MEM Course Winter 2019

Mountain Emergency Medicine Course Winter 

27. April – 1. May 2019


Welcome to the Air Zermatt Training Center

Practicing Emergency Medical Service in the mountains can be extremely challenging. High altitude, extreme temperatures, strong winds, unpredictable weather, weight issues, limited resources and no place for mistakes.

With 50 years’ experience and 40`000+ Helicopter rescues, we are offering to transfer our knowledge and experience with courses on a high level that prepares you for demanding rescues under extreme conditions.

MEM only Winter Course

3600 CHF if only Winter Course

MEM Courses can also be booked as a package

9200 CHF for MEM Winter + MEM Summer Course

13`200 CHF for MEM Winter + Summer + HEMS Course


27 April – 1 May 2019

Course Price:

3600 CHF if only Winter Course
9200 CHF for MEM Winter + MEM Summer Course
13`200 CHF for MEM Winter + Summer + HEMS Course


active mountaineer and skier with basic skills (getting from point A to point B with skis)
working as a healthcare professional or as a rescuer for a medical/rescue organization
you must be able to master the following knots prior the course:
italian hitch
figure of 8
clove hitch
overhand slip knot
fisherman knot


Course fee, Helicopter flight time, accommodation (Hotel & Mountain Hut), hotel night starting from the night before the course starts.
Zermatt: breakfast +lunch. Mountain hut: breakfast + dinner

Not included:

Gear rental, dinner while being in Zermatt


You will receive a pretest approximately 4 weeks before course starts by email. You can either send it back electronically or turn it in on the first day before the course starts.

How to get to Zermatt:

We advise to fly either to ZRH or GVA and taking the train to Zermatt. From ZRH it is a very convenient train ride to Zermatt, changing the train only once. We suggest to book the train ticket 4 weeks prior:
The earlier you buy it, the cheaper the tickets are.
Directions to Zermatt Helibase click here

Terms and Conditions:

By booking the course participants expressly accept our effective “General Terms and Conditions” statement.


This Program will change according to weather and snow-conditions. I kindly request that we stay flexible and adapt according to those factors.


0900 @ Heliport Zermatt
HEMS/SAR Mountain Rescue Presentation in the Classroom
Helicopter Procedures / Operations (tactics/dynamic hoisting/longline)
Training Sessions on Hovering Operations / Longline at the Heliport
Lunch at Restaurant
Training with the Helicopter (Hovering+Longline) at high altitude
Sleeping at Hotel Alpina or Hotel Tannenhof, Zermatt


0900 departing by Helicopter to the Glacier
Movements on glaciers
Improvised crevasse rescues with improvised pulley systems
Lunch on the glacier
Organized crevasse rescues with tripod
Flying to the mountain hut at 3100m (sleeping at the mountain hut)


Avalanche Theory
Avalanche Skills stations (Avalanche transceivers/probing/shoveling)
Advanced Life Support for avalanche victims (ICAR checklist)
Presentation: High Altitude Medicine (AMS/HACE/HAPE/Hypothermia)
Night terrestrial SAR exercise
Winter Survival
Sleeping at the mountain hut


Touring to a Mountain with Touring skis over 4000m with Medical/Evacuation
  Scenarios (Breithorn)
Weather and environmental factors depending: sleeping at the hut or Hotel Alpina


Helicopter Rescue Exercise (with Longline)
written exam
handover of certificate
end of course by 13:00


Our course program is certified by the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR), the International Society for Mountain Medicine (ISMM) and by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) and meets and exceeds the criteria of the “Specialty Course Mountain Emergency Medicine” including the “Add-on Module Air Rescue” by far.


International Diploma of Mountain Emergency Medicine ICAR UIAA ISMM

If you also are an emergency physician, paramedic or any other advanced medical provider and if you hold the International Diploma for Mountain Medicine (DiMM), you can be accredited for the International Diploma for Mountain Emergency Medicine (DiMEM) after completing our course.
We recommend to earn the DiMM through the University of New Mexico, as they are holding a very high course standard and are closely affiliated with Air Zermatt.

Continues Medical Education Credits:

SGNOR (Swiss Society for Emergency and Rescue Medicine:  20 CMEs

IACCFP (International Association for Critical Care and Flight Paramedics: 

10 non-medical / 5 medical CMEs

Equipment List:

  • Winter Clothes for extreme minus temperatures
  • Gloves (technical plus a pair of warm ones)
  • Watch Cap plus face mask
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Boots that will fit crampons
  • Crampons
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen 50+
  • Head lamp
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping inlet (for the mountain hut)


  • Touring Skis with Skins and Ski Crampons
  • Touring Ski Boots
  • Ski Poles
  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche Shovel (non-plastic)
  • Avalanche Probe


  • 2 HMS carabiners
  • 2 Screw gate or triple lock carabiners
  • 2 Prusik slings
  • 1 Band sling (ca: 240 cm)
  • Belay/abseil device
  • 4 Standard carabiners


If available but not mandatory:

  • 2 Ice Screw
  • More Carabiners
  • Ice Axe

Please email the course instructor if you have any questions regarding the equipment. Gear Rental Shops are available in Zermatt.


MEM only Winter Course is booked

3600 CHF if only Winter Course is booked

MEM Courses can also be booked as a package

9200 CHF for MEM Winter + MEM Summer Course

13`200 CHF for MEM Winter + Summer + HEMS Course