The National Conference on Wilderness Medicine

Big Sky Ski Resort, Montana 

February 22 - 26, 2020

Big Sky Winter FAQ

Nearby Conveniences

  • Big Sky Resort has many restaurants, Hungry Moose market/deli and shops.
  • Big Sky Town Square located 6.8 miles from Big Sky Resort has a great new state-of-the-art grocery store "Roxy's Market"
  • In Bozeman you will find Safeway, Albertson's, Smith's/Kroger, Van's IGA, WalMart, and Costco

Don't Forget to Pack

  • Sunglasses
  • Winter jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathing suit

Dress for the conference is casual. Semi-casual clothing is good for restaurants and nightlife, while suits and ties are rarely worn.

In the mountains, conditions change frequently. Pack accordingly and be prepared for the weather to be colder than you think it might be, regardless of season. Do that, and you'll likely sum up conditions in one word - FANTASTIC. During the winter months, average high temperatures range from 25-40° F, with low temperatures ranging from 7-20° F.


Q. When and how will I receive my conference confirmation?
A. Email confirmations are automatically generated after completing the registration process.

Q. When does registration end? Is there a limit on the number of attendees?
A. Registration is open until the last day of the conference. There is no limit on the number of attendees who can attend the conference. You can register online at, or by phone, call 1-844-945-3263. Onsite registration is also available. During the conference there will be a registration & check-in desk open during conference hours. We recommended that you register for the meeting as early as possible so that you can take advantage of our discounted room rates, get the best selection of accommodations and are able to sign up for your preferred optional hands-on workshops (each workshop has a limited number of seats).

Q. Can I change or add to my registration and optional workshops after I initially register?
A. You can make updates or add items to your confirmed registration any time after you register by clicking on the set up account now link found at the bottom of your registration confirmation email or you may call or email the Wilderness Medicine team at E-Mail: Phone: Toll Free 844-WildCME (844-945-3263). Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm PST. Please note: To cancel your registration you must call or email the Wilderness Medicine team.

Q. What forms of payment does the conference accept?
A. You can pay with credit card or check.
Q. If team discounts are still available can we put in for the discount after we have registered for the conference?
A. Yes, you can edit your confirmation online and add in teammates names. The team discount is rebated to your original form of payment a week before the conference starts.
Q. Where do l pick up my badge and conference materials?
A. Please check in at the Conference Registration Desk at the Yellow Stone Conference Center, Big Sky Resort. There will be signs directing you to the conference rooms and registration desk. The Conference Registration desk opens two hours before the course begins.
Q. How many CME credits will I receive for attending the conference?
A. The meeting is approved for a max of 37.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. The main conference is approved for 22.25 credits; the Advanced Wilderness and Expedition workshop (AWEP) is approved for 15.5 credits; the Wilderness Ultrasound Certification workshop is approved for 4 credits, the Basic Wound Management/Suture Lab workshop is approved for 2 credits, and the Obstetrics in Remote Environments workshop is approved for 2 credits. Please see full accreditation statements listed on the website.
Q. When will I receive my CME Certificate?
A. To receive your accreditation certificate we must receive your evaluation form. The CME evaluation form will be sent to the email address used during registration. Certificates will be automatically generated once your completed evaluation form is received. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to fill out the evaluation form to receive a certificate.
Q. Will childcare be provided?
A. The Conference does not provide childcare. Childcare is offered through the Lone Peak Playhouse, a childcare facility at Big Sky Resort. Please call: 406-993-2220. Big Sky also offers an array of children’s activities ranging from ski schools to dog rescue demonstrations, to regular evening movies. And kids 10 and under ski free!

Adult Workshops

Q. What workshops have CME associated with them?
A. The ONLY workshops that offer additional CME credits are: the Advanced Wilderness and Expedition Workshop (AWEP) - 15.5 credits; the Wilderness Ultrasound Certification workshop - 4 credits; Obstetrics in Remote Environments workshop – 2 credits, and the Basic Wound Management/Suture Lab – 2 credits.
Q. What workshops go outside and what do I need to bring?
A. Winter Wilderness Survival, Avalanche Recognition and Route Finding, Map and Compass Navigation, GPS Navigation for Wilderness Adventure, and AWEP all go outside. Please dress for the weather with layers, waterproof boots, sunscreen and a hat.
Q. How physically demanding are the Survival workshops?
A. You will need to be able to walk around and crawl on your knees. If there is something that you are unable to perform, you can inform the instructor. You will not be forced to do anything.
Q. Should I take the Wilderness Survival workshop or the Urban and Travel Survival workshop if I am taking the Pre-conference Wilderness and Urban Survival workshop?
A. No, the Pre-conference workshop will cover much of the same information as in the afternoon workshops

Youth Workshops

Q. Does a parent or guardian need to drop off and pick up the youth at each workshop?
A. Yes. If this is not possible, please speak with the instructor prior the workshop start.
Q. What workshops are held outside as part of the class training?
A. Survival for Kids, Survival for Teens, and Advanced Wilderness Survival for Teens
Q. What workshops have specific attire needed for the class training.
A. Survival for Kids and Teens - Please dress for the weather with layers, waterproof boots and a hat are recommended. Advanced Wilderness Survival for Teens - Full winter gear and simple survival gear is encouraged. Be prepared to hike in the snow.
Q. What classes are geared towards younger youths ages 6-11?
A. Survival for Kids and Wilderness First Aid For Kids
Q. What classes are geared towards older youths, ages 12-17?
A. Survival for Teens, Advanced Wilderness Survival for Teens, and Wilderness First Aid for Teens
Q. How physically demanding is the Survival for Kids course?
A. This course is not very physical. Children must be able to walk up and down a hill and may opt out of any portion of the course to suit their comfort level.
Q. Will my Teen receive any certification after completing the First Aid for Teens workshop?
A. Your Teen will receive a first aid certification card.