Expedition and Cold Weather Medicine

New Hampshire, USA

08 February 2023 08:00 - 11 February 2023 16:30


Combine medicine, cold weather and wilderness environments to enhance your clinical skills and open up a world of extreme medicine opportunities.

From winter backcountry adventures to polar ice caps and the highest peaks, our multi-disciplinary team share their experiences and provide an insight into the life of an extreme medic.

Whether you’re enhancing your skills to support local adventures or heading off on long term adventures our Expedition and Cold Weather Medicine course will get you ready to practice medicine in extreme situations.

Join us on the road to adventure.

Key Facts

You must be a:

  • MD, NP, PA, Nurse, EMT-P, or EMT
  • Allied Health Professional
  • WFR, W-EMT
  • Student in a healthcare discipline

Dates: February 8, 2023 – February 11, 2023
Location: Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Accreditation: TBC
CME Value: TBC

What’s included:

  • Full didactic and experiential course, accommodation and meals
  • WEM care package full of essential equipment
  • Downloadable course resources
  • Safety equipment

What’s not:

  • Travel costs
  • Travel & medical insurance
  • Personal equipment

Expedition and Cold Weather Medicine – Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Supercharge your career and set your sights on new horizons. These four days of winter wilderness training will open up a world of boundary pushing extreme medicine practice.

During this course you’ll blend essential wilderness medical skills with specialist winter medicine and backcountry skills. On completion of this course you’ll feel confident in taking on winter adventures both as a medic and a well-rounded member of an expedition team. 

All this is out there for the taking – this is your route to adventure.

What to expect

The Expedition and Cold Weather Medicine course is designed to set you up for adventure. Our team of experts have worked across private and military sectors, both teaching and delivering care in extreme environments. Having worked as mountain medics, guides, ski patrollers and instructors the team brings decades of experience to you.    

We’ll blend lectures, workshops, wilderness medicine simulation and non-medical skills offering a range of learning experiences. As your skillset grows, we will increase the complexity of simulation exercises ensuring the challenges meet your growing competency. 

We’ll make sure you’re prepared with all the safety equipment required for the course. The kit list provided will ensure you have the appropriate personal equipment for the course and future adventures in the snow. 


Course Content

  • Human factors
  • Crisis resource management
  • Hypothermia and cold injury
  • Common wilderness medical issues
  • Shelter and field sanitation
  • Navigation
  • Avalanche rescue
  • Airmedical transport
  • And more…..

What you need to know

We highly recommend arriving the day before the course. We are based at the Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire. You are welcome to independently book an additional night here ahead of the course starting.

The nearest airport is Boston.

Directions from Manchester, NH: 70 miles, 1 1/4 hours. Take I-293 to I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 E to the resort village.
Directions from Boston: 130 miles, 2 hours. Take I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 E to the resort village.

Directions from Providence, RI: 160 miles, 2 1/2 hours. Take Rt. 1-95 to 128 to Rt. 3 to 1-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 E to the resort village.

Directions from New York, NY: 325 miles, 6 hours. Take 1-95 to I-91 to I-84 to Mass. Turnpike to I-290 to I-495 to Rt. 3 N to I-93 N to Exit 28, then 11 miles via Rt. 49 E to the resort village.

Please ensure that you follow the equipment list and pack adequately. The weather in Waterville Valley in February is freezing cold with a gentle breeze, with average highs of 27°F (-3°C) and lows of 10°F (-12°C).

Inadequate equipment can be dangerous and could preclude you from some activities.

Equipment List

  • Warm hat
  • Balaclava
  • Winter gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Mittens (optional but recommended)
  • Wool socks or equivalent (1 pair for each day)
  • Sock liners (silk or synthetic)
  • Expedition grade thermal undergarments 
  • Warm winter jacket
  • Water-proof winter footwear / boots
  • Gaters
  • Water bottle
  • Thermos
  • Small backpack
  • Headlamp
  • Sweaters and other layers

There is also a pool, outdoor jacuzzi and gym so feel free to bring a bathing suit and gym clothes.

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