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Annual Companion Skills Refresher

Do you have the skills to rescue your partners if they get caught in an avalanche? Have you spent enough preseason time sharpening up critical beacon search, pinpoint probing and strategic shoveling techniques? Has your touring or hiking crew practiced working together in a simulated rescue scenario? Are your skills strong enough to save a life?

Our annual refresher course helps strengthen these skills. In a field setting, we will tackle topics such as multiple burial search, efficient probing strategies and strategic shoveling techniques. We will also run small teams through timed, simulated scenarios to speed the efficiency of your rescues and hone communication in pressure situations, while debriefing with productive feedback from instructors who have observed hundreds of simulated rescues to identify areas for improvement.

This two-hour tune-up session is designed both for experienced backcountry users and/or for those who have already taken a Level One course. Similar to re-upping your first aid certs, it is an annual refresher to keep critical skills sharp for when they are needed most.


• Practice Companion Rescue In Groups
• Simulated Avalanche Scenarios
• Structured Group Debriefs and Feedback
• Designed For Those Who Want To Keep Rescue Skills Sharp


This class will be all in the field. It will consist of avalanche rescue scenarios where students will act as a group to self-rescue in an avalanche burial situation. Focus will be on multiple-burial beacon searching, pinpoint probing, and strategic shoveling in simulated scenarios.


• Backcountry rescue gear such as shovel, probe, beacon and pack.
• Outerwear appropriate for field sessions.


This field session meets outside at the Heather Meadows Base Area at the Beacon Basin near the bottom of Chair 1 at 1:00 and end at 3:00 pm.


Minimum 2 / maximum 6 (Larger groups can be accommodated by request.)



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