Winter Skills

Purpose:  Nordic Ski Patrol conducts 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

Registration is online at 

Textbook For those who would like a copy of the course text, it is available for purchase at a discounted rate of $15 or $35.Questions? Please contact Mariano Caunday (

When & Where:

Date: Thursday, Feb 3 2011
7:30pm - 9:00pm
San Mateo Adult School, 789 East Poplar Avenue San Mateo, CA

Date: Sat, February 26 – Sun, February 27 2011
Time: Saturday 07:00 to 16:00 Sunday
Location: Pinecrest Community Center, Pinecrest School Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364