WFA for Winter Backcountry Users (WFA)

This course is designed for the winter backcountry user interested in bridging the gap between their avalanche education and medical response. The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and basic life support skills. This training focuses on prevention, assessment and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to winter backcountry recreation and includes wilderness medicine guidelines for the treatment of avalanche victims.

This specialty course is taught by Desert Mountain Medicine instructors who are employed as either professional mountain guides, or outdoor educators, in combination with emergency medicine (e.g., emergency department, mountain rescue, ski patrol or EMS).

All WFA for Winter Backcountry Users courses are designated with the  on the course schedule.

Upcoming WFA for Winter Backcountry Users Courses:

Dec 3 – Dec 5, 2021 – Red Mountain Pass, CO
This course will be hosted out of St Paul Hut.

friends-of-the-caicFriends of the CAIC get a 10% discount on this course!
The coupon code is available in your Friends of the CAIC membership account.

Hours: 16

Length:  2 Days

Certifications:  CPR, WFA

Prerequisite: None

CEU: None


  • Traumatic Injuries Associated With Winter Backcountry Activities
  • Winter Environmental Medicine
  • Protocols And The ICAR Avalanche Burial Checklist
  • Intro To Backcountry Communication Devices
  • Winter Specific Litter Building
  • Basic Documentation
  • Basics Of Calling A Rescue
  • Urban Vs Wilderness Medicine
  • Intro To Wilderness Recreation Law & Liability
  • Basic Wilderness Medicine Guidelines
  • Intro To Wilderness Risk Management
  • Patient Assessment In Cold Austere Environments
  • Basic Life Support
  • Red Flag Backcountry Medical Problems
  • Wilderness Anaphylaxis Training