Norway Ski Adventure - Winter Wilderness Medicine and 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 Credits TM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

Wilderness Medicine and Backcountry Skiing

Ski Summit to Sea

Mountain peaks with incredible vistas of the Arctic Ocean and Norway fjords are just the beginning of what you’ll find in the Lofoten Islands.  March is powder season in Lofoten so be ready to explore couloirs and peaks and the thrill of awesome descents!  Enjoy 6 days of guided backcountry skiing with certified mountain guides. Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC has partnered with Northern Alpine Guides and Lofoten Ski Lodge to offer this weeklong Winter Wilderness Medicine course in the Lofoten Islands of Norway.

Learn practical winter wilderness medicine skills in the outdoor winter environment

Through lectures, hands-on sessions and scenarios, you will enhance your medical training and learn to apply your medical knowledge to the winter outdoor environment.

Educational Objectives: After attending this conference, the participants will be able to: 

  • ​Demonstrate increased awareness of medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments
  • Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location
  • Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings

Topics include:

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

Lofoten Ski Lodge in Kalle, Norway will be our hosts for the course.

Lofoten Ski Lodge has 2-bedroom cabins accomodating 4-6 people.  Accommodations are shared 2 bedroom cabins for 4-6 people in each cabin.  The cabins are former fishing bunkhouses that have been renovated with bedrooms, a bathroom and shower, and a kitchen/living room area with a wood-burning stove to keep you cozy. The main lodge is a restored brygge, a traditional timber frame building from the heyday of the 1800s fishing industry.  The lodge is where we’ll meet for top quality, local cuisine and course lectures.  The lodge also offers lounging areas to relax by the fire, play ping pong, or even strike up the band in the music corner.  If we’re lucky, we’ll see the Northern Lights!

Special Addition!  Wilderness Emergency Ultrasound

We are excited to offer this special addition to our Norway course.

Through a combination of lectures and hands-on scanning, we will explore the application of portable, hand-held ultrasound in mountain and other wilderness environments. We will examine current literature supporting various uses of ultrasound in austere settings and will view ultrasound images of pathological features. We will also compare and review currently available lightweight handheld devices. Students will then have time to practice scanning eachother using handheld ultrasound devices. Specific topics include:

  • Lung ultrasound in diagnosis of HAPE, pneumonia, and pneumothorax
  • Optic-nerve sheath diameter in HACE
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound to diagnose fractures, dislocations, and soft-tissue injuries
  • Abdominal ultrasound for SBO, appendicitis and hemoperitoneum in trauma and ectopic pregnancy
  • Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks
  • Cardiac ultrasound
  • DVT ultrasound
  • IVC ultrasound for volume assessment


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.