Basic course avalanches

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The most important question in relation to avalanches that all touring, freeriding or snowshoeing enthusiasts ask themselves is GO or NO GO! 

In one day we will show you the decision-making basics and tools to answer this vital question. Benefit from Hermanns' vast experience and let him show you how to use it safely in winter. On the way in the backcountry we will talk about the basics of avalanche risk assessment, tour planning and how to deal with risk on tour.

We can explain the contents clearly on a short tour. Apart from examining the snow profile and analysing the snowpack structure, we look for the alarm signs, slope inclinations and terrain shapes that lead to unfavourable conditions so that snow slabs can develop in the first place. This chapter is complex and the basis for the safe application of the 3 x 3 reduction method, the graphic reduction method or other tools as decision-making aids. Elements of the platform of the SLF provide plastic models and support us in this.

Of course we will deepen the handling of avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes during a realistic rescue exercise. Have you ever tried to breathe buried in the snow? Varied terrain, interspersed with small hollows and steep rocky slopes, provides excitement.

Even if you don't have decades of experience, this day will provide you with insights into the tools that will give you more confidence and transparency in your hazard assessment decisions on your tours in the future.

BERIE Plus points

  • perfect practice area and touring area
  • Training and guidance by professional mountain/ski guide UIAGM and area expert Hermann Berie
  • Exciting transfer of complex knowledge
  • Detection of alarm signals in the field
  • Snow and snow cover analysis
  • Training of the most important tools for risk assessment on tour
  • Rescue Exercises
  • Recognizing where our limits lie and applying the reduction methods
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