Alaska Heli Ski Adventure and Winter Wilderness Medicine & Rescue

Course Location

 

Target Audience

Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.

 

CME Information

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

13 California Continuing Education credits available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC has partnered with Dean Cummings' H20 Guides to provide a unique, world-class heli-ski CME opportunity.

This course is set in the rugged Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez and Prince William Sound among the greatest concentration of separate glaciers in Alaska.  Join us and learn how to manage medical emergencies in remote, mountainous and glaciated terrain. 

We provide an unmatched, multi-disciplinary approach to winter wilderness medicine and mountain rescue with a focus on companion rescue and improvised rescue skills. In this course you will learn from a team of guides and mountain medicine physicians. Dean Cummings’ guides will focus on backcountry protocols and risk assessment; specifically the ability to assess and identify hazards, implement practical terrain management techniques to avoid avalanches and hazards, perform limited high angle and crevasse rescue, and perform multi-burial search and rescue. 

The faculty from Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC (TWM) will take your mountain medicine expertise to the next level by providing our winter wilderness medicine and rescue CME curriculum. This carefully crafted curriculum was designed by a team of emergency physicians, pre-hospital providers, mountain guides, avalanche professionals, ski patrollers, and SAR professionals. TWM focuses on the skills that will allow participants to apply their existing knowledge to a multitude of backcountry medical emergencies. While the guides will focus on terrain, avalanches and other mountain skills, TWM will focus on patient assessment, extrication, management and evacuation in the winter wilderness environment.

This partnership will provide a unique CME opportunity while skiing some of the best terrain and best snow on the planet.  Through lectures, hands-on workshops and case-based scenarios, you will hone your winter wilderness and rescue skills and learn to apply your medical knowledge to the austere winter mountain environment.

We do offer a non-CME course option which is available for non-medical participants to enjoy the trip with a medical professional registered for the course.  The non-CME option does not include the Winter Wilderness Medicine & Rescue training and education.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Avalanche Resuscitation
  • Ski and Snowboard Injury Patterns
  • Fractures and Dislocations in the Wilderness
  • Pre-hospital Patient Assessment and Care in the Wilderness
  • Wilderness Rescue for the Backcountry Traveler
  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Wilderness Medical Kits
  • Avalanche Rescue
  • Avalanche Case Scenarios

Additional Options

The following additional options are available by contacting our partner Dean Cummings' H20 Guides at 907-835-8418 or by email at reservations@h2oguides.com:

  • Alaksa Fine Dining experience
  • Room upgrades
  • Single lodging
  • Special Diets
  • Equipment rentals

Travel to Valdez

Travel to Valdez from mainland US is easy!  With many direct flights to Ted Stevens International Aiport in Anchorage and a 45-minute scenic flight to Valdez, you can be skiing the the day after your arrival.  Two daily connecting flights to Pioneer Valdez Field are offered by Ravn Alaska - www.flyravn.com.

WE RECOMMEND THE PURCHASE OF TRAVEL INSURANCE

Due to changes in weather and the remoteness of backcountry skiing, we highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Types of coverage to consider include: trip cancellation, medical, rescue and evacuation, lost baggage, trip delay, etc. We are not travel insurance experts, please consult an insurance company with any specific questions.

Two travel companies to consider: Travel Guard and World Nomads.