2016 Election of Officer and Board of Directors 

The 2016 elections were held at the March 29th meeting.
Congratulations to the 2016 ACSSAR Officers and Board!

The 2016 results are as follows:
President: Dan Hutchison
Vice President: Matt Burkhart 
Treasurer: Paige Hellbaum
Training: Yvette Widman
Secretary: Lisa Zezas

Board Members:
(1yr) Alan Sinicki
(1yr) Kurt Braisted
(2yr) Neil Mathison
(2yr) Brenna Noll

Here's to another great year with ACSSAR!
And thank you to Dane Purmalis and Chris Armstrong for the past years service!

Posted by Dan Hutchison Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:00:00 AM Categories: Meeting News

Winter Time Pack! 

Wintertime recreation in the Laramie area is something special whether skiing, hiking, snowshoeing or snowmobiling! Being prepared for your adventure is key to a fun rewarding outing. The weather is nearly unpredictable in the high elevations and can change fast. Every season there are numerous accounts of individuals and groups getting lost, running out of fuel or injured while recreating. Please take a moment before each ride and outfit yourself properly for the ride. 

Avalanche Gear: If you plan to be in steep terrain 
  • Shovel in your backpack not on your sled.
  • Probe in your backpack not on your sled.
  • Beacon attached to you, not in your backpack or on your sled.
  • Don't forget the training! If you have had the training, you will know why your gear belongs with you and not on your sled..
Survival Gear for Your Backpack
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pack Saw
  • Multiple Light Sources
  • LED Flashlight
  • LED Head Lamp
  • Toilet paper
  • Survival Blanket
  • Adventure Medical HeatSheets Emergency Bivvy
  • Duct tape
  • Knife
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Matches
  • Fire Flint
  • Road Flares
  • Tampons (Fire Starter)
  • Water container
  • Food – Can of Tuna or Baked Beans...
  • Extra Gloves
  • Extra Socks
  • Hand Warmers
  • Tarp/Shelter material
Stuff To Have In Snowmobile:
  • Spare Spark Plugs
  • Basic Toolkit
  • Spare Belt
  • Water Bottles
  • Food
  • Rope
Highly Recommended
  • Cell Phone - service is not a 100% thing in the Snowy's, but you may well get a signal so why not try!
  • Spot
  • Garmin Rino (2-way Radio / GPS Combo) If nothing else carry a GPS
Friday, February 26, 2016 1:17:00 PM Categories: Community News

Missing Snowmobile Family 

On Saturday, the 16th, of January, a family of three, a husband and wife, age 46, and their son, age 18, were snowmobiling in the Snowy Mountain Range, west of the Green Rock parking area off HWY 130. During the afternoon one of the three snowmobiles became inoperable. Due to high winds and ground blizzards the family prepared for the night by building a snow cave and starting a fire.


On Sunday morning, the 17th, the father heard another snowmobile in the area and with one of the remaining snowmobiles left camp in hopes of gaining assistance. After a period of time the snowmobile the father was operating became submerged in a body of water. The father then took the last remaining snowmobile in an attempt to find help when his handlebars broke, rendering his snowmobile useless.


Again, due to high winds and ground blizzards, the father was forced to build another snow cave for himself and spent Sunday night in the cave. On Monday morning, the 18th, the father was soon located by search teams. All rescue teams were then diverted to the general area of the father’s discovered location until major ground blizzards prevented further search efforts.


Search efforts resumed at sunrise on Tuesday morning, the 19th. At approximately 8:00 a.m., search teams located the son, at which time it was determined that the mother was deceased. The son was then transported to an awaiting Snow-Cat and shortly thereafter transferred to the Wyoming Air National Guard helicopter where he was immediately airlifted to Ivinson Memorial Hospital. The son has been transported to a Colorado area hospital for further care.



