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Avalanche Foundation

Updated format due to Covid Avalanche Foundation

We pack a lot into this one day course in order to give you a solid platform that you can build on in the

The course will cover the following:
- Causes of avalanches
- Understanding avalanche bulletins
- Route planning in avalanche terrain
- Reading the signs identifying clues as to potential hazards
- Risk reduction
- Safer travel techniques
- What to do if caught in an avalanche
- Effective use of transceivers, shovels and probes
- Organising a simple rescue

Foe 2021 Foundation Courses will meet at 09:00 at the Ticket Office at Le Tour. Courses will run until
around 15:00. The evening prior to the course running there will be an on-line class in order to prepare
you for the day - you will need internet access and a computer to participate.


Professional Instruction throughout the day
Free use of top quality avalanche safety equipment. NB If you want to borrow equipment, please annotate
this on your booking form under "remarks".

Not Included:

Lift Tickets (not reqd for 2021)

Don't worry about minimum numbers to make the course run. ALL of our courses are guaranteed. If you book -
the course will run.

If you have the time we strongly recommend you also book the Avalanche Progression Course for the
following day.

Not sure about the course ? Why not scroll to the bottom of the page and see what previous clients thought

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Customer Reviews

Very satisfied!
Reviewed by Loumo from Switzerland

An absolute MUST for anyone engaging in ski touring/off-piste skiing. It gave us a very well balanced theoretical and practical overview to judge risks and proceed on a rescue. Stuart is a great trainer, in knowledge and attitude, and managed to workaround Covid and an adverse snow report, to find good quality and scenic spots for us to train. A highly recommendable course, essential to any responsible off-piste skier.

February 2021
A super informative and rewarding day
Reviewed by Ewan Veitch from Paris/Les Houches

Stuart took us through all aspects of basic avalanche foundation training in amazing powder conditions - as the snow continued to fall. Stuart takes you through serious subjects in a really relaxed but professional way that creates a great atmosphere to learn in for the day. We have been coming regularly to Chamonix for many years, but the course is a real eye opener, even if you think you know what you re doing already. Thoroughly recommended!

December 2017
Great Course. Highly recommended
Reviewed by Scott from Aigle, Switzerland

Just back from a weekend with Stuart for the Avalanche Foundation and Progression courses. Two full-on days packed with learning, really useful advice and some great off-piste guided riding. Would definitely recommend the course if you want to ski or board off-piste and keep yourself and others safe.

January 2017
Reviewed by Simon Cook

Did both courses,excellent content and hands on practical stuff from the start,really good development and packed a lot in during very varied conditions

November 2016
Avalanche review
Reviewed by Anthony Kelly from Geneva

Great course if you intend to ski off piste. They teach the core fundamentals in avoiding an avalanche, and all the safety and recovery methods in the instance of an avalanche. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Definitely worth a try.

March 2016
Reviewed by Elke from geneva

Taking a class with Stuart is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant - at least, that was my experience. His course is packed with lots of factual and anecdotal information, taught in a serious manner but somehow kept playful and allows for hands-on practice. Highly recommended! Elke

February 2016
Reviewed by Don Brennan from Manchester

Many thanks to Adam, who provided a wealth of information,which was delivered in a very interesting and engaging format.Learnt many new and interesting facts. I think these courses should be compulsary for off piste riding.

February 2015
Hands on - just what I needed!
Reviewed by Rafe Saunders from United Kingdom

I attended the Foundation course with Stuart having read several books on the subject, but still unsure how to put the facts into practice. This course did exactly that!
The burial scenario was a real eye opener, in reality it’s not so easy doing it for real in unfamiliar terrain, with survivors shouting and wandering about with shock…
There was obviously much more than this is the course.

I would fully recommend taking this course without hesitation to anyone.

January 2015
Extremely useful
Reviewed by Miklos from Geneva

Very useful knowledge and a fun day as well. I can only recommend it to everybody who would like to know more about the topic regardless whether you are staying on the marked slopes or venturing off piste...

January 2015
Essential training to stay alive in the mountains
Reviewed by Cath Noble from Geneva

This was excellent training to equip us with the basics for understanding snow, how it can move, and why. I very much appreciated the hands-on nature of the course, digging holes, looking at the snow in close-up and how to feel for layers through the snow.

Money very well spent; if there's a space on a course, grab it - it may it will save your life or your friends' lives one day.

April 2014

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