Course Dates

Saturday, April 14, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dean Cummings’ H20 Guides will manage registrations for this course. Clicking on the registration button will take you to Dean Cummings’ H20 Guides where you can sign up and pay for your course. Don't forget to click the CME option if you would like to attend the CME portion of the course and get your CME credits.



Price: $7,889.00

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.

Alaska Heli Ski Adventure and Winter Wilderness Medicine & Rescue

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.


  • 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

  • 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 -


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.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC reserves the right to change or substitute course faculty without advance or prior notice to participants.


John Swanson
Education Director - MD, FACEP
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John Swanson is a board certified emergency physician at a Level II trauma center and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM).  He is currently the medical director for the Northstar Medical Clinic, which manages acute ski and snowboard injuries on the mountain.  He has served as medical director and assistant medical director for the Tahoe Forest Hospital District EMS and the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) in Reno respectively.  As well as the Medical Director for Careflight. Dr. Swanson is currently an ATLS instructor and has presented various topics in emergency and wilderness medicine to a variety of audiences including UNSOM, numerous ski patrols, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Physicians. He is also AIARE level 1 and level 2 certified.
Eric Stendell
Medical Director - MD, FACEP, DiMM
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Eric Stendell is a board certified emergency physician at a busy Level II trauma center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). While training at the UCSF-Fresno Emergency medicine Program he gained extensive wilderness medicine experience while providing medical direction to area National Parks and providing medical training for Park rangers from all around the country. Dr. Stendell has completed the UIAA-ICAR Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DIMM), advanced wilderness life support (AWLS) course, and the AIARE level 1 and level 2 courses. He is an avid mountaineer, backcountry skier, rock climber and mountain biker. He has had the pleasure of combining these passions while working in local ski clinics (evaluating and treating acutely injured skiers – Northstar Medical Clinic), working as a physician on the Alpine Meadows Ski patrol and as a member of the local Search and Rescue (SAR). These duties have included providing medical training for ski patrollers, SAR team members, and Dr. Stendell is currently the medical advisor to the local SAR team. Dr. Stendell has given several conference lectures on wilderness medicine and most recently lectured and taught field sessions at the AWLS course in Lake Tahoe. He is also a candidate for the Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

Faculty Disclosure

It is the policy of Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC to disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest of faculty members related to the content of their presentation to participants to help the participants form their own judgment about the presentation.