Cours avalanche SMT2 – 30-31st of January 2021 – ENG version


Date: 30-31st of January 2021 (2 days)

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Terry Ralphs (Mountain guide UIAGM and instructor SMT)



Our avalanche courses follow the Swiss Mountain Training syllabus. Swiss Mountain training are an organisation supported by SLF (Swiss Avalanche forecasting association) Swiss Mountain Guides and Swiss Health and Safety department.





If you are planning to ski off piste then these weekend courses are a great way to start your holiday or winter season.

Level 2 is a two day course for people who have already had some training in avalanche awareness and the continuation from level 1 course. It goes into more detail on the avalanche science and explores group management and safer travel techniques in avalanche terrain. It is important to have a basic understanding in the avalanche phenomena prior to taking this course.
The Level 2 course is a much more detailed course and aimed at those who will be taking a leadership role when skiing off piste or ski touring.

Certification is given by Swiss Mountain Training.

Swiss Mountain Training Level 2

Course 2.1: 16th /17th January 2021
Course 2.2: 30th / 31st January 2021
Course 2.3: 20th / 21st February 2021
Price SFr300, accommodation and lift pass not included.

  • The avalanche phenomenon review
  • How the weather and conditions both past and present influences the snowpack
  • Analysing and documenting the snowpack by digging snow pits. Making a detailed analysis and documenting the snowpack. This will help give you a greater understanding of the snow stability.
  • More in depth theory of snow science and avalanche awareness
  • Assessing the snowpack for stability
  • How to create an overview of the current avalanche risk and be able to make an avalanche forecast
  • Group Management to enhance safety in avalanche terrain and route finding in avalanche terrain and managing the risk.
  • Develop a greater situational awareness in the field so that you better informed decisions on safe snow, travel and route finding.
  • Use of Avalanche transceivers for search and retrieval. Advanced use of transceivers and avalanche rescue procedures.
  • Use of avalanche probes and shovels
  • Self-rescue systems and the survival aspect of being in an avalanche situation.
  • Leadership skills
Course Outline

Day 1 Saturday
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 findings in conjunction with the current weather and avalanche information to review 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.

Day 2 Sunday
We should now have a good understanding of the snowpack and how it affects its stability. The focus of this day will be avalanche avoidance. This is done by assessing an overview of slope stability so we can use good judgement to ensure that a suitably safe route is taken. We will establish a structure on which to base our risk assessment ensuring that we do not overlook any important factors which could contribute to being caught in an avalanche.

We will start the day by making an initial risk assessment of the avalanche danger compared to our avalanche forecast.
Route choice is especially important, so we will also discuss these options in the field. Managing the group in terms of spacing (distance apart) is an important safety consideration, so you will have the opportunity of “leading” the group under the close direction of the guide.

The course debrief will be at 5pm.
Course closes 6pm.