Basic avalanche safety 1 day course for those who wish to enjoy safe & responsible back country skiing in Chamonix

CHAMEX AVALANCHE AWARENESS COURSE LEVEL 1

Chamonix Avalanche Awareness 1 Day Course

From 150.00€

Price per person for a group of 4 minimum.

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Beginner tech level

 

1 day course

 

Groups of 6 maximum

 

Available December - April

 

Dates on demand

Chamonix Experience offers a basic avalanche awareness and safety course for those who wish to enjoy safe and responsible backcountry skiing. You are the only one who can reduce your risk through your actions!

The goal of the avalanche safety course L1 is to transport avalanche theory into the field and allow this knowledge to be solidified there. In this way, you will understand vital information about how avalanches occur and learn tips on optimal tour planning, correct behavior on tour, and the perfect rescue method.

Due to our background in mountain rescue (PGHM Chamonix) we know all too well how important it is to be aware and informed of the risks when going off-piste in Chamonix and elsewhere. The Avalanche Safety Course is your opportunity to take responsibility for your own welfare in the mountains.

If you do not wish to join an open group, you can take this course with a private mountain guide at a cost of 450€ for groups of up to 6 participants per guide. We can organise larger groups with multiple guides on request, please contact us for details. Dates are on demand.

Dates

CHAMEX AVALANCHE AWARENESS COURSE LEVEL 1 dates - 2019

Start date Spaces
Price from
 
January 23, 2019
2
150.00€
February 02, 2019
150.00€
February 16, 2019
150.00€
March 24, 2019
2
150.00€
L
   Limited Availability
F
Fully Booked
G
Guaranteed
2
Two More to Guarantee

Itinerary

Chamex Avalanche Awareness Course Itinerary

The day will be split into two session; one indoor session for classroom theory, and one outdoor session for putting the theory into practice. We will meet at 08:00 at the Chamonix Experience office for a full briefing before we start the course. Please contact us beforehand if you have any questions.

Learning Outcomes

During the course you will learn about:

  • Basic avalanche terminology
  • Recognizing avalanche terrain
  • Identifying & assessing the avalanche risk
  • Travel procedure in avalanche terrain
  • Understanding avalanche bulletins & weather reports
  • Avalanche transceiver use and rescue skills

Equipment

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Technical gear

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Free ride skis

Free ride skis

Ski boots

Ski boots

Ski poles

Ski poles

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Included or not

Included

Avalanche Training

Specific avalanche awareness tuition including assessment of the conditions, correct use of a transceiver and how to carry out a rescue using shovel and probe.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

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.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

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 in Chamonix

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

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

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