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MEC Companion Rescue Skills

MEC Companion Rescue Skills & Refresher Session

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?
Our annual refresher course covers 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 three 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 one-day session is perfect both for those new to companion rescue topics and as an annual refresher to keep critical skills sharp for when they are needed most.


  • Practice Companion Rescue In Groups
  • Realistic Avalanche Scenarios
  • Feedback From Peers/Evaluators
  • Designed For Those Who Want To Refresh Rescue Skills


This class will be all in the field in advanced ski or snowboard terrain. 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 transceiver searching, probe lines, and spot probing likely burial areas.

    Companion Rescue Skills & Refresher Session

    A Sunday Dec 15
    B Saturday Jan 4
    Session Duration 12:00PM to 4:00PM
    Session Cost $48
    Class Size min. 10 / max. 18


    • 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.
    • Backcountry rescue gear and outerwear appropriate for field sessions.