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$150 CDN per person. Includes instruction and avalanche safety equipment. Price does not include GST, park entry fees, meals or transportation.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is available through the Simpson Group.

Is it for You?

We recommend that you have had some prior formal avalanche training before taking the Companion Rescue Skills Course. An AST 1 or AST 2, or an equivalent avalanche awareness course will help you to understand and consolidate the skills taught on this program.

Companion Rescue Skills

The Companion Rescue Skills Course curriculum was designed and developed by Avalanche Canada. The course is a perfect choice for those who want to refresh and update their avalanche search and rescue skills. If you recreate or work in or around avalanche terrain this is the course for you. Every year skiers, hikers, climbers and sledders face the challenge of moving safely in avalanche terrain. This course will enhance your skills and provide you with the necessary tools and approaches to perform effective companion rescue should the need arise.Avalanche Canada

We will look at preventative measures in avalanche terrain, understanding and utilizing the avalanche safety gear, learn and practice search and rescue with transceivers probes and shovels. Learn and practice with digital beacon technology, learn techniques for deep burials, learn how to search without a beacon by identifying likely areas and random spot probing and also learn and practice new and effective shovel techniques. We will also practice with multiple burials, managing a search and post incident considerations.

Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate in Companion Rescue.

Course Agenda

Saturday (At Yamnuska Office in Canmore)

7:30 am

  • Introductions, goals and objectives, agenda
  • Gear Review: Avalanche Transceivers, Probes, Shovels and airbags
  • Companion Rescue: A methodical approach review
  • Depart to program area

9:30 am

  • Consider and incorporate preventative measures in avalanche terrain.
  • Prioritize actions if caught in an avalanche.
  • Understand transceiver functions and practice transceiver skills.
  • Methodical approach to transceiver searching.
  • Apply search and rescue techniques.
  • Practice searching without a transceiver.
  • Effective shovelling and digging techniques.
  • Multiple burial situations.
  • Organize a group rescue.
  • Identify post-incident considerations.


  • Debrief
  • Certificates presented

Location at Bow Summit, on Highway 93, 40 km north of Lake Louise or at selected areas of Kananaskis Country or Banff National Park dependant on road and snow conditions.


NOTE ON RISK: The course takes place in the backcountry in a winter environment. Conditions can be harsh and you need to be adequately dressed to enhance your comfort and learning. During the day we will be on the periphery of avalanche terrain however, we do limit our exposure to avalanches so that we can operate in the program area no matter what the avalanche danger is for that given day. All of our guides/instructors carry first aid kits and emergency communication. The course is designed to provide a good platform for learning and is not meant to be physically challenging or to put you at risk.