Avalanche Rescue Course, Nelson, British Columbia

Come and review and renew your avalanche rescue skills on this full day, classroom and practical avalanche rescue course in Nelson, BC, with David, an IFMGA certified mountain guide.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Columbia Mountains

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    For a full day we would like to teach you all we can about avalanche rescue.

    This course takes place in Nelson, British Columbia. And throughout the day we will see to it that you leave with a clear understand of the techniques necessary for proper avalanche rescue.

    This course acts as a great refresher for people who haven’t reviewed their avalanche rescue skills in a while.

    Just a few examples of what we will cover during the classroom portion includes the following.

    • New rescue techniques
    • Proper use of airbags
    • Preventative measures
    • Equipment changes

    After the classroom portion of the course, we will then head out to the field for the practical portion. In the field we will instruct you about and help you practice several different avalanche rescue techniques that include the following.

    • Search and rescue techniques
    • Transceiver skills
    • Practice searching without a transceiver
    • How to consider multiple burial situations
    • How to organise group rescue efforts

    Participants taking this course must have at least intermediate level back country skiing or snowboarding experience. Participants must have also completed previous AST – 1 training within the last 5 years and have intermediate to advanced resort riding skills as well.

    Would you like to review, renew and improve your avalanche rescue skills? If so, send us a request and join us on this helpful course. It would be our pleasure to help you as much as we possibly can.

    Do you want to enjoy a nearly week long ski touring trip in the beautiful Freshfield Ice fields near Banff? If so, we can also guide you on this spectacular expedition.

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    Price per person

    Group of 6
    125 CAD

    Group of 7
    125 CAD

    Group of 8
    125 CAD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
     Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes group safety equipment, including communication device, rescue kit, first aid supplies, GPS and maps. However, the price does not include personal skiing equipment and personal avalanche safety equipment, but that can be rented at a price of $5 for a probe, $5 for a shovel, $15 for a beacon. 5% GST tax is also not included in the price.

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Nelson, BC

    More info

    Participants should bring the following items with them: skiing equipment, avalanche safety equipment, wind and waterproof jacket and pants, warm pants, fleece pullover, fleece shirt or vest, fleece underwear, 2 pairs of gloves, scarf or bandanna, socks, wool or fleece hat, sun hat, sun glasses, sunscreen, 1 litre water bottle, small blister kit, camera.


    About the Guide


    I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.

    The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.

    The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!



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