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Avalanche Foundation

Learn the essentials to stay alive ! 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
future.

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

For 2021/2022 season courses we will meet at 08:45 at the Cafe Marmattons at Grand Montets ski area.
Courses usually finish around 16:00-16:30.

Included:

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
Insurance
Food/Accommodation


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

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Be safe, do the course!
Reviewed by Olivia and Ben from Geneva

Realised we had been in a false sense of security skiing off piste near resorts. Stuart put us right and we have learnt SO MUCH. Don't hesitate, do this course. We also learnt some great tricks for finding good snow :)

March 2022
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Essential course for anyone going off-piste.
Reviewed by Steven P from Chamonix

Thinking over the course in the evening, I realized in the past I had done some very dangerous skiing oblivious to the risks and without a buddy to dig me out. A lot of information and practice was packed into the day while we got in some good skiing.

January 2022
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
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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
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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
Foundation/Progression
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
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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
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Super
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
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Donski
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
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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

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