Avalanche Awareness Courses
Be safe this winter with the knowledge, equipment and training to ride offpiste
- Enticed by the beautiful powder off piste by not sure if its safe?
- Have a beacon, probe and shovel but are not confident in using it in an emergency?
- Had a close call and want to expand your knowledge?
- Want to refresh and reinforce your knowledge after a break from skiing?
- Want to take your kids offpiste but lacking the knowledge to ensure the group’s safety?
- Want to take your skiing to the next level and see how Pros?
If you fall into one of the above categories then don’t be afraid, you are not alone. These are some of the many things clients tell me when they come on the one day Avalanche Awareness Course. The aim of the day is to provide you with the confidence to interpret the avalanche forecast, apps and info, contacting emergency services, plan a suitable day for the group’s abilities, develop the skill for making snow stability observations on the mountain, moving through avalanche terrain (that mean’s all terrain >30º), manage the group, develop the skill for observing external hazards and triggers (seracs, cornices, people etc), human behaviours and traps, beacon searches and accident case studies. With almost 40 years of time in the snow skiing, I will be there to explain things in simple and down to earth way – this isn’t a PHD in snow mechanics and as much as my engineer’s mind is interested in these things, that’s not the basis of how I ski and guide on the mountain on a day to day basis. The 1 day course is split into 2 sections; the first part is classroom based with presentation based delivery for 2 hours, part 2 is based on the mountain where we will spend the rest of the day putting theory into practice. This will typically be in one of the Chamonix Valley’s ski centres. For more information please contact me via the form below.
In this section we will take a look at the different forms of snow, the reasons avalanches happen and the types of avalanche
Planning the Day
Interpreting the forecasts, choice of venue or tour for the group’s abilities, timings, maps, apps and other sources of information.
Skiing in Terrain >30º
Group management, choosing islands of safety, using the terrain to your advantage, external hazards.
Alain Duclos – avalanche expert responsible for Maurienne road safety