All-new avalanche rescue class for snowmobilers offered

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – You’re snowmobiling in the backcountry when your buddy takes off to high-mark a slope you’ve been on a thousand times. In fact, you were just riding it that morning.

But this time it breaks. He’s swept away out of sight and buried. Your heart is racing. He has an airbag vest but you didn’t see it deployed. He has a beacon as well. You fumble for your transceiver. Where is your snow shovel? You have literally minutes to get him out.

It’s go time. What do you do?

It won’t matter if you did everything right, or made every mistake in the book. When an avalanche happens, the only thing you’ll be worried about is saving yourself and the people you are with.

Teton County Search and Rescue and Backcountry Zero will be offering an avalanche rescue skills workshop especially tailored for snowmobilers. Mike Duffy of Avalanche1 will lead this new classroom session with hands-on transceiver use, demonstrations, discussions and video.

Emphasis will be on avalanche transceivers and new rescue techniques. Class will start with a review on avalanche accidents, how to prevent getting caught. Nine different types of avalanches will be covered along with tips on how to read into an avalanche forecast, progressing into new, more advanced avalanche rescue techniques and transceiver use.

Students should bring their personal avalanche gear to class (transceiver, shovel, probe, pack, airbags). Bring your riding partners as well.

Class will be held at the TCSAR Hangar on Thursday, January 25 from 5:30 to 9:00pm. Space is limited. Sign up in advance to secure a spot.

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