Chamonix Experience and Ortovox have designed a highly effective mountain safety course to give you a good basic knowledge and understanding of avalanches and their causes

ORTOVOX SAFETY ACADEMY 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 and Ortovox offer 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 ORTOVOX SAFETY ACADEMY was established to help you do this. In partnership with Chamonix Experience and other mountaineering schools, Ortovox has developed a highly effective training concept in which mountain safety experts pass their invaluable knowledge on to you.

The goal of the Ortovox safety academy 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 behaviour 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 Ortovox Safety Acadamy is your opportunity to take responsibility for your own welfare in the mountains.

Ortovox Safety Academy Course Dates & Prices

Dates are on demand. If you do not wish to join an open group, you can take this course with a private mountain guide at a cost of 430€ for groups of up to 6 participants per guide. We can organise larger groups with multiple guides on request, please contact us for details.

If you are a single traveller, we can open a group course on your requested dates and form a group. We will need minimum of 4 participants to run the course at the group price of 150€ per person.

Dates

ORTOVOX Safety Academy Level 1 dates - 2019

Start date Spaces
Price from
 
January 06, 2019
150.00€
January 23, 2019
2
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

Ortovox Safety Academy 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

  • Travelling through avalanche terrain
  • Planning backcountry ski trips
  • Understanding avalanche bulletins & weather reports
  • Identifying & assessing the avalanche risk
  • Carrying out avalanche search & rescue techniques

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

Sun hat

Sun hat

Technical gear

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Free ride skis

Free ride skis

Ski boots

Ski boots

Ski poles

Ski poles

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

Guiding & Tuition

1 day with a UIAGM mountain guide and ORTOVOX avalanche instructor (½ half day classroom session and ½ day mountain session).

ORTOVOX Equipment

ORTOVOX safety backpack equipped with avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel (provided only for the duration of the 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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