International Commission for Alpine Rescue

International Commission on Alpine Rescue (ICAR)


ICAR Are, Sweden 2011 Highlights video http://vimeo.com/32415785


ICAR 2011 Canadian Field Sessions Revelstoke, BC


ICAR 2011 Canadian Field Session in Revelstoke - Day 1


ICAR 2011 Canadian Field Session in Revelstoke - Day 2 Snowmobiling Community



ICAR 2011 Canadian Field Session in Revelstoke - Day 3 Heli Assisted Ski Touring


The International Commission for Alpine Resuce (ICAR) is an international group of member countries dedicated to excellence in alpine search and rescue.  Every year members meet to discuss best practices in alpine serach and rescue and mountain safety and prevention programs.

Many CAA Professional Members are invovled in the various working committees of ICAR.  Canada has 2 official member organizations.

Parks Canada

  • Marc Ledwidge*: Official Delegate and member of Air Rescue Commission
  • Kirk Mauthner*: member of Terrestrial Rescue Commission
  • Dr. Jeff Boyd*: member of Alpine Medicine Commission
  • Ian Tomm*: member of Avalanche Rescue Commission

Canadian Ski Patrol System/Canadian Ski Guides Association

  • Dr. Michael Swanguard: Official Delegate, member of Alpine Medicine Commission
  • Bob Sayer*: member of Avalanche Rescue Commission
  • Dr. Dave Watson: member of Alpine Medicine Commission
  • Bruce Brink**: member of Alpine Medicine Commission
  • Mike Weigele*: member of Terrestrial Rescue Commission

* denotes Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association
** denotes Affiliate Member of Canadian Avalanche Association

For more information watch the embedded video and follow the links in the right hand column.

related links

related attachments

  • Drumannler Accident - January 3, 2010. Information on the avalanche accident that killed 7 people, including 4 rescuers in Switzerland on January 3, 2010.

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  • ICAR and Avalanche Rescue A paper submitted to the International Snow Science Workshop in 2004 on ICAR and its importance in avalanche rescue.

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