Avalanche Awareness

#Ski Mountaineering

Avalanches strike skiers and mountaineers with often tragic consequences. They are all to common among those skiing off piste and away from the mountain resorts, but with some basic understanding of snow and the effect of weather on the snowpack, many could be prevented. You will never completely eliminate the risk but with skills in identifying potentially threatening slopes you can help to minimise the risk.

Our one day Avalanche Awareness course is aimed specifically at ski tourers who find themselves in the mountains away from resorts, making decisions about the stability of the snowpack. It is also suitable for groups of snowboarders and snowbaorders who use split boards.

Understanding an avalanche forecast and being able to apply this information to a map is essential. Once on the mountain being able to identify kep places, safe routes and slopes angles are all very important skills.  

On this course we start with the basics and work through to planning and going on a mountain journey:

  • 'Planning & Preperation'; avalanche & weather forecasts
  • Using the 'Be Aware' information sheet
  • Winter Navigation
  • Weather influences
  • Terrain influences
  • Digging snow pits to analyse the snowpack and its layers
  • Different types of avalanhes 
  • Observations on the mountain
  • Making good decisions on the mountain
  • Safe route choice
  • Emergency procedures
  • Transceiver Training

The focus of the day is to learn about avalanche avoidance and to have greater understanding of how avalanches are triggerd, however we will look at what to do in an emergency including how to use transceivers.

The cost for the course is £235.00 and can have up to six people attending. 


£235.00 per day


up to 1 days

Course Start Dates:

This is a bespoke course and as such, no dates are set.

Cairngorm Adventure Guides Cotswold Outdoor 

15% Cotswold discount when you book 

10% Aviemore SYHA Discount

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