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Training

The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team holds several training sessions every month throughout the autumn, winter, and spring. Training exercises vary from the ubiquitous terrain familiarization to first aid, avalanche safety or backcountry navigation. The Team trainings are designed to be fun and informative and all Team members are encouraged to attend.

Wondering what to bring? Check out a suggested Gear List.

If you provide a training, or otherwise require a reimbursement from TNSAR (for lunch subsidy, equipment purchase, etc), please use this form for reimbursement.

The following were the TNSAR trainings for the 2009 - 2010 season.

OCTOBER 12 (Mon) -- NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

  • Where: Team Garage
  • When: 6pm Team Garage
  • Contact: Brian York (use current callout list for phone #)

Calling all new members! Learn how to go on trainings, searches, participate with education, and all the committees that make the team spin. You found out how to get the free beer now come and be an integral part of the team.

OCTOBER 17 (Sat) -- WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE

  • Where: Squaw Valley Fire Dept.
  • When: 8am Team Garage; 8:30am Squaw Valley Fire Dept.
  • Contact: Steve Reynaud (use current callout list for phone #)

Class is full. The class will be held at the newer east Squaw Valley Fire Dept. both days 8:30-5pm. Bring your normal search/day pack and some warm clothes, class will be inside and outside.

OCTOBER 19 (Mon) -- MAP AND COMPASS TRAINING

  • Where: Kings Beach Fire Department
  • When: 6:30pm Upstairs conference room, KB Fire
  • Contact: Randall Osterhuber (use current callout list for phone #)

Do you know how to read a topo map? Can you locate your position on a map in the field? Come learn the basics of map and compass use.

OCTOBER 25 (Sun) -- HIGH ANGLE RESCUE TRAINING

  • Where: School Rock, Donner Summit
  • When: 9am Team Garage; 9:30am Wild Cherries, Truckee
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Practice rope and rescue skills in high angle terrain on rock at Donner Summit. These skills will be the foundation and will crossover to snow and ice, what our team specializes in the winter time.

NOVEMBER 5 (Thu) -- COMM VAN TRAINING

  • Where: Burton Creek Sheriff Dept.
  • When: 6:30pm Burton Creek Sheriff Dept.
  • Contact: Rick Miller (use current callout list for phone #)

Learn the inner workings of the Comm Van. If you are interested in going on trainings this is one of the faster ways to participate.

NOVEMBER 10 (Tue) -- ANATOMY OF A SEARCH/COORDINATOR INVOLVEMENT

  • Where: Kings Beach Fire Dept.
  • When: 6:30pm KB Fire, upstairs conference room
  • Contact: Dirk Schoonmaker ; Steve Twomey (use current callout list for phone #)

How does a search work? Who gets called, how do you become a coordinator? This training will cover how a search begins from the reporting party to police involement to the team's response.

NOVEMBER 12 (Thu) -- GPS INDOOR TRAINING/PRACTICE

  • Where: Tahoe Cross Country Nordic Center
  • When: 6:30pm Tahoe Cross Country Nordic Center
  • Contact: Gerald Rockwell (use current callout list for phone #)

Come join Gerald and get hands on instruction on how to use a GPS in a warm cozy indoor environment. Perfect for the beginner or as a refresher that most of us need on a yearly basis. Plan on 6:30-8:30pm and location will be announced.

NOVEMBER 14 (Sat) -- MT. ROSE HIKE

  • Where: Mt. Rose Area
  • When: 8am Team Garage; 8:30am Kings Beach Safeway
  • Contact: Sara Carbonari (use current callout list for phone #)

Sara will be leading a hike in the Mt. Rose area with a medical scenario during the day for practice. Bring your normal search pack and come enjoy the fall weather. T's rotisserie to follow a rigorous training day.

NOVEMBER 17 (Tue) -- GPS OUTDOOR NIGHT TRAINING

  • Where: Tahoe City Cross Country
  • When: 6pm Tahoe Cross Country Parking Lot
  • Contact: Mike Lefrancois (use current callout list for phone #)

Meet @ Tahoe Cross Country parking lot in the Highlands. GPS practice from 6-8pm. Let Mike know you are coming, bring your GPS or arrange to borrow one from the truck.

