BC Avalanche Course - 2 Day


Destination: Chamonix

2-Day BC Course Chamonix

A very practical weekend to fine tune you avalanche skills! The Tinderbox Backcountry Avalanche course is a more advanced course aimed at people looking to develop more depth to their avalanche hazard evaluation. Our level 1 course is a pre-requisite to our level 2 courses. Our avalanche courses have been developed from a wide range of sources and follow the NZ/Canadian avalanche program renowned as the leading standard for professional avalanche training and qualification. The course includes a training manual and a certificate of achievement on finishing the course.

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Dates: 18-01-2014

Skiing Ability: Intermediate to Pro

Group Size: 8

Delivered by:

Russell Braddock Kiwi mountain guide and avalanche professional! Having trained ski patrol and mountain guide students the art of snow safety for over ten years Russell is one of the best guys around.

The course:

Begins with an evening discussion and presentation introducing further avalanche safety concepts including snow pack analyisis, snow and weather forecasting and observations. After the morning safety breifing by one of our fully trained instructors or guides you will spend the day looking at how to make your own avalanche hazard evaluations based on all the information available.

Why two days

Developing avalanche skills is all about time in the mountains, its a game of experience. Running the course over a whole weekend provides more opportunities to acquire the skills presented by having the time to practice them, under the guidance of our experienced avalanche instructors. During the two days we'll also get the chance to ski some fun descents around Chamonix. 

Typical itinerary:

  • Friday - Evening briefing and informal discussion and presentation on the anatomy of an avalanche and how to reduce the risk when travelling in avalanche terrain. 
  • Saturday/Sunday – Two days of avalanche awareness training including – Avalanche equipment and training, snow form and structure, effects of the weather, terrain and route selection, triggers, slope testing/stability testing.

Featured content:

  • Anatomy of an avalanche
  • Route and terrain selection
  • Weather 
  • Snow stability
  • Snow form and structure (form, layers, shear planes)
  • Equipment
  • Human factors
  • Avalanche rescue 

Delivered by 

  • Russell Braddock
  • Chris Fecher