April 14-21, 2018 | Valdez, Alaska


Dean Cummings’ H20 Guides has partnered with Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC to provide a unique, world-class heli-ski CME opportunity. 

This course is set in the rugged Chugach Mountains surrounding Valdez and Prince William Sound among the greatest concentration of separate glaciers in Alaska.  Join us and learn how to manage medical emergencies in remote mountainous and glaciated terrain with and without the helicopter. 

We provide an unmatched, multi-disciplinary approach to winter wilderness medicine and mountain rescue with a focus on companion rescue and improvised rescue skills. In this course you will learn from a team of guides from Dean Cummings’ H20 Guides and mountain medicine physicians from Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. Dean Cummings’ guides will focus on backcountry protocols and risk assessment; specifically the ability to assess and identify hazards, implement practical terrain management techniques to avoid avalanches and hazards, perform limited high angle and crevasse rescue, and perform multi-burial search and rescue. 

The faculty from Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC(TWM) will take your mountain medicine expertise to the next level by providing our winter wilderness medicine and rescue CME curriculum. This carefully crafted curriculum was designed by a team of emergency physicians, pre-hospital providers, mountain guides, avalanche professionals, ski patrollers, and SAR professionals. We (TWM) focus on the skills that will allow participants to apply their existing knowledge to a multitude of backcountry medical emergencies. While the guides will focus in terrain avalanches and other mountain skills, TWM will focus on patient assessment, extrication, management and evacuation in the winter wilderness environment.  


$7,389 per person (add $500 for CME credits) includes:

  • Helicopter, guides and instructors for seven days
  • 7 nights lodging (based on double occupancy)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day)
  • Safety equipment included: avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, harness, and backpack
  • Ground shuttle to and from Valdez Pioneer Field airport


This partnership will provide a unique CME opportunity while skiing some of the best terrain and best snow on the planet.  Through lectures, hands-on workshops and case-based scenarios, you will hone your winter wilderness and rescue skills and learn to apply your medical knowledge to the austere winter mountain environment.


  • Avalanche Resuscitation
  • Ski and Snowboard Injury Patterns
  • Fractures and Dislocations in the Wilderness
  • Pre-hospital Patient Assessment and Care in the Wilderness
  • Wilderness Rescue for the Backcountry Traveler
  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite
  • Wilderness Medical Kits
  • Avalanche Rescue
  • Avalanche Case Scenarios


After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased awareness of medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments.
  • Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location.
  • Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings.


Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.


The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits (TM).  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Thirteen California Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC reserves the right to change or substitute course faculty without advance or prior notice to participants.