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Safety, knowledge and fun!

Get your skis out! Dust off your skis and your knowledge.
Upguides offers you a day to get back to basics, a friendly event organised by the association L'Alternative.

The concept: a day dedicated to training and drills around snow, safety and first aid followed by a festive evening.

Trip Essentials

17th of December 2023
Val Cenis, Haute Maurienne, France


-Morning: various workshops in small groups.
Observation of the snow cover, basic snow techniques
Handling your avalanche transceiver, workshops on the range and special cases (double maximum, deep burials etc...)
Simple & complex avalanche transceiver search (multi-victim / deep burials / special situations)
Probing and shovelling techniques
Passing an alert message (radio / telephone), who to call, what to say
Organisation of the search and rescue: surface clues, DVA search, optimisation and distribution of roles
First aid: detecting a distress

-Afternoon: complete exercises on skis
Complete avalanche rescue exercises, from the recognition of the situation to the arrival of organised rescue
Practical case study in first aid

-Après-ski :Ortovox Challenge - Aperitif/ Meal around the fire

What do you know about avalanche search?

Level 1:
Put your avalanche transceiver in search/emission mode. Know how to do a double check
Mount your shovel and probe
Basic avalanche transceiver search (1 victim, primary/secondary and final search)
Probing technique (2 hands with gloves, perpendicular to the slope) 
Level 2:
Know your avalanche transceiver perfectly. number of detectable victims, analog/digital modes
Be efficient on a search for 1 or 2 victims. Mark the victims and move on to the next victims
Know the principle of avalanche rescue organisation, know how to give your position
Shoveling techniques
Level 3:
Organise an avalanche search
Distribute the work (surface index, avalanche transceiver, mount shovels, etc.)
Give an alert
Question a witness calmly and get the right information
Level 4 :
First aid techniques
Pay attention to the important signs around an avalanche
Organise a sounding wave (coarse / fine sounding)
Organise the arrival of the rescue team / doctor / DZ


-Included :
1 day training with UIAGM guides, ski instructors, trainers and first aiders
Welcome coffee / Lunch 

-Not included:
Ski passes


More informations & Bookings

What is the ALTERNATIVE association?
The role of the association is to promote our values through voluntary sports events.
The income generated by the association is used to support the creation of a convivial place for sporting and cultural meetings and exchanges, shared with the UPguides structure.

Rental equipment :
Do you need ski equipment? Shovel, probe, DVA? Contact us to book!
Accommodation :
We can help you book accommodation, just send us an email.
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