Avalanche Awareness for Skiers

Avalanche Awareness for Skiers

Price: £245 pd

Duration: 1 day

Avalanche training for ski touring backcountry course in the Cairngorms, Scotland

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Avalanche Awareness for Skiers  | Price: £245 pd | Duration: 1 day

Avalanche Awareness for Skiers

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Our one day Avalanche Awareness training course is aimed specifically at ski tourers (and snowboarders) who find themselves in the mountains away from resorts, making decisions about the stability of the snowpack.

Avalanches strike skiers 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.

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

These days are based from Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland. We start with the basics, work through to planning and going on a mountain journey before heading into the mountains to make key observations and analyse the snow pack:

  • '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 can look at what to do in an emergency including how to use transceivers.

The cost for the course is £245.00 and can have up to six people attending. 

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£245 pd