- Avalanche Rescue Fundamentals (2010 edition)
- Avalanche Rescue Quick Guide (2009 edition)
- "Active Avalanche Safety Plans: Recommended Generic Table of Contents," Avalanche.CA: The Journal of Canada's Avalanche Community, Volume 88 Spring 2009
- "Writing an Avalanche Safety Plan," Avalanche.CA: The Journal of Canada's Avalanche Community, Volume 91 Winter 2009-10
- Example of Traditional Three-Stage rescue plan (not keyed into ICS)
- Mountain Rescue Association: Avalanche Rescue Operations
- Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol: Avalanche Rescue Plan
- U.S. Forest Service and Mount Washington Volunteer Ski Patrol: avy portion (older version, and unofficial excerpt)
- Rescue at Cherry Bowl
Your assignment is to develop a very simplified start of an outline for in-bounds rescue plan in case something goes wrong.
Remember, this could be a result of either a post-control avalanche on an officially open slope (don't worry about the lawsuit implications!) or skiers/riders "poaching" pre-control closed slopes (do worry about the hangfire to rescuers!).
- A marked-up copy of the ski area trail map showing potential avalanche terrain, rescue gear caches, and continuously staffed patroller locations.
- What patrollers will be considered capable of responding to a rescue in avalanche terrain (e.g., what level of training)?
- What equipment will patrollers be required to have with them at all times?
- Who will make the decision on whether the slope is safe for rescuers?
- Very simplified diagram applying the organizational structure you learned in your FEMA ICS course.
Be prepared to provide a very brief oral presentation on the key points of your rescue plan to your fellow students during the Module 3 Rescue Session.
And finally, for inspiration of sorts, the picture below is from Holiday Valley in Western New York: