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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 8 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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


This course is set out of Revelstoke, B.C. with Canadian Mountain Holiday Heliskiing, CMH. Join us and learn how to manage medical emergencies in the mountains during the winter. Not only will we offer a great education, but you will also be able to enjoy skiing the legendary light snow of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain Ranges via helicopter transportation. We provide an unmatched, multi-disciplinary approach to winter wilderness medicine and mountain rescue with a focus on companion rescue and improvised rescue skills.


1/26/2021: Fly into Kelowna International Airport, B.C. and stay at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel Kelowna, B.C. that evening.

1/27/2021: Group meets for breakfast then immediately hops on a  two hour bus ride to Revelstoke Regent Inn. We do introductions and assign groups. When have lunch and go heliskiing for the afternoon. Apres Ski following skiing every day. Entire group dinner.

01/28/2021 through 02/01/2021: All day heliskiing. Group breakfasts, lunches, Apres Ski and dinners included every day. CME times will be scattered throughout the days on the mountain in helicopter supported austere snow terrain as well as in conference rooms. Locations of hands on drills and lectures will be announced daily.

02/02/2021: Breakfast followed by a bus ride back to Kelowna International Airport, B.C. for departure flights.

Learn practical wilderness medicine skills in an outdoor environment

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


  • Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
  • Altitude illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Avalanche Resuscitation
  • Frostbite
  • Fractures and Dislocations in the the Wilderness
  • Wilderness Medical Kits
  • Pre-hospital Patient Assessment and Care in the Wilderness
  • Wilderness Rescue and Packaging/Evacuation
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment and Techniques

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

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.


Christian Purgason
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Christian Purgason is a board certified emergency medicine physician at a busy Level II trauma center and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). During medical school, Christian trained in Wilderness Medicine through the Wilderness Medical Society’s month-long elective and participated in high altitude research and medical care in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepal. Currently, Christian teaches medical students and residents in the emergency department and staffs and trains sports medicine fellows at a local ski resort clinic in the Lake Tahoe area where he sees a significant amount of snow sports related injuries. Christian has instructed for various University outdoor recreation programs, worked as a professional river guide/trip leader and white water kayak instructor, professional ski patroller, a Volunteer Doctor Ski Patroller and for an EMS agency as a pre-hospital care provider. Christian did his undergraduate education at University of Colorado Boulder, medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and Residency in Emergency Medicine with an emphasis on Wilderness Medicine at UCSF- Fresno.

Faculty Disclosure

All faculty reported no relevant financial relationships to disclose.