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Crevasse rescue course

Our crevasse rescue course will teach you how to travel safely on glaciers; giving you the skills to read terrain and identify hazards, use safety equipment, and perform crevasse rescue.

CHAMONIX CREVASSE RESCUE & GLACIER SAFETY COURSE

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

On this practical and effective course you will be taught how to read glacial terrain to minimise crevasse risk, how to travel roped-up across glaciers either on foot or on skis, and how to carry out a crevasse rescue in a number of different realistic scenarios.

Our instructors are all fully qualified and extremely experienced in all aspects of mountain and off-piste safety; there can be no one better to train you in these crucial skills.

Winter Courses

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.

Summer Courses

During the summer season, this course will not require the use of skis. We will focus on the glacier trekking safety skills, risk management on both snow-covered and dry glaciers, ropework, equipment handling, and rescue techniques.

From: 170 €

Intermediate

  • Dates on demand
  • Groups of 6 maximum
  • 1 day course
  • Available December > May & June > October

Dates

Crevasse rescue course
Start dateEnd dateSpacePrice
Saturday 29 June 2024
Saturday 29 June 2024
Available
170 €
Sunday 30 June 2024
Sunday 30 June 2024
Fully booked
170 €
Saturday 13 July 2024
Saturday 13 July 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 27 July 2024
Saturday 27 July 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 10 August 2024
Saturday 10 August 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 24 August 2024
Saturday 24 August 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 14 September 2024
Saturday 14 September 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 28 September 2024
Saturday 28 September 2024
Available
170 €

Dates

Crevasse rescue course
Start dateEnd dateSpacePrice
Saturday 29 June 2024
Saturday 29 June 2024
Available
170 €
Sunday 30 June 2024
Sunday 30 June 2024
Fully booked
170 €
Saturday 13 July 2024
Saturday 13 July 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 27 July 2024
Saturday 27 July 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 10 August 2024
Saturday 10 August 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 24 August 2024
Saturday 24 August 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 14 September 2024
Saturday 14 September 2024
Available
170 €
Saturday 28 September 2024
Saturday 28 September 2024
Available
170 €
Clothing
Warm hat
Clothing
Thermal underwear
Clothing
Fleece or woollen layers
Clothing
Light puffer jacket
Clothing
Windproof and waterproof jacket
Clothing
Windproof and waterproof trousers
Clothing
Warm gloves
Technical gear
Ice axe
Technical gear
Climbing harness
Technical gear
Snowboard
Technical gear
Snowboard boots
Technical gear
Telescopic poles
Technical gear
Ski goggles
Technical gear
Screwgate carabiner x3
Technical gear
60 – 120 cm tape sling
Technical gear
Belay device
Technical gear
Crampons that fit snowboard boots
Technical gear
Free ride skis
Technical gear
Ski boots
Technical gear
Ski poles
Technical gear
20 – 30 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis / snowboard
Safety Equipment
Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
Safety Equipment
Ski or snowboard helmet
Other essentials
Sunglasses
Other essentials
Water bottle – Ideally two 1L bottles
Other essentials
Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)
Included in price

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 in price

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

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

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.