WFA for Winter Backcountry Users


Our WFA for Winter Backcountry Users 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).

Upcoming Courses:

WFA for Winter Backcountry Users

No courses currently scheduled, please check back or contact us.

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

Hours: 16

Length:  2 Days

Training:  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