Colorado Adventure Guides in partnership with Desert Mountain Medicine are proud to offer our AIARE AVALANCHE RESCUE + WILDERNESS FIRST AID combo course. This 3-day course will help you gain a full understanding of the skills and training needed in a real-life avalanche rescue and/or medical scenario. In every avalanche rescue course you will learn what to do in the case of an avalanche, all the way up until you recover a victim. But what next? That is not the end. This is where your medical training will come into play and that is why we have developed this combo Rescue/Medical course.
Take the one-day, stand-alone AIARE Avalanche Rescue and combine it with a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course designed for the winter backcountry users. Bridge the gap between your avalanche education and medical response. Having solid rescue skills for avalanche response is crucial, but trauma related injuries account for 1/4 of avalanche related fatalities. Most people don’t think about the next step in an avalanche rescue or what to do if there is any other backcountry incident miles from help. This is where your medical training needs to come in. Outside help will likely be hours away. And let’s face it, accidents and medical situations in the backcountry can also happen even without an avalanche. Do you have the necessary medical training and skills? The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is the first necessary step to learn about wilderness medicine and basic life support skills.
The following 2-days of this combo will focus on medical response. The DMM WFA for Winter Backcountry Users is designed for the winter backcountry user interested in bridging the gap between their avalanche education and medical response. The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and basic life support skills. This training focuses on prevention, assessment and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to winter backcountry recreation and includes wilderness medicine guidelines for the treatment of avalanche victims. This specialty course is taught by Desert Mountain Medicine instructors who are employed as either professional mountain guides, or outdoor educators, in combination with emergency medicine (e.g., emergency department, mountain rescue, ski patrol or EMS).
3 Days (24 hours)
$495 per person
204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498
Medium sized backpack (approx. 40L)
Alpine Touring Skis, Telemark Skis, or Splitboard
Climbing Skins (must be properly fitted)
Hard or softshell pants
Synthetic or merino wool base layer
Softshell jacket (optional)
Down or synthetic insulated jacket
Hardshell or water/wind resistant jacket
Light gloves for uphill travel
Brimmed hat or visor
Neck gaitor or buff
Backcountry gear can be rented directly from Colorado Adventure Guides at our Silvethorne, CO Basecamp.
Refunds will be honored for cancellations more than 14 DAYS PRIOR to a course or a camp start time. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations.
Rescheduling will be honored 14 days prior to start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling. This allows us the time to contact those who have been put on the wait-list.
All activities are Rain or Shine. In case of operator cancellation due to adverse or unsafe conditions prior to start time, first the operator will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, the client will receive a full refund. Operator, including guides in the field, reserve the right to shorten or reroute activity in the case of unmanageable hazards or inability of guest to complete the objective. Completion of objective-based routes is not guaranteed.
The AIARE Avalanche Rescue/DMM Wilderness First Aid can be taken on alpine touring skis or splitboard. No prior backcountry experience required but it is highly recommended that participants with touring gear have experience on their setup prior to taking this course. Alpine touring skis and splitboards are available for rent from local shops.
Colorado Adventure Guides is priority is keeping our patrons and students safe. Our instructors are trained to recognize potentially hazardous situations in the backcountry; they plan and operate accordingly. Prior to the start of any course or backcountry trip you will be asked to complete a brief health history. The failure to disclose pertinent information on the health history form could result in serious harm, even death, to the signing participant, other guests and/or the guide. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. Your ability to enjoy the adventure depends on your health and fitness, thus it’s recommended that you are in good physical condition.
For those who would like to select all the members of their party, you may book a private group course. If you are interested, please let us know!
For courses your instructor will contact you at least 2 weeks prior to course start to discuss details.
Your instructors work hard before, during, and after your course to provide you with a great experience and while not expected, gratuities are always highly appreciated and if you had a safe, educational, and fun experience. Gratuities typically range from 15-20%.
Our courses tend to book up months in advance. It is strongly recommended that you reserve your spot before the winter season starts.