The content and delivery is designed around the prevailing conditions and the ability level of the skiers on the course along with individual and group needs, and may be subject to changes, additions and modifications. Below is an indication of the areas that will enable much safer self-management in off-piste areas whilst under professional supervision. On completion of the course a better understanding of many of these areas involved in off-piste safety along with much improved self-management when skiing off-piste within a supervised group would be the desired outcome.
The course is for half days Monday to Friday.
It’s possible to extend to full days with the other half day focusing joining an Off-Piste Performance Course creating an all day Off-Piste Course split between safety skills and performance.
(subject to changes, additions and modifications)
The use of specialist off-piste equipment.
° Skis, boots, poles
° Transceivers, shovels, probes, airbags
Rescuing a companion/companions in the event of being buried by snow.
° Companion rescue procedure. Single search, multi search
° Alerting authorities and vacating the mountain
Self Arrest & Avalanche
Self arresting a slide when skiing on steeper terrain after a loss of control and self management in the event of being carried or buried by snow.
° Self arrest variations including the use of skis, boots, poles
° Self management in the event of being carried or being buried by snow
° Use of airbags in the event of being carried by snow
Moving around off-piste areas safely on skis
° Awareness of hazards, slope steepness, slope aspects, islands of safety
° Reading piste maps, accessing local knowledge
Managing oneself when skiing off-piste within a group
° Group and individual spacing, maintaining spacing, selecting lines, safe stopping areas
° Controlling and adjusting speed of travel
Understanding the effect of snow, weather and terrain on the snowpack and how to dig snow pits and improve understanding of bonding or lack of bonding in the snowpack
° Weather and terrain
° Snow pits and snow profiling
Understanding and recognising the effects of weather on safe travel in off-piste areas
How to safely manage oneself when skiing off-piste under a variety of conditions
° Controlling speed and direction and coping with variations in snow texture, slope steepness, snow depth and variations in aspects and widths of slope
° Skidding, side slipping, navigating hazards
° Kick turns, jump turns, manoeuvring in awkward situations
The human factor of skiing off-piste. Click for more
Understanding risk assessment