The Alps attracts millions of skiers and snowboarders each year. With our great value ski wee
kends more and more people are heading out to the mountains without considering the risks involved such as avalanche safety. Avalanches claim hundreds of lives each winter and it is vitally important skiers and boarders alike are clued up on such an important subject.
To get the most out of your ski holiday you will naturally want to push your skiing boundaries so doing this, staying safe and avalanche safety is of upmost importance. It is important to know that Avalanches can occur on any slopes given the right conditions so there are a few factors you should consider before heading out.
Avalanche Safety – Factors to consider
- Weather & temperature
- Wind direction
- Snowpack conditions
- Slope angle
- Terrain & vegetation
If you are unsure about any of these avalanche factors or how to read them then simple, STAY ON THE GROOMED SLOPES!
skiing is a wonderful way to get away and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Alps. If you do venture out into the wild then be sure to tell someone where you are going. Make sure you go with a guide or someone who knows the area very well and is equipped with Avalanche safety gear.
Avalanche Safety Gear – Be Alert & Prepared
- Avalanche beacons (Transceivers)
- Collapsible probes
- Portable snow shovels
Avalanche Safety Tips
- If there is no other way of crossing a dangerous slope make sure you do it one person at a time to minimize risk
- When descending stay as far to the sides of any chutes or dangerous looking areas
- Look after each other, if someone is hungry or tired they won’t be at their best and are more likely to make mistakes
Stay safe on the mountain with Ski Weekends and our avalanche safety tips - enjoy great powder and value prices for years to come!