Avalanche Training Centre © José Crespo

Avalanche Training Centre

What better way to understand the dangers than by trying to locate avalanche victims. Prevention and simulated excercises are key to making skiers and snowboarders fully aware of the risks of going off piste.

On Leysin’s ski fields at the top of the Aï chairlift, there’s a fun and interactive park where you can train in the search for avalanche victims. Transmitters are used to indicate buried victims.

By using a probe and an A.R.V.A or D.V.A device, participants need to show team skills, to act quickly and efficiently in order to find the transmitter as soon as possible. Time is of the essence if a victim is to survive.

The training centre underlines the dangers of avalanches and going off piste to both skiers and snowboarders. For novices, an induction course with a guide puts them in the shoes of a rescue expert helping them to learn the fundamentals of rescue, while freeriders learn how to become more effective during a search.

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