Avalanche Education Courses

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Reading a book about avalanche safety gives one an awareness of the ever changing risk associated with skiing fresh powder. But actually putting that into practice while skiing off-piste with friends is another thing. My 1-3 day instructional courses will give freeriders/back county skiers the knowledge and practical tools to allow them to make educated decisions in choosing when to go or not to go and help you understand the latest techniques to increase your avalanche awareness. The course is based the new ISTA method, providing individuels with a whole new method of acquiring practical knowledge. Because of its universal language and standardised certification that will eventually be offered in most countries, ISTA provides its students with the opportunity to take courses in different areas of the world and to join a community of fellow enthusiasts. A team of over 40 experts, spanning 9 countries and 3 continents in the areas of education, sport psychology, transfer of knowledge, nutrition, meteorology, snow science, risk management and rescue methods, as well as mountain guides and ski instructors, were involved in the development of this unprecedented project. Unlike other avalanche education courses, this method is based on the ‘Before”, keeping us out of the “During” and “After”, where students are taught rescue techniques. We do touch on rescue techniques, but most of the education is on keeping out of an avalanche.

The Discovery module lasts one day, while the ST1 is during 2-3 days. If you would like to do only 1 day, the discovery is an intense intro to this method. If you have 2-3 days, I suggest taking the ST1. Upon completion of one of these courses, you are invited to join this growing community with added benefits, including reductions on enough gear, travel, and lift passes to recuperate most of the costs of the course.

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Dates 2015/16:

  • December 2, 2016 ISTA Discovery
  • December 2-4, 2016 ISTA ST 1
  • December 10, 2016 ISTA Discovery
  • December 10-12, 2016 ISTA ST 1
  • More courses will be added as demand requires. To request other dates, please contact me here or on Facebook or call +41 79 446 2289 and we can work together to form other groups.

Price: from SFr.330.00

Personal Equipment

  • randonée skis/board with skins
  • probe, shovel, beacon
  • food and drink
  • clothing adapted for winter touring

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