Powerful avalanche exploding down the mountain
The Ski Club of Great Britain has again teamed up with Henry's Avalanche Talk, Arc'teryx and new for this year, retailer Ellis Brigham, to offer comprehensive mountain safety and avalanche awareness training before you get to the slopes. And new for 2010 is an advanced off piste talk which has been added to the portfolio
The introductory talks will cover basic off piste safety including how to be well prepared before heading off piste, where to go and when, and what equipment to take off piste.
The advanced talk is for skiers who already venture off piste, but want to take their learning further. The talk will cover route selection, avalanche types, use of transceivers* and what to do if caught in an avalanche slide. Ellis Brigham is offering a 10% discount on kit at each venue.
Also, there are two practical avalanche transceiver training sessions taking place on UK beaches - Sandbanks at Poole in Dorset and Hayling Island in Hampshire. During the sessions participants will learn how to do single and multiple transceiver searches and get comfortable with using an avalanche transceiver before the season starts. Transceivers are devices worn against the body when skiing and can be used if skiers are caught in an avalanche to search for buried people. They can also be hired from the Ski Club.
Events take place on the evening of Tuesday 16 November at Covent Garden in London, on Wednesday 17 November at Duke Street in Manchester and on Thursday 18 November back in Covent Garden for the advanced level talk.
The transceiver training sessions will take place at Poole on Saturday 6 November and at Hayling Island on Saturday 13th November 11am -1.30pm.
Tickets cost £7 (£6 for Ski Club members) and can be bought online at skiclub.co.uk