Mechanical Recovery

Course Description

While we are riding out in the backcountry we often come across or cause a variety of unique stucks and/or broken sleds. Conquering this challenge often requires thinking outside the box and coming up with new and innovative ideas. Sometimes seeing whats worked for others or a technique that drains less energy can make all the difference in the world.  Our goal in this course is to build your own metaphorical and physical tool box so you’re able to be more equipped to handle these situations. 

Who Should Take this Course

The Mechanical Recovery course is for ANYONE, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. This course is specific for the motorize community and focuses on recovering your motorized method of travel from the backcountry.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Mechanical Recovery course, the student should be able to:

  • Sled recovery from creeks, crevasses and tree wells
  • Unstuck the stuck.
  • Decision making pre-stuck
  • Equipment checks list 
  • Towing movements 
  • Improvised winching and lifting
  • Diagnosing air/fuel/mechanical/electrical/computer faults, 
  • Track/suspension repairs
Stucks for days


Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.