Enviro-Tech International
Snowcat Safety Training

Safety and Survival Training for Snowcat Operators

On each assignment snowcat operators are faced with dynamic conditions and terrain, which constantly effect how a vehicle interacts with the snow pack. Slope angle, snow conditions, and the weight and footprint of the snowcat must be considered when selecting safe routes of travel. When mechanical failures occur operators and crew members are left vulnerable to the affects of the environment. Carrying appropriate emergency equipment and knowing how to use it is critical to survival.

ETI has developed specific training programs for snow cat operators and those who travel in all terrain snow vehicles to remote locations as part of their work. These programs are a combination of snow cat instruction and cold weather survival training. The courses are designed to provide field personnel with vital safe operating skills as well as cold weather survival skills. Our experience with industry has given us valuable insights into the difficult conditions under which these operators must work.

Our programs are fast moving and interactive, providing plenty of practical experience for participants. Snowcat training can also be combined with other ETI courses. Advanced training is custom designed and tailored for the specific needs of the organization. The major concepts of the training are listed below.

Check Out Procedures

Preventative maintenance
Pre-flight check list
The essential tool kit
Survival gear (never leave home without it)
Common Hazards

Securing and hauling snowcats
Door locks
Seat belts
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Operating Skills

The conservative approach
Route selection
Slope angle
Uphill driving
Downhill driving
Sidehill driving
Avoiding slides
Regaining control during a slide
Changing snow conditions
Avalanche safety
Snow Cat Survival Skills

Digging out
White out conditions
Throwing a track
Emergency track installation and repair
Cold Weather Survival Skills For Snow Cat Operators

General Survival Concepts

Anatomy of a survival situation
Psychology of survival
Survival leadership
Survival priorities
Planning vs Panic
Anticipating problems
The art of improvising
Man In A Cold Environment

Preparing for the unexpected cold weather emergency
Dressing for cold (the layering system)
layering for electrical linemen
Water requirements
Food and calorie requirements
Overview of cold injuries
Fires and heat
High-Tech heat production
Snow shelters
Using vehicles, aircraft, and equipment as tools for survival

When to travel
Land navigation
Avalanche Safety
Snow Safety Equipment
High-tech communications in a remote environment
Emergency locator devices

Traditional signaling basics
Signaling workshop
Search and rescue for remote locations
Survival Kits

Essential items
Personal kits
Snowcat and vehicle kits
Aircraft kits
Special applications
Organizational Safety Protocols

Developing a safety and communications plan
Production vs. safety
Pre-planning for emergencies
Organizing available resources(know before you go)

Course Format

The standard combination Snow Cat/Cold Weather Survival training program is a 24 hour course. The curriculum is presented over 3 consecutive days using a combination of classroom and field sessions. The majority of the program consist of hands on snowcat training in the field. Training scenarios are developed around the experience of the group and the available terrain. Participating organizations are required to provide the vehicles used during the program. The course is an intense and challenging program, customized to meet the needs of the participating organization. Custom courses can be designed to meet specific needs. 

Course Cost

Costs are variable depending upon the location, number of participants, and the services being provided. For a detailed training proposal contact our office.


Courses can be scheduled during the winter season in any location. Contact our office for details.


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