Robert J. DeBree


Albany County Sheriff’s Office


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 12:39:00 PM Categories: Call News

Injured Skier 

Centennial Ridge
At 1338 today ACSSAR was contacted by the Albany County Sheriff's Office to assist Centennial Fire Department in carrying an injured skier off of Centennial Ridge. 12 members responded with additional help from Snowy Range Ski Patrol and the Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol. The patient was successfully lowered to a landing zone and taken to more advanced medical care by approximately 1600. Thanks to all teams involved!
Sunday, January 03, 2016 6:43:00 PM

Level 1 Avalanche Course ( Feb 2016)  

Offered by Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol, and Snowy Range Ski Patrol

Module 1: Avalanche Foundations

Module 2: Avalanche Safety and Rescue Skills


Level 1 Avalanche course, Modules 1 and 2, offered by the National Ski Patrol,

Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol, and Snowy Range Ski Patrol.


The course is open to both the general public and members of the ski patrol. It meets all American Avalanche Association standards for level 1 avalanche courses


This is a National Ski Patrol course with both classroom (Module 1) and on-the-snow (Module 2) experience. Participants will receive credit for both modules, and will meet all requirements to take Organized Avalanche Rescue (Module 3) additionally if desired.


TOPICS COVERED: Avalanche conditions, human factors, snow conditions, weather, route selection, transceivers, avoiding an avalanche, and rescue - what to do if you or a member of your group is caught by an avalanche.


TIME:      Tuesday February 16th,                      6:00 to 9:30 PM

                       Thursday February 18th,                    6:00 to 9:30 PM

                       Sunday February, 21st                         all day field session

                       Thursday February 25th,                   6:00 to 9:30 PM

       Saturday February 27th                     all day field session


COST: $32 plus text (Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, 2nd edition, Bruce Tremper, 2008), payable at the first class.


PLACE: Room 115, UW Half Acre Building


RESERVATION OR INFO: rmlynds@yahoo.com


Want to Refresh? If you have taken this course, the National Ski Patrol recommends you refresh every three years. There have been significant changes. Refresher cost is $10 plus cost of text.

Module 3 (Organized Avalanche Rescue) Highly recommended for ski patrollers but optional for non-rescue personnel, this 1-day field course will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016.  The fee is $22. More information will be available during Modules 1 and 2.

Sunday, December 06, 2015 2:05:00 PM Categories: News Training

Thanksgiving Day search for overdue hunters- 

Wednesday evening at 2030 ACSSAR received a request from the Albany County Sheriff's Office to be on standby for a possible search Thursday morning. Two hunters had become disoriented in thick fog near Sybille Road/Canyon. ACSSAR Teams mobilized at first light and entered the field around 0730. Limited contact had been made with the hunters and a general search direction was established. Approximately 1230 contact was made with the hunters. Both were in good shape and had built a strong shelter and two fires to keep warm. Search teams and hunters made their way back to Command by about 1530. Search teams experienced Temperatures in the single digits throughout the day as well as low visibility and areas of waist deep snow. Thank you to all responding on this Thanksgiving day! So much to be thankful for!
Friday, November 27, 2015 9:31:00 AM Categories: Call News

Oct 21th Overdue Hunter 

For the second day in a row ACSSAR was called to help locate an overdue hunter.  At 11:10 am ACSSAR was activated to search the northern part of the county near Laramie Peak for a hunter that had been missing since 1400 the previous day. While in route to the location, the hunter was located and all ACSSAR personnel return to Laramie.





At about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an overdue hunter in the northern part of Albany County near Friend Park Campground.

Information gathered was that the overdue hunter was 64 years old and hadn’t returned to camp on the evening of Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

The missing hunter had eight friends in their camp, and they had initially begun to search the area on horses and ATV four-wheelers.

A deputy arrived in the area and met with some friends of the man, and they had determined the area where he had been because of his vehicle being located and parked.

Prior to the first deputy arriving on scene, members of Albany County Search and Rescue and additional deputies were activated and began their response to the area.

