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Avalanche Casualty Care Course

New to the MEC programs, Mt Baker Ski Area is excited to host the Avalanche Casualty Care Course sponsored by Remote Medical Training. This course is designed to provide backcountry enthusiasts with the next level in avalanche training. The course will take an individual with little to no medical training and prepare them to provide care for a victim that is trapped or injured in an avalanche.

  • Fine tune partner rescue techniques
  • Learn how to identify and treat life-threatening injuries common in avalanches
  • Multiple scenarios and skill labs
  • Basic incident management and leadership skills
  • Considerations for long term care of patients in remote environments
  • ESCI CPR/AED and ACCC Certification


Field exercises are designed to give students practice performing organized response to avalanche accidents and practical experience managing avalanche casualties in remote environments.

  • Multiple avalanche specific rescue scenarios
  • Basic survival skills
  • Integration with local Ski Patrols and SARs during rescue and evacuation


  • Lift tickets for non-passholders for field components. Curriculum assumes participants have the ability to ski or snowboard terrain typical to backcountry runs. Students will be accessing more/most difficult (blue/black) named runs within the ski area.


  • Skis/Snowboard as we will be moving about the ski area during the field sessions.
  • Food and water for the day.
  • Backcountry rescue gear and outerwear appropriate for field sessions.
  • Optional: Personal First Aid Kit.


Successful completion of MEC Advanced Avalanche Safety: Avalanche Awareness 201 Class meets for morning session in the MEC classroom, 2nd floor, Heather Meadows Aid Room at 8:30am. The afternoon session ends at approximately 4:30pm.

MEC Avalanche Casualty Care

Course Info

SESSION Downtown Office Ski Area
A Jan 6 Jan 11 & 12
March 2 March 7 & 8
Session Duration 1 Evening Session in Bellingham
2 Full Days at Ski Area Hours
Session Cost

$160 2019-20 Mt. Baker Passholders

$200 Non-Passholders

Class Size max. 15
MEC Avalanche Care