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Crevasse Rescue Course

Chamonix Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Safety Course

Available all year around

Most off-piste skiers and snowboarders are going to end up on a glacier at some point, so we offer this course to equip people with the skills to travel safely in glacial terrain.

When skiing on a glacier the main danger is that of falling into a crevasse, so we show you how to perform a crevasse rescue, along with choosing your route and how to travel roped-up.

If you ski off-piste in Chamonix then you are likely to be exploring glacial areas such as Les Grands Montets and the Vallée Blanche - both incredibly beautiful and exciting places. There is nothing quite like skiing or snowboarding in Alpine terrain, passing spectacular glacial formations and being surrounded by magnificent alpine peaks. Unfortunately, on glaciers there is an ever-present risk of falling into a crevasse, as well as the threat of seracs and lumps of ice falling from above.

However, our experience as mountain rescuers (PGHM Chamonix) means that we want you to enjoy these amazing places as safely as possible.

In winter season, our crevasse rescue course is specifically designed for snowboarders and skiers. It will teach you how to plan a trip on a glacier, how to identify and avoid crevasses and seracs and how to conduct a crevasse rescue. It is a great introduction for anyone planning on skiing or snowboarding off-piste in Chamonix or elsewhere.

During the summer season, this course will not require the use of skis. We will focus on the glacier trekking safety skills, risk managment on both: snow covered and dry glaciers, rope techniques and rescue techniques. 

Description

Our crevasse rescue course is particularly for those who want to venture not just off-piste, but also into high mountain glaciated terrain, where there is the inherent danger of crevasses and seracs.

You will be taught how to read glacial terrain to minimise crevasse risk, how to travel roped up on glaciers - on foot and on skis, and how to carry out a crevasse rescue in a number of different scenarios.

The goal of this course is to teach you: 

  • Glacier travel risk management
  • Rope work for glacier travel
  • Building and testing of snow anchors in snow and ice
  • Crevasse self-rescue
  • Different haul systems (2:1, 3:1, 5:1 and 6:1)
  • Ascending and descending in rescue scenarios

Prix

390€

Price for a group of 1 - 3 persons

4 persons: 100€ per person

5 persons: 90€ per person

6 persons: 80€ per person

 

Course Dates

Any date on demand

Inclus

Crevasse Rescue Training

Basic crevasse safety training, including the correct use of rescue equipment.

Equipement collectif

Cordes, mousquetons, pharmacie et matériel collectif seront pris en charge par les guides de haute montagne

Support logistique et implantation locale au coeur même de Chamonix

Notre société est basée dans un superbe environement au pied du téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi à Chamonix.

Notre équipe est à votre disposition pour tout renseignement et pour vous assister lors de votre stage avec nous.

Non Inclus

Skis / Snowboards

The price does not include skis/snowboards, boots or clothing. If you do not have your own we can help you organise rental, please ask us for details.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Assurance Secours et rapatriement

Nous vous incitons fortement à souscrire une assurance Secours & Rapatriement pour votre stage. Nous pouvons souscrire une assurance pour vous via notre partenaire assistance. Merci de le demander lors de votre inscrition sur le stage.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Se rendre à Chamonix

Le tarif ne comprend pas les transferts jusqu'à et depuis Chamonix mais nous pouvons vous assister selon que vous arriviez par train, avion ou bus. N'hésitez pas à nous demander notre asssistance.

Crevasse Rescue Course Itinerary

This one day course is specifically designed to teach snowboarders and skiers how to limit the risks on glacial terrain and what to do if someone does fall into a crevasse. It will explain how to plan a trip on a glacier, how to identify and avoid crevasses and seracs, as well as how to conduct a crevasse rescue.

You will cover all aspects of what to do if one of your party does fall into a crevasse, how to secure the rest of the group, set up a belay using your skis and snowboard and the different systems for actually pulling someone out.

Weather and lifts permitting, the course takes place either on the Argentière glacier or on the Vallée Blanche glacier.

Vêtements

Bonnet

Bonnet

sous - vetements thermiques

sous - vetements thermiques

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

Doudoune legere

Doudoune legere

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Gants chauds

Gants chauds

Equipement technique

Piolet

Piolet

Baudrier

Baudrier

Snowboard

Snowboard

Boots de snowboard

Boots de snowboard

Batons telescopiques

Batons telescopiques

Masque de ski

Masque de ski

Mousqueton a vis

Mousqueton a vis

Sangle de 60 - 120 cm

Sangle de 60 - 120 cm

Systeme d'assurage

Systeme d'assurage

Crampons adaptables aux boots de snowboard

Crampons adaptables aux boots de snowboard

Skis de freeride

Skis de freeride

Chaussures de ski

Chaussures de ski

Batons de ski

Batons de ski

Sac a dos 20 - 30 litres avec les attaches pour fixer les skis ou un snowboard

Sac a dos 20 - 30 litres avec les attaches pour fixer les skis ou un snowboard

Equipement de sécurité

DVA (detecteur de victimes d'avalanche), pelle, sonde

DVA (detecteur de victimes d'avalanche), pelle, sonde

Ski or snowboard helmet

Ski or snowboard helmet

Extras

Lunettes de soleil

Lunettes de soleil

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)