Additional volunteer search teams with the University of Wyoming R.O.T.C. were placed on standby if needed.

At about noon, a friend of the hunter located him and his vehicle on a roadway some distance away from their camp.

The man advised that he had hiked about 1.5 miles away from where he had parked his vehicle and as darkness approached he determined that his flashlight was not working.

He correctly decided to start a fire to remain warm and took shelter near some large boulders for the night.

He eventually made it back to his vehicle and attempted to head back to their camp, yet took a wrong turn. After traveling for some distance he experienced vehicle problems.

Robert J. DeBree
Albany County Sheriff’s Office


Thursday, October 22, 2015 8:04:00 AM Categories: Call

Oct 20th Overdue Hunter 

At 12:16am October 20th, ACSSAR received a request for assistance in locating an overdue hunter in the Foxburough area of the Snowy Range. ACSSAR members briefed and departed Laramie around 6 am.  Around 830 the subject returned to camp with the assistance of another nearby Hunter/Camper.

While teams were prepping to return to Laramie, a second call was received for an overdue hunter in the Muddy Park area of the Snowy Range.  While the teams were redeploying from the first search, the second hunter was located and teams received a stand down. All members were returned to Laramie by 10am.


Official Release *******************************

NEWS RELEASE - (October 20, 2015)

On Monday October 19, 2015 at approximately 9 P.M. Deputies of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a 75 year old man who was reported missing after he walked away from his cabin in Foxborough Estates, which is located west of Laramie near Fox Park.

Both he and his son had been hunting in the general area when he told his son he was going to take a walk.

The man left the cabin at about 4:30 P.M. He had not returned by dark so his son began to search the area with negative results.

Due to bad cell phone reception, his son had to drive to a better location and called the Sheriff’s Office for help.

Deputies responded and searched the area for numerous hours and were unable to locate the missing man.

Due to darkness and with no immediate leads, the search was temporarily suspended until sunrise this morning.

Numerous Albany County Search and Rescue members and deputies responded back to the area and began the search on foot.

At about 8:31 A.M. the man had been driven back to his cabin by a resident who lives in the general area. He was determined to be in good health.

The man had reportedly spent the night on a porch of a cabin, so that he could stay out of the rain.


Robert J. DeBree


Albany County Sheriff’s Office


Posted by Dan Hutchison Tuesday, October 20, 2015 11:11:00 AM Categories: Call News

Assist Injured Hiker on Laramie Peak 

Aug 11th - Mission Report

Tuesday August 11th 2:28pm, ACSSAR received a request form the Albany County Sheriff’s Office to assist an injured hiker near the top of Laramie Peak in Northern Albany County.  Teams from ACSSAR along with several rescue personnel from  Converse County assisted the injured off the mountain and arrived back at the trail head around 10pm. ACSSAR responded with twelve rescuers for the initial call and an additional two for support later in the night.  All ACSSAR personnel had returned to Laramie by 2am.

ACSSAR Personnel: 12 Rescuers, 2 support, 2 ACSO Deputies
Vehicles: 6
Miles: Approx. 220 miles round trip
Other agencies involved: Albany County Sheriff’s Office, Converse County Sheriff’s Office and Converse County Search & Rescue

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 8:35:00 AM Categories: Call News

Injured Snowboarder 

Medicine Bow Peak

Busy week for ACSSAR, 9 am July 4th, once again paged out for a rescue on Medicine Bow Peak. This time an injured snowboarder near School House Rock. The injured snowboarder was lowered by the high angle team to a waiting ground team, transferred to a litter and carried to Lake Marie. From there a waiting raft was used to transport across the lake to the ambulance. All in all about 6 hours of Team Work! ACSSAR worked with other agencies including Albany County Sheriff's Office, Carbon County Sheriff's Office, Carbon County Search and Rescue, Wyoming Highway Patrol and others. 
Good work all!

Sunday, July 05, 2015 4:33:00 PM Categories: Call News
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