Avalanche course SMT1 in english – 15 January


Level 1 is a one day course dealing with basic avalanche awareness and avalanche rescue techniques.

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calendar check iconDate: 15 January 2022

location iconPlace: Alpes Vaudoises (Leysin, Glacier 3000…)

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people icon Number: 6 people for one guide

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The emphasis of the morning is to understand the avalanche phenomena. We start with a classroom session covering snow science and the mechanisms that trigger avalanches.
We then venture outdoors to use a snow pit (profile) as a tool to enhance our understanding of snow science so that we can further develop our understanding of snow science. We will use these finding in conjunction with the current weather and avalanche information which we reviewed on Friday evening to ascertain the current avalanche risk.

A training session on avalanche rescue protocol and the use of transceivers, probes and shovels is done at the end of the day.

During the evening we will make an avalanche forecast using the data from the snow pit analysis and weather forecast. We will also consider potential itineraries for the next day and discuss the merits of these in terms of safety and quality of snow for skiing. Being in the right place is incredibly important in avalanche terrain and a defensive approach is encouraged.

The course debrief will be at 5pm.

gear iconMaterial
  • Complete ski touring equipment
  • Backpack (env. 40l), thermos and snack
  • Avalanche transceiver (battery minimum 80%), pelle à neige (metal), sonde (min. 220cm)
  • Material to take notes
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Directly from our website (Twint or Stripe).

Skipass not included.

SMT certificate is extra 25CHF extra

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The participant must have health and accident insurance. In addition, cancellation insurance is recommended. The Alpes Vaudoises guides office declines all responsibility.

notebook iconGeneral conditions

We remind you that by registering, you accept our general and cancellation conditions. The guide responsible for the outing reserves the right to modify or cancel the outing at any time in the event of adverse weather conditions or other reason.