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Avalanche Academy is dedicated to making you safer when off-piste and in the back-country

The adventure of the off-piste is what we all dream of but avalanche is our worst nightmare. If you intend to venture away from the controlled pistes and into the mountain arena you owe to it yourself to be trained first. Avalanche Academy now offer safety training in Chamonix, with private courses also available in Verbier, Morzine, Saint Gervais, the Grand Massif, Courmayeur, La Thuile and other venues on request.

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Avalanche Foundation
18 December 2021: 125.00

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Why book your avalanche training with us?

why us
  1. We are the first and only dedicated Avalanche Training School in Chamonix.
  2. Our “on snow” training theory is focussed on teaching you what you need to know most.
  3. We will provide you with all the safety equipment you need, at no extra cost. All of our transceivers are the newest technology, and our kit has been selected because it is the best on the market.
  4. ALL of our courses run. If you book - your course will not be cancelled due to lack of numbers.
  5. All of our Guides are hand-picked for their knowledge, teaching abilities, and inter-personal skills. If one of our small team isn't available we won't run a course with a Guide we don't know.
  6. Our avalanche safety courses are the most popular in the European Alps - we train over 250 people every winter.
  7. There are no hidden costs. We do not charge a booking fee, credit card fee, or for use of our safety equipment. The price you see is the price you pay.

Avalanche Academy News

2021 Courses Modified due to Covid

Due to the current situation, our courses have been modified for the 2021 season. The key differences are:

1. Class Size - Current Regulations do not permit groups of more than six, so our courses will be run at a maximum ration of 1:5.

2. Indoor Theory Sessions - These aren't possible this season. Hence we will have an evening class, on-line, the night before you attend any of our courses.

3. Access to the mountains - The lifts are closed this season. So we will use touring gear to get into the mountains. For the Foundation course you can use ski touring gear, split-boards, or snow shoes. For the Progression Course you will be undertaking a tour, so you will need either touring skis or a split board.

2021 is a challenging season so far. However, by adapting our practises, and with the help off technology, we think we can overcome these difficulties and continue to enjoy the mountains. Come and join us !

They're back - our Free Avalanche Talks

Heading to Chamonix this winter ? Then why not come along to one of our free Avalanche Awareness Presentations ?

The presentations last about an hour and are given by an IFMGA qualified Guide based in the Chamonix Valley. They key topics covere...


How to interpret our Avalanche Bulletins

For the past 6 seasons we have been summarising the daily avalanche bulletin for Chamonix and then sharing it on Social Media (primarily Twitter). Due to mainly using Twitter we have limited characters for what can be a complex explanation of the risks, and...


What's on this winter 2018-19 in Chamonix

This winter we will be running out Avalanche Foundation and Progression courses as per usual. The slight difference is that the early season Progression courses will be on touring kit so that we can always access good snow if conditions are a little lean.


Free Avalanche Awareness Lectures Chamonix 2018/19

Dedicated to keeping you safer in the off-piste, we will be running our Avalanche Awareness lectures in Chamonix again this winter. The fantastic Bighorn Bar and Bistro will be our venue again, as per last season.

The talks are a mixture of liv...