Cliff Rescue for Ski Patrol

Cliff Rescue for Ski Patrol is a four-day certification course designed specifically for ski patrol dealing with the problem of cliffed out guests. Despite efforts to warn and inform with signage and closures, cliffed out guests are a reality at modern ski resorts. Rope rescue for ski patrol has some unique characteristics that differ from other rope rescue environments and this high-consequence task requires specific training. Learn systems that are simple, standardized and team-based to maximize training time, lower risk and improve success.

This certification course provides specific tools to allow patrollers to access, stabilize and transport cliffed out guests. We introduce concepts and techniques in the classroom and then move onto the mountain where we practice: anchors, belays and lowering for access; a quick chest harness for immediate stabilization and a tied seat harness for absolute stabilization of any size guest; assisted belays, solo lowers, tandem lowers and raises to move guests into a more secure position.

These solutions have been validated with testing, extensive training, and in real life rescues and have been proven to be useful in the vast majority of situations encountered. We also provide useful structure for the scene size-up and communication that are used in all rescues as well as tools to help with preparing for rescues and making the most of on-going internal training. Rescuing guests from being cliffed out requires specific skills and expertise. Get the training and certification you need to deal with this unique challenge and protect guests, patrollers and the resort.

Open enrollment courses are offered at Snowbird Ski Resort, or book a class at your resort by contacting Remote Rescue Training at rescue@utah.edu or 801-581-3785.

Prerequisites:

  • This course is open to all current ski patrollers with expert ski ability, ski patrol medical training, avalanche training and some rescue experience.
  • Experience with basic rope skills such as knot tying, anchor building, rappelling, and belaying is not required but is highly recommended.  
  • Aspiring and non-current ski patrollers will be assessed on an individual basis. Contact RRT before registering.

Read the article about this course published in Winter 2015 Ski Patrol Magazine here.

Schedule

DatesTimesCourseCost
March 9-12, 2015 0800-1630 daily Open enrollment course at Snowbird $540

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Enroll one patroller at full price and receive up to 2 more enrollments for patrollers from the same resort for 30% off (Email us before registering for a discount code.)

Or contact Remote Rescue Training schedule a course at your resort.