DECEMBER 7 (Mon) -- 2009 WINTER SPORTS INJURY SYMPOSIUM

  • Where: Resort at Squaw Creek
  • When: 3pm Resort at Squaw Creek
  • Contact: Center for Health & Sport /530 587-3769(use current callout list for phone #)

Tahoe Forest Health System presents the 2009 Winter Sports Injury Symposium. Includes: CE's, Food, Expo, Raffle Prizes and No Host Bar. Registration: $20. Register at www.regonline.com/WSIS2009

DECEMBER 13 (Sun) -- MT. ROSE SKI TRAINING

  • Where: Mt. Rose
  • When: 8am Team Garage; 8:30am KB Safeway
  • Contact: Jeff DeVries (use current callout list for phone #)

Wax up your skis! We will be skiing on this Sunday up at Mt. Rose! Guaranteed face shots for everyone who shows up. Call Jeff to let him know your coming and to get the plan.

DECEMBER 19 (Sat) -- BRADLEY HUT-POLE CREEK HELICOPTER TRAINING

  • Where: Pole Creek/Bradley Hut
  • When: 7am Team Garage; 7:30am Pole Creek Trailhead
  • Contact: Bob Wright ; Doug Read (use current callout list for phone #)

We have the Bradley Hut reserved on Friday night, 12/18, before the training-contact Doug Read if you want to stay in the hut. The helicopter training will be in Pole Creek on Saturday above the hut, contact Bob Wright if interested.

DECEMBER 20 (Sun) -- MOCK SEARCH AND PLB TRAINING

  • Where: Martis Peak
  • When: 7am Team Garage; 7:30am Martis Peak Trailhead
  • Contact: Chris McConnell (use current callout list for phone #)

Mock scenario based SAR simulation with activation of PLB. Call Chris McConnell to participate @ 530-546-4235.

JANUARY 6 (Wed) -- GARMIN 60CSX GPS TRAINING

  • Where: Kings Beach Fire Dept.
  • When: 6:00pm KB Fire
  • Contact: Brian York (use current callout list for phone #)

This GPS training will be geared for those who have received a team issued gps, but everyone is welcome.

JANUARY 17 (Sun) -- WEST SHORE SKI TOUR

  • Where: West Shore
  • When: 8am Team Garage
  • Contact: Russ Viehmann (use current callout list for phone #)

Join Russ for a beautiful day on the west shore of Lake Tahoe-our premiere ski terrain. We will be familiarizing ourselves with the terrain while getting in some superb backcountry skiing.

JANUARY 20 (Wed) -- POSTPONED:DONNER PEAK TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Donner Summit
  • When: 8:00am Wild Cherries; 7:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Geoff Quine ; Scott Meyer (use current callout list for phone #)

Postponed due to upcoming weather/patrol having snow safety work to conduct. Stay tuned for rescheduled date.

JANUARY 23 (Sat) -- CANCELED: OVERNIGHT WITH PLACER COUNTY SAR (SAT-SUN)

  • Where: Yuba Gap
  • When: 8:00am call ahead
  • Contact: JIMMY SMITH (use current callout list for phone #)

This training has been canceled by PCSO, stay tuned to see if it is rescheduled. Snomobiles, Snowcats, Skiiers welcome. Hone your skills and help the Auburn folks learn a thing or tow about SAR in the snow. Be sure to call ahead for additional de

JANUARY 28 (Thu) -- AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 1 COURSE

  • Where: Squaw Valley
  • When: 5pm Squaw Valley
  • Contact: Steve Reynaud (use current callout list for phone #)

Avalanche Level 1 Course: Thursday Jan. 28/Friday Jan 29, 5-9pm. Sat/Sun Jan 30-31, 8-5pm. Fully refundable deposit of $275 to hold your spot which you will get back at the end of course. Limited to 14 participants.

FEBRUARY 3 (Wed) -- DESOLATION WILDERNESS SKI TOUR

  • Where: Desolation Wilderness
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8am Bayview Trailhead
  • Contact: Joe Pace (use current callout list for phone #)

Joe Pace will lead a ski tour into Desolation Wilderness-with some peak ascents/descents. Nothing quite compares to this remote ski terrain in our area. Come ski with Joe and discover this amazing terrain. Confirm with Joe before training.

FEBRUARY 17 (Wed) -- SUGAR BOWL JOINT TRAINING

  • Where: Sugar Bowl/Coldstream Canyon
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8am Wild Cherries
  • Contact: Geoff Quine ; Scott Meyer (use current callout list for phone #)

Joint training with SB ski patrol, skiers and snowmobilers. - Call Geoff or Scott (RSVP by Feb 13 for a lift ticket).

