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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

Price

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

Included

Crevasse Rescue Training

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

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

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

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.

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.

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

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Snowboard

Snowboard

Snowboard boots

Snowboard boots

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

Belay device

Belay device

Crampons that fit snowboard boots

Crampons that fit snowboard boots

Free ride skis

Free ride skis

Ski boots

Ski boots

Ski poles

Ski poles

20 - 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard

20 - 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Ski or snowboard helmet

Ski or snowboard helmet

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)