Ski Patrol Rescue Team (SPART)


SPART Members Doug Burchard, Randy Riggs, Sumi Lavin, Isaac Ginsberg, and Frank Rossi taught classroom sessions for a NSP Avalanche Level 1 course. Attendance was full, with 30 students from area patrols and King County Search and Rescue. Avalanche education and outreach is one of SPART’s primary missions. While field trips are normally at Snoqualmie Pass, this year the sessions are split due to the low snow pack. One session was at… Read More

Every year, SPART hosts a booth at the Summit at Snoqualmie Safety Fair. This is an opportunity to educate the public about backcountry safety and the role of Search and Rescue. If you’re around, stop by and visit!

The 2015 KCSARA training calendar is available at Visit the site to find upcoming courses offered by KCSARA and its member units.

King County is hosting the 2015 Washington State Search and Rescue Conference. KCSARA, including SPART members, is busy planning for the conference. In the mean time, check out for more information!

SPART members set up an information booth at the BANFF film festival sponsored by the Tacoma Mountaineers December 1 & 2, 2014. Members provided information and resources about backcountry safety and Search and Rescue.

Registration for the Spring 2014 KCSARA Academy is now open. Details are in the attached flyer and the class schedule is attached. Please let know if you or anyone you know can help with logistics, administration, or instruction at the academy. Flyer: 2014 Spring Academy Flyer v1.0 Class Schedule: 2014 Spring KCSARA Training Academy Schedule v1.0

Registration is now open for the 2014 Washington State Search and Rescue Conference, held in nearby Pierce County. See for more information. FAQ Q: Are courses at the Washington State SAR Conference Core Compliant? A: We don’t know yet. Deputy Christian is currently evaluating.

SPART members provide National Ski Patrol Avalanche 1 and 2 courses for the area Ski Patrols and Search and Rescue units. SPART members also provide training in the National Ski Patrol’s Mountain Travel and Rescue curriculum.

SPART members, partnering with the US Forest Service, the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, and the Cascade Backcountry Ski Patrol, have placed signs at popular winter trail heads.  These signs aim to educate the public about the dangers of traveling in snowy terrain. This work was presented by members Scott Waller, Andy Hill, and Dick Willy at the 2012 ISSW in Anchorage, AK.  Details of that presentation are available on the ISSW… Read More

SPART members taught and attended a National Ski Patrol Avalanche 1 field trip on February 1, 2014. In this session, Chris Seager, SPART member and Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Patroller, demonstrates digging a snow test pit and demonstrates some snow condition tests. The happy students in this group are from a wide range of sources, including area ski patrols, SPART, and other King County Search and Rescue units. Avalanche safety, including education,… Read More