Ski Patrollers: Become a cliff rescue expert.


I am a software entrepreneur, a part-time ski patroller at Brighton Ski Resort in Utah, a former member of the Salt Lake County Search and Rescue Team, an instructor for the Wilderness Medical Institute, and a  Utah Avalanche Center board member. As a rescuer, I have responded to dozens of avalanches and dug up more than my share of avalanche victims. I created to share what I've learned.

Jonathan Shefftz  is an AIARE and National Ski Patrol (NSP) avalanche educator and has been a contributor to since 2012. Jonathan has published reviews of avalanche transceivers since 2007, is a member of the American Avalanche Association's governing board, and has authored many articles on the assessment of avalanche incidents in  The Avalanche Review . His input helps continue's legacy of independent and accurate information.

We have worked hard to keep the information on independent and scientifically objective. We do not receive any compensation from beacon manufacturers, although we have received training and beacons from most manufacturers. The revenue generated by the advertisements on this website pays for web hosting and occasionally some backcountry gear.

My book,  Mountain Responder, provides a first-person account of my experiences rescuing people in the mountains. Purchasing the book helps support

For what it's worth, I also develop maps and apps for backcountry skiers (, apps and websites for EMTs and paramedics ( and, an avalanche inclinometer (, a website for wilderness first responders (, rope rescue software (, a rope rescue training website (, a weather website for the Wasatch mountains in Utah (, and have written a handful of articles about rescue technology.

Stay Safe,

Steve Achelis

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