This course is designed to teach you how to shoot, move and survive in a cold weather environment. 

This course will start with a 1 mile snowshoe to the training location carrying all of the required equipment. Once at the training site students will learn how to build shelters/ fires, and shoot. Additional skills that will be covered include basics on snowmobile recovery and the benefits of skishoes/AT skies. There will be a Zoom meeting 3 months and one month out from the course to go over gear and answer questions.

*In order to participate in this course, you must be able to carry a 30-40 lbs pack uphill for about a mile. Do not sign up if you cannot move multiple miles with a ruck under non snowed in conditions.*


Due to the serious nature of this course, all items on the gear list are mandatory.

Gear List:

Carbine with 120 rds approx 4.5 lbs of ammo (carbine must fit inside of pack or be discreetly attached to the pack)

Pistol with 100 rds, approx 3lbs of ammo (normal EDC pistol, must be concealed. Your holster must be all Kydex from a reputable company. I recommend an inside the waistband holster from (Blackpoint Tactical “FO3”). 

Breathable stretchy outer layer softshell jacket

Breathable stretchy outer layer softshell pants

Warm Hat

Neoprene face gator

Thin wool or capaline base layer top

R1 or similar top and pants base layer

Puff jacket can be synthetic of down

Contact gloves (super thin wool or capaline)

Medium to heavy ski or snowmobile glove

Wool socks (recommend Darn Tough or Smart Wool)

Warm boot (Solomon Tundra's are a warm choice)


Snow shoes (MSR's are recommended)

Trecking poles with snow baskets

20 degree sleeping bag or warmer (I recommend down due to weight/ bulk)

Shelter system (this could be a bivvy sack + tarp or a lightweight one man tent)

Ground Pad

Stove (for cold weather/ high altitude the whisper lite International is recommended, as compressed gas stoves do not perform as well)

Backpack to fit all of this gear in to

Eye protection/ hearing protection

Blow out kit

Food: snacks for 2 days, 1 dinner and a breakfast. Freeze dried is recommended for weight savings.

Water 1 Liter Minimum (Clean Canteen stainless steel bottles are recommended, it is also nice to have an empty MSR 2 L water bladder with you)

Your pack cannot weigh more than 40 lbs, 30lbs is recommended

Private range one hour north of Coeur D'Alene Idaho

Course Contact Information
Bill Rapier

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