Avalanche Rescue Class with Mike Duffy

Class Date: January 22, 2019

New certified class by American Avalanche Association. Prerequisite for level II, but can be taken anytime. Fast paced eight hour class with minimum of five hours in field. For recreational riders, guides, and search and rescue teams. This is a snowmobile specific class and we will be traveling to areas by snowmobile.

Who? For recreational riders, pros, guides, and search and rescue teams.

Class content: Escape and survival techniques, rescuer safety/response, scene safety, communication, transceiver, shoveling and probing techniques, victim basic care, deep burials, close proximity rescues, RECCO, using advanced features on your transceiver, three ways to utilize snowmobiles in rescue, leading a rescue, rescue scenarios, timed transceiver searches and much more.

These are the advanced skills that were previously taught in level II classes, it is now a separate course.

Cost: $150

Call or email Colorado Sled Rentals for more information
Phone: 970-439-1707
Email: Michael@coloradosledrentals.com

Avalanche Safety

Here are some great avalanche safety and awareness videos and links, plus a real time map on how the conditions are looking by the pros! Please take the time to educate yourself and consistently practice as much avalanche safety and awareness as possible!



In this video, the BCA team shows the steps to perform an avalanche transceiver trailhead check with snowmobiles, and how to ensure everyone’s beacons are working correctly before heading out on the trail.

This video takes you through the pinpointing–or probing–stage of an avalanche rescue. BCA’s Andy Wenberg illustrates the probing techniques used for companion rescue (when avalanche transceivers are used), spot probing (when no transceivers are used), and probe lines–usually performed by an organized rescue team. This is not a substitute for an avalanche class. Get educated before heading into the winter backcountry.

Dane Olson from the BCA customer service department shows off the features of our Float 8 avalanche airbag pack. This is our lowest profile pack for carrying minimal weight on your skis or snowmobile. Also offered as the Float 8 Compatible System (pack only).

Slim and lightweight with enough volume to carry rescue tools, the Float 8 features integration for BC Link radios, hydration sleeve, and multiple anchor points to carry external tools with straps (provided by user). Optional external shovel carry system sold separately.

” It doesn’t matter if you have made thousands of good calls – all it takes is one bad call and that is one too many. Some days the mountains are screaming GET OUT OF HERE and some days they are saying come on in – it’s time to party.” – Jeremy Jones

Do you know when to back off and when it’s good to go? The Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program will get you started down the path of learning the language of the mountains and becoming a better and safer rider.

The Utah Avalanche Center and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center have teamed up with Avalanche Canada, Backcountry Access, the American Avalanche Association, the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education, the National Avalanche Center, Sherpas Cinema, Red Bull Media House, Brainfarm, and others to bring you this beta which is unlike any other PSA you are likely to see.

Go to kbyg.org for more information.

Tracker3 is BCA’s newest avalanche transceiver. T3 is the thinnest, smallest multiple-antenna avalanche beacon available, with the same easy-to-use interface and real-time display as our best-selling Tracker2–but 20 percent smaller and lighter. In this video, BCA’s Andy Wenberg and Bruce Edgerly point out the Tracker3’s key features, including our new Signal Suppression and Big Picture modes for multiple burials. Tracker2’s legendary speed and ease of use, now in a smaller package!

Learn the basics of avalanche transceiver searching with the team from Backcountry Access. BCA in-house sales specialist Andy Wenberg introduces the four phases of the transceiver search: the signal search, coarse search, fine search, and pinpointing (probing). While Andy uses the Tracker2 in this video, the techniques apply to all transceivers.

Throttle Decisions Chapter 6: Terrain. Terrain selection is key to staying safe in the mountains. You’ve got to select the right terrain for the avalanche conditions.

Filmmaker Francois Desrosiers of FD Productions shot the video in 2012-13 with a host of riders across BC, capturing not only some great action but also some straight-shooting commentary from avalanche experts, brand-name riders and even some avalanche survivors.

The series is anchored by Avalanche Canada Forecaster Joe Lammers, a man equally at home on sled and skis.

Backcountry skiers and snowmobilers unite in this definitive product video on the Backcountry Access BC Link group communication system. BCA riders Andy Wenberg and Bruce Edgerly show the features of this popular two-way radio system, including the BC Link Smart Mic, base unit, and how to use the BC Link for backcountry group management, avalanche safety, and backcountry rescue. With the BC Link, you’re never alone!