Zacs Tracs Avalanche Rescue Workshop

“… at first I thought that the Rescue Workshop would be a good refresher
but turns out that it’s just another chapter to an ongoing learning experience.”
– Ron Charawich

The Avalanche Rescue Workshop is a hands-on session with avalanche search equipment and includes group exercises to recover deeply buried snowmobilers.

You have got the gear… Learn how to use it!

Tools are only as good as the operator…

Could you locate someone? …quickly?!
Could your friends find you? …in time?!

If you should ever find yourself in the situation to need it, the transceiver search should be second nature, freeing your mind up for more complicated rescue needs.

Digital or analog….what is the best? One antennae, two, three…?
What is the difference? Marking features? Are they worth the extra cost?


This is a hands on session with transceivers, shovels, probes, and backpacks. Bring your own or learn about the options available using our equipment to experiment with. This evening session includes a video, discussion and indoor practice of strategies for the recovery of deeply buried riders. As well, small groups strategize by delegating riders and resources during complex search scenarios using Zac’s Tracs magnetic rescue training boards.

Avalanche probes and shovels look pretty simple, but there are still important techniques to get the best performance out of the gear without destroying it. Avalanche snow can be brutal.

Finally, put this all together in a group scenario to discover 5 key questions that must be asked before any avy rescue.

Avalanche rescue is not a skill that you want to learn as you go.

Attending an Avalanche Rescue Workshop can give you the tools to save a life!

We encourage everyone to attend these workshops. These sessions will put you a step ahead of others during your AST 1 Mountain Field session. Rather than working on the basic functions of the gear in the practical rescue session at the mountains your mind will be more open and ready to work on more team work functions that equate to real time savings during an actual emergency.

The 3 hour Rescue Workshops (RW) presentation will cover all makes and models of transceivers commonly available in North America.


This will be an indoor / outdoor presentation. If you already down avalanche rescue gear please bring your personal transceiver, probe, shovel, backpack (airbag not necessary) and a set of winter gloves.  If you don’t have access to rescue gear, please bring a backpack and set of winter gloves.  Demo equipment will be available for you to borrow. Please dress for the weather as we may take the opportunity to go outdoors for part of the program.
It is recommended that you label all personal gear with your name to prevent loss.


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