche terrain, ect. and is not a substitute for a Level One course. It does not have any pre-requisites, but is required for both Pro Level 1 and Recreational Level 2 courses.

Course Details

New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. This course meets guidelines set by the American Avalanche Association and also meets guidelines set by the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR).  This course expands beyond what students learn in a Level 1 to more complex rescue scenarios. Students receive a certification card at the end of the course.

This course is recommended for novice and experienced recreational backcountry travelers, and aspiring snow professionals alike. Locals to the Telluride area are eligible for scholarships through the Telluride Mountain Club and the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund.

Participants must bring appropriate gear for snow travel (skis or splitboard with skins or snowshoes), avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe) and appropriate outerwear for a day in the mountains. The course will run storm or shine, so please come prepared for the elements.

Each course runs one day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course Outline 

  • Personal protective and avalanche rescue equipment
  • Identify and familiarize students with winter personal protective, avalanche rescue, and self-evacuation equipment and their proper use
  • Demonstrate and practice routines to check gear’s function
  • Demonstrate avalanche rescue
  • Introduce Avalanche Rescue Quick Reference tool and apply it to a scenario
  • Breakdown and practice individuals skills of avalanche rescue: assessing the scene and taking leadership, using a transceiver, using a probe, and shoveling
  • Single burial scenarios
  • Learn to set up effective scenarios for practice
  • Integrate individual skills into a rescue scenario

Available Dates

December 15*

January 19*

*Please book these courses online through Silverton Avalanche School. Contact the Mountain Trip office with any additional questions.

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