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2-day Avalanche safety skills course

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Welcome to a 2-day basic avalanche course!

2 days

Moderate

15+

3250

This course is perfect for those who want to become more confident in the mountains during winter months in regards to the hazards that avalanches pose and applies to all types of travel in mountainous terrain, be it on skis, snowboards, snowshoes, or snowmobiles. We provide you with the traditional and digital tools necessary to plan and execute safe trips in backcountry terrain during the winter. You will also gain the skills and methods associated with buddy rescue and first aid. On this course, we will be using ski touring skis or splitboards.

The location of the course will be dependent on snow and weather conditions but will be no more than 1 hours drive from Ålesund.


Nyttig info

This course is suitable for those who want to learn more about avalanches to make safer choices in the winter mountains. The course is suitable for those who have done some backcountry skiing before, as well as those who have several years of backcountry skiing but never paid attention to the dangers of avalanches or relied on others to make decisions. Knowledge of avalanches, snow conditions, and buddy rescue is a skill that needs to be practiced, and everyone who travels in steep terrain should be confident in basic avalanche knowledge and buddy rescue. A basic avalanche course can therefore both provide new knowledge or refresh rusty skills! The age limit for the course is 15 years, and participants under 18 must document written consent of parents. Are you unsure if the course is right for you? Contact us for a chat.

  • Certified instructor
  • First aid and safety equipment
  • Reading material on avalanche basics

  • Personal gear, see "what to bring" list below
  • Transport to and from meeting point
  • Lodging if required, can be arranged for additional cost.

  • Ski / splitboard with walking function
  • Ski / snowboard boots with walking function
  • Poles
  • Avalanche beacon (can be rented)
  • Shovel (can be rented)
  • Probe (can be rented)
  • Skins
  • Helmet
  • Ski goggles
  • Emergency shelter - not mandatory
  • Backpack 35+ liters
  • Shell jacket + Shell pants
  • Down jacket + extra layer
  • Extra gloves
  • Packed lunch + drinks

Online booking closes 3 days prior to course, so contact us directly if you wish to sign up on short notice.

We have avalanche gear for rental for our participants.

The guide will at all times make the group's safety a priority. This means that weather, wind and other conditions will always provide guidance as to whether the planned course / trip can be completed or not. Should the weather be too bad, we as the organizer will cancel, and you will be offered to move departure or full refund. Remember to read through our booking conditions as this is automatically part of the agreement when you book a trip with us.

DAG-FOR-DAG Program

  • Meet-up and introduction to the course
  • Short theory and information session
  • Equipment
  • Beacon check and avalanche gear
  • Buddy rescue
  • Avalanche terrain; route selection and terrain assessment
  • Participant homework; Plan a backcountry ski tour for the next day

  • The human factor
  • Recap of yesterdays learning points whilst on the move
  • Participants make terrain assessments and route selection decisions with instructor guidance
  • A repeat of buddy rescue and multi-burial scenario