Avalanche Education Saves Lives

More and more people are traveling into the snowy backcountry to enjoy spectacular scenery, untracked powder, and adventure. However, avalanches can turn this experience into tragedy.

Even small avalanches can seriously injure or kill. The overall survival rate for someone caught in an avalanche is one in three. It is critical to be well-versed in both avalanche avoidance and avalanche rescue techniques if venturing into the backcountry, either for recreation or for organized search and rescue operations.

NSP has been educating ski patrollers and other search and rescue personnel since 1957, making it the oldest and most experienced provider of avalanche education for rescue professionals in the U.S. NSP offers avalanche education for general recreationists as well.

All NSP avalanche courses meet or exceed curriculum recommendations established for each course by the American Avalanche Association. Course content is frequently updated to incorporate the latest avalanche research and skills. All avalanche education courses are taught by NSP-certified avalanche instructors who undergo rigorous training and evaluation of technical knowledge and teaching proficiency.

NSP is proud to support the  Know Before You Go program. This program, in collaboration with the  Utah Avalanche Center,  Friends of CAIC and  Recco, is designed to increase basic avalanche awareness and education for youth.

For more information on a course, whether a simple awareness presentation or a Level 1 avalanche program with extensive field training, contact the NSP today. A brief description of the courses offered is listed below.