This Avalanche Awareness course run over two-days and is based in Chamonix. The course delivers a practical range of avalanche safety skills key for all mountain users. It’s a first step towards gaining the knowledge and skills needed, to help you make more informed decisions. Taking some of the guesswork out of your off-piste skiing adventures. Our avalanche courses have been developed from a wide range of sources and follow the NZ/Canadian avalanche program, renowned as the leading standard for professional avalanche training and qualification. The course includes a training manual and a certificate of achievement on finishing the course.
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The Avalanche awareness course:
This ski course starts with an evening pre course meeting. An informal discussion and presentation introducing some key avalanche safety concepts. The first day starts with a avalanche safety briefing, from one of our fully trained ski instructors or guides. During the two day course lots of time will be spent looking at the many aspects of avalanche safety, and how our observations link to the decision making process. On finishing the course you will be issued with a certificate of achievement.
Taking you through each day of the course from pre trip planning to evening de-brief, will allow you to experience and practice a step by step process to gathering info and linking it to what you see out on the hill.
Why two days?
Developing avalanche skills is all about time in the mountains, its a game of experience. Running the course over a whole weekend provides more opportunities to acquire the skills presented. And practice them under the guidance of our experienced avalanche instructors.
Friday – Evening briefing and informal discussion and presentation on the anatomy of an avalanche, and how to reduce the risk when travelling in avalanche terrain.
Saturday/Sunday – Two days of avalanche awareness training including – Avalanche equipment and training, snow form and structure, effects of the weather, terrain and route selection, triggers, slope testing/stability testing and some fun skiing and ski touring!
Including: 3hrs of evening theory and slideshow – avalanche training manual and certificate of achievement
Anatomy of an avalanche
Route and terrain selection
Snow form and structure (form, layers, shear planes)
Chris Fecher Avalanche geek!
Private avalanche safety training is available, please drop us a line for details.