Check out our new avalanche awareness/off-piste safety courses in association with ORTOVOX Safety Academy! Coming to Val d’Isere/Tignes this season.

Ortovox transceiver training HATWhen you go off-piste, it is essential to have the right safety equipment and to really know how to use it. In our course with the ORTOVOX Safety Academy you will learn the essentials of staying safe when you go off-piste.

We will teach you the basics of modern risk management. This includes some facts about snow and avalanches, the proper handling of safety equipment, and tactical evaluation methods. You will also learn the correct procedure to use if an avalanche accident does occur, in an active victim search and rescue exercise using your transceivers and practising your digging technique.


  • Thursday 19 January 2017
  • Thursday 23 February 2017

Also available as a 2 day course (see dates below) with more time for off-piste skiing and the possibility of ski touring on the 2nd day.




  • Overview of avalanche safety equipment
  • How to interpret the avalanche bulletin
  • Fundamentals of modern risk management
  • Guided off-piste skiing/boarding in the morning
  • Active search and rescue training in the afternoon, using ORTOVOX transceivers to find multiple burials
  • Procedure to be taken if an avalanche accident does occur


08:45 meeting at the Gourmandine Restaurant in Val dIsère, or 09.15 at the bottom of the Marmottes chairlift for those staying in Tignes. The whole day is spent on the mountain. In the morning you will go off-piste with our guide to find the best snow and be coached about the essentials of decision-making and route selection. We will also explain how your avalanche safety equipment works. After a quick  lunch stop on the mountain, you will take part in an active search and rescue exercise, learning about how to find multiple victim burials with your avalanche transceivers. The day will finish at around 16.00 on the Bellevarde area of the mountain, giving good access back to Tignes or Val dIsère.
off piste safety training HAT Ortovox

1 day course dates:

  • Thursday 19 January 2017
  • Thursday 23 February 2017

2 day course dates:

  • 16/17 January 2017
  • 20/21 February 2017

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6-8 people per course

€79 per person