Winter Skills

 Winter Travel & Survival

Time, Date and Location

Please refer to our training calendar


Purpose: Members of the various Nordic Ski Patrols throughout the state conduct most backcountry winter operations in California. These highly trained individuals have extensive training under these conditions, and are the logical choice for these operations. However, snow can fall during any month in the Sierras. As a result of this, it is important for every member to know how to travel safely in the snow, and how to build fires & construct shelters during winter conditions.

Format: Full weekend course, with lectures and outdoor activities, including overnight snow camping. (20-30 hours) Skills emphasized: Winter travel issues & techniques; avalanche safety; building snow caves & other shelters; building fires in the snow; preventing & treating hypothermia; clothing selection; food selection & preparation; evacuating and treating the injured person.

Prerequisites: Outdoor Skills Introduction to Wilderness Navigation Standard First Aid and CPR SAR Tactics

 Class Details

Sign up for this class through the Pinecrest Nordic Ski Patrol Site. Note that the paypal registration link is at the very bottom of this webpage. Keep scrolling.
Download the course manual
New Trainees: Under registration, we recommend you use the "Scouting/ESAR $50" registration fee. This fee includes the course text available on the weekend. The textbook is good. If you think you can go without the text, use the "Scouting, ESAR No Book" fee. Members may share a text.
Returning ESAR members: ESAR members who have already taken the course may use the "Scouting, ESAR No Book" fee.
Instructors: If you want to volunteer to instruct, send email to for instructions on registration.

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2013's Cal-ESAR class
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