february, 2020

2020sun02febAll Daythu06FeaturedC-RAD Annual Winter Course - 2020: February 2nd - 6th(All Day) MST Vail Ski Resort Event Organized By: C-RAD Event Type :Courses


Event Details

This course is designed for avalanche search and rescue professionals, both dog handlers and technicians looking to develop their skills as professional rescuers for missions within and outside of their resort boundaries. Participants will build and review fundamental skills while also learning new and innovative techniques and tactics relative to working as a professional rescuer on avalanche missions and backcountry search and rescue. Our instructors and facilitators are industry leaders and trainers from organizations around the State, Country and North America. They represent professional outdoor guide and instructor programs, military and law enforcement agencies, urban and wilderness SAR programs, and have represented their own rescue organizations domestically and internationally on a variety of mission types. They all share a common goal of sharing their passion with others, building the next generation of professional rescuers, and helping each person and team succeed on an individual basis, based on their needs, challenges and strengths.

Our goals for this course are to solidify current skills and abilities, while also supporting participants in developing new skills and how they relate to roles and responsibilities in search and rescue on a larger scale.

For K9’s there will be a combination of search drills and scenarios, obedience training, agility courses, and various transportation methods exposure, as well as other engagement and socialization opportunities built it into the program.

For Technicians, the course provides opportunities to develop and refresh hard skills; such as Recco, beacon and other common avalanche rescue equipment usage, as well as professional rescuers skills such as; patient treatment, triage and packaging, low angle, scree or snow rescue techniques and equipment usage, methods and equipment for land navigation, incident command responsibilities, structure and communication skills, as well as involvement with K9 training where applicable or desired.

Audit role (Handler ONLY, No Dog). We have the opportunity to offer a few “audit” roles for future dog handlers, looking to attend this course without a dog. The goal is to learn the process and develop skills to be come a great handler. There are only a few of these slots available, and we are asking that if someone registers for this role that they commit to at least three days, in order to experience the development and growth over the majority of the duration.


Vail Ski Resort. VAIL, CO


February 2nd – 6th, 2020



Feb 2nd: Events will start the evening of Feb 2nd. There will be no on snow events this day. Check-in, expectations, and presentations will occur.

STARTING Feb 3rd: 0800-0430 MST each day (Training may run longer based on the progress or desire of participants)

NOTE: Coffee and Breakfast will be available at 0800 – Training will begin shortly after.

Course Value:

$450 – Dog Handler

$150 – 1 Day Technicians (February 6th ONLY)

(Included in Value: Course Instruction and Feedback, Breakfast and Lunch each day, Evening social event with drinks and food, and course gift).

***Priority will be given to applicants who can commit to the Full Course for their respected discipline.***

In an effort to provide the highest quality training and allow for proper preparation, There will be NO DAY OF/WALK UP REGISTRATION, please make sure that if you plan on attending the course you submit an application for consideration.

TO APPLY: C-RAD Winter Course Application Form


february 2 (Sunday) - 6 (Thursday) MST


Vail Ski Resort


C-RADinfo@c-rad.org PO Box 983 Frisco, CO 80443

Contact Info

C-RAD IS NOT A FIELDING ORGANIZATION. To learn more about requesting a team, CLICK HERE.

Phone: 970-703-6845
PO Box 983
Frisco, CO 80443


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The mission of Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (C-RAD) is to cultivate, inspire and produce dog teams for successful avalanche search and rescue.