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Safety, knowledge and fun!

Dust off your skis and train for winter!
Join Upguides for a week-end of talks and drills about ski and safety.

Trip Essentials

18-19 December 2021
Val Cenis, Haute Maurienne, France


Day 1:

-Morning, workshops in smaller groups:

  • Snowpack observations
  • Beeper training simple & complex (multi-victims / deep burials / peculiar situations)
  • Probing and shoveling techniques
  • Sending and emergency message (radio / phone), who to call, what to say?
  • Search and rescue organisation: surface clues, initial search, who's doing what?
  • First aid: identifying the emergencies, first aid basics, keeping the victims warm


  • Comprehensive avalanche exercises, from the accident to the arrival of professionnal rescuers
  • First aid exercise
  • Debriefing

Day 2:

Relaxed ski touring day, in smaller groups by level, from ski touring beginners to professionnals.
We'll talk about route choices, how to use the terrain to your advantage, how to take group dynamics into consideration.

Day 1: what do you know about avalanche search?

Level 1:

  • Turn your beeper on&off, perform a double check
  • Mount your probe and shovel
  • Basic search, 1 victim
  • Probing

Level 2:

  • Know your beeper perfectly, range, different modes
  • Multi-victim search
  • Basics in rescue organisation
  • Shovelling V and I  techniques

Level 3:

  • Organise an avalanche search, manage tasks and people
  • Send an emergency message
  • Deal with witnesses and informations

Level 4:

  • First aid
  • Know the important signs on a buried victim
  • Manage a probing research (coarse/thin)
  • Organise the arrival of the rescue team / medics / DZ

Day 2: a nice day out... but with serious talks!

During this day, here are the topics we'll be talking about:

  • Preparing a ski touring trip
  • Reading the snow&weather forecast, and being able to identify the relevant factors
  • The 6 avalanche activity indicators you should remember
  • Moving in the terrain and using it to our advantage
  • Communication and group dynamics



- 2 days training with IFMGA Mountain Guides & First Aid Instructors
- lunch on day 1

Not Included:

- All food except lunch day 2
- Transport
- Lodging
- Personal Insurances

per day / per person

More informations & Bookings

Are you a professional?

You can join day 1 for 30€, if wished, day 2 for 40€

You need help for the lodging?

Send us an email and we'll help you.