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Avalanche Progression

Avalanche Progression

Building on the foundation of knowledge you already have this one day course will take you to the next
level. You will learn how to assess risks for yourself, and make effective route finding decisions.

The course will cover the following:
- Planning a day using off-piste guidebooks, maps, and the avalanche forecast.
- Identification of avalanche terrain
- Snow science (including the formation of the snow pack)
- Influence of the weather and terrain
- Simple snow profiling exercises
- Safer travel techniques
- Realistic multiple burial rescue scenarios
- Organising complex rescues

Please note that early and late season courses are run on ski touring equipment which you will need to
provide. This is due to the unpredictable amounts of snow that we might have and allow the group to access
the best terrain. If you have to rent touring equipment, we recommend Comcept Pro in Chamonix centre as a
place to hire from. Mention Avalanche Academy for a discount when hiring.


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

Avalanche Progression Courses meet at 08:45 at the Cafe Olympique next to the ticket office at Le Tour
(Near Argentiere).

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

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

Great course
Reviewed by Lee Bennett from Morzine

Did both the foundation and avalanche progression course with Stuart both were very well run in a professional and informative matter and of course lots of fun. Would recommend these courses to anyone who has an interest in off piste and back country snow sports.

March 2017
Great Course
Reviewed by Rowan Palmer from Geneva

Last weekend I took the Foundation and Progression courses, which were both fantastic. Both days were packed with information, practical skills, and great powder turns. Stuart was an excellent instructor, guide, and fun guy to ski with. I would highly recommend Avalanche Academy to anybody who is even thinking about chasing the powder off piste.

January 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
Again, super
Reviewed by elke hottentot from geneva

I took the Basic Course on Sat Feb 20th followed directly by the Avalanche Progression Course. My review of this second course is again very positive and is the same as my review of the Basic Course: 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
There's always more to learn
Reviewed by Cath Noble from Geneva

I'd done the Foundation course the day before, so was curious as to what the Progression would teach us.

Our snow & environment awareness got cranked up yet another level... Analysis of terrain, planning your routes, looking at slopes which had already avalanched and working out why... plus of course some excellent skiing to get to interesting places.

This is an excellent complement to the Foundation course. I would also consider doing this as a refresher course next year.

April 2014
Progresson Training
Reviewed by Julian Charters from Australia/London

Thanks for an epic weekend ! I got absolutely everything I wanted from it, and then some.Thanks again.

January 2014
Reviewed by John "Spider" McKenzie from Scotland

We got a lot out of the course. I already knew a lot of the information, but didn't know how to use it to plan a day off-piste. Ground and terrain selection is critical, so today was very much what I was looking for.Please pass on our thanks to Tim for his excellent teaching.

January 2014
Progression course
Reviewed by Megan Toman from Chamonix

Stuart utilised all moments to talk about avalanche awareness, including on all the lifts and during lunch. As a group we were constantly analysing the snow pack and weather and trying to make informed decisions about where to ski. We packed so much into the day including some great skiing. The whole day was enjoyable, informative and well worth the money.

January 2013
A great day of Training
Reviewed by Kathleen Swalling from Chamonix

Tim delivered a superb Avalanche Progression course on Monday. The scenarios were very realistic and thanks to his excellent plannning we got some great skiing too !

March 2012
Progression course - Christmas week
Reviewed by Tim Gosling from London

I've done a fair amount of avalanche training in the past and was treating the progression course as a refresher. This was probably the best training day I've had with a guide. Stuart has put real thought into how to pack a lot of information into a short space of time and, critically how to apply it and make decisions on the hill. I'm sure, were I to do the course again, I'd come away with something new. I'm pretty sure I'll be back.

January 2012

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