With the development of ski technology (i.e. wider skis), there is no doubt that skiing in the backcountry is becoming easier, more accessible and therefore more popular. However there is much more to heading off piste safely than technique.
Of equal, if not greater importance, is the understanding of the hazards associated with backcountry skiing. The ability to make the right decisions depending on conditions is paramount to the activity. Can you recognise the warning signs and know which slopes to avoid? It’s all very well to carry safety equipment but do you know how to use it?
We can offer you that all important essential knowledge; recognizing hazards and learning how to avoid and minimize the risks. Our Backcountry Awareness program revolves around the participants constantly being asked if a slope is safe to ski “what MUST they consider from start to finish of a day in the backcountry?”
IN DETAIL A BACKCOUNTRY AWARENESS DAY WILL LOOK AT 5 MAIN AREAS:
- Avalanche understanding
- Snow pack
- Avalanche Search and Rescue practice
- How to manage a safe descent
We are particularly passionate about running this programme for young people, it is aimed at teenagers who are already confident piste skiers and want to start skiing off-piste, we believe it is essential that backcountry hazard awareness starts the moment you begin off-piste skiing.
Equipment – Backcountry Awareness Programme:
All participants need to bring “normal ski equipment”.
GZBA will supply ALL avalanche safety equipment including airbag pack, transceiver, shovel and probe.
Bespoke Adventure is the best way for families, groups of friends, school parties or corporate groups to get the most out of a holiday.
The programme is suitable for total beginners and is ideal for anyone wanting to learn the essential basic skills for climbing easy alpine peaks.