Avalanche Awareness for Skiers

Avalanche Awareness for Skiers

Price: £295 pd

Duration: 1 day

Avalanche training for ski touring & backcountry, based in the Cairngorms, Scotland.


Avalanche Awareness for Skiers  | Price: £295 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 occur more often than many people realise in Scotland, often with tragic consequences. They're all too common among those skiing off piste. But with some basic understanding of snow types and how weather affects the snowpack, many could be prevented.

Eliminating the potential for avalanches is impossible, but minimising risk isn't. 

Understanding avalanche forecasts and applying this information to maps is crucial. We'll also teach you to identify key places and safe routes, and you'll learn vital information about slope angles.  

We start with the basics, then work through to planning and executing a mountain journey. As we head into the mountains we'll make key observations and analyse the snow pack. 

Course Highlights and Skills

-Planning & Preparation - understanding avalanche & weather forecasts
- Using the "Be Aware" information sheet
- Winter navigation
- Weather influences
- Terrain influences
- Digging snow pits to analyse the snowpack
- Different types of avalanches
- Observations on the mountain
- Making good decisions
- Safe route choices
- Emergency procedures
- Transceiver Training

The focus of this course is learning about avalanche avoidance and gaining greater understanding about how avalanches are triggered. However, we will look at what to do in an emergency, including how to use transceivers.

We can cater for up to six people per course. 

Level > Easy
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£295 pd