FEBRUARY 21 (Sun) -- HOMEWOOD SKI RESORT

  • Where: Homewood-West Shore
  • When: 8am Team Garage; 8:30am Homewood Parking Lot
  • Contact: Sara Carbonari (use current callout list for phone #)

Ho Ho Homewood. We will be checking out the boundaries and sidecountry skiing around Homewood including Elis Peak. Confirm with Sara for a lift ticket. Not a training to be missed- smile your at Homewood.

FEBRUARY 27 (Sat) -- MAGIC BUS SKI TOUR

  • Where: Secret Spot, CA/NV
  • When: 7am Team Garage
  • Contact: Paul Honeywell (use current callout list for phone #)

This ski tour is so secret we need to keep it under wraps at this time. Paul is inviting a small group to his personal ski mecca, this could be life changing. Do you know how to ski? Call Paul to reserve your spot on the Magic Bus Ride...

MARCH 20 (Sat) -- PLACER COUNTY JOINT TRAINING

  • Where: Cisco Grove
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8am Wild Cheeries
  • Contact: Jimmy Smith (use current callout list for phone #)

Joint training with Placer County Auburn SAR team. We will be focused on avalanche rescue, tracking and skiing/search skills.

MARCH 21 (Sun) -- CANCELLED MT. ROSE SKI BONANZA

  • Where: Mt. Rose, NV
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8am Kings Beach Safeway
  • Contact: Jeff DeVries (use current callout list for phone #)

This training is postponed until a later date. Come to the Mt. Rose Backcountry, get up to 10,000 feet and ski some great spring snow. Guaranteed to be either shin deep powder or perfect velvet corn, either way-EPIC.....

MARCH 22 (Mon) -- MOCK SEARCH -2 DAY MARCH 22, 23

  • Where: ALPINE MEADOWS
  • When: 9:00am ALPINE
  • Contact: RAY O'BRIEN (use current callout list for phone #)

Need several skiers, couple snomo's and the snowcat for this one. Contact Ray for Details

MARCH 28 (Sun) -- SQUAW VALLEY USA TRAINING

  • Where: Squaw Valley USA
  • When: 7:30am Team Garage; 8am Tram Building
  • Contact: Peter York (use current callout list for phone #)

Call Peter to RSVP. We will be traveling through terrain off of Squaws' boundary that is not easily accessed. Doug Read will arrange his annual BBQ somewhere along the way, rendezvousing with the mechanized folks somewhere around the Cedars.

APRIL 15 (Thu) -- NORTHSTAR "TAX RELIEF" TRAINING DAY

  • Where: Northstar Ski Resort
  • When: 9am Team Garage; 8:30am Skiers @ Northstar
  • Contact: Chris McConnell ; Brian York (use current callout list for phone #)

Skiers meet at Gondola Bldg,Snowmobilers meet at End of Regency,Snowcat at Team Garage. Skiers will take first tracks boundary tour of the popular "Challenger" run and "Hell's Gate" exit point. Snowmobilers will make a run down the "900" road to fam

APRIL 30 (Fri) -- AUBURN SAR TRAINING

  • Where: Cabin Creek
  • When: 8:00am Team Garage; 9:30am Cabin Creek
  • Contact: Brendan Compton (use current callout list for phone #)

Equipment: Snowmobiles, SAR truck for towing (if available), rescue sled.

Training: The Snowmobile Group & possibly Auburn snowcat will train in the area from Cabin Creek to Cold Stream Canyon . We will work on terrain familiarization, navigation, avalanche beacon tracking, radio comms and snowmobile handling off trail. I would also like to give our rescue sled a try.

JUNE 26 (Sat) -- SUMMER TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: East of HWY 267
  • When: 8:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Doug Carbonari (use current callout list for phone #)

Summer time (off snow) terrain familiarization for Hiker, OHV (M/C's or Quads) and 4x4 modes of travel.

AUGUST 29 (Sun) -- SUMMER TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: Between HWY 89 & 267
  • When: 8:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Mark Johnson (use current callout list for phone #)

Summer time (off snow) terrain familiarization for Hiker, OHV (M/C's or Quads) and 4x4 modes of travel.

SEPTEMBER 25 (Sat) -- SUMMER TERRAIN FAMILIARIZATION

  • Where: West of Hwy 89
  • When: 8:30am Team Garage
  • Contact: Scott Baumgardner (use current callout list for phone #)

Summer time (off snow) terrain familiarization for Hiker, OHV (M/C's or Quads) and 4x4 modes of travel.

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