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The Safety Academy Lab Snow from Ortovox - avalanche safety made easy!

Those who move in the mountains bear responsibility. Since its founding in 1980, ORTOVOX has seen its task in preparing mountaineers for alpine challenges in the best possible way - and not only with the development of pioneering products. With the SAFETY ACADEMY, ORTOVOX also offers a unique, comprehensive safety training for all mountain athletes. In close cooperation with the Association of German Mountain and Ski Guides (VDBS), numerous professional mountain guides as well as safety and first aid experts, ORTOVOX has completely revised its highly regarded SAFETY ACADEMY LAB SNOW. In four chapters with 15 video tutorials, comprehensive learning modules and numerous quizzes, the new interactive, multimedia training platform presents all important safety aspects of ski touring and freeriding in a clear and understandable way. All content is aimed at beginners as well as advanced ski tourers and freeriders.

All chapter contents compactly summarized

1. avalanche basics & avalanche factors

Avalanche danger is one of the most complex topics in mountain sports and is often difficult to grasp. The first LAB SNOW chapter gives an overview of the basics of avalanche awareness. It explains what types of avalanches there are, what you need to know about snow slabs in particular, how the avalanche-forming factors interact and what the 3x3 filter method is all about.

2. basics of tour planning and & ski touring equipment

The second part of the LAB SNOW is about tour planning, the cornerstone for a safe tour. Here, among other things, it is explained what the avalanche situation report says in detail, how the five danger levels are to be classified and which avalanche problems there are. In addition, the GKMR method developed by the VDBS for avalanche assessment is presented. In addition, the chapter gives a compact overview of the necessary equipment on ski tours.

Group of people handling avalanche transceiver in snow
Man throwing avalanche probe

3. risk management in the terrain & snow profiles

Chapter 3 is all about responsible risk management in the backcountry. The following questions are clarified: How does an avalanche transceiver check work? What are the alarm signs? How are avalanche problems to be assessed in the field? And how should the GKMR method be applied on tour? In addition, this chapter deals comprehensively with the topic of snow profiles and provides information on what the view into the snowpack reveals.

4. companion assistance, first aid & professional rescue

Ideally, you should recognize and avoid avalanche-prone terrain from the outset. However, if an avalanche does occur, everyone involved must know exactly what to do and act quickly. Chapter 4 deals in detail with all aspects of avalanche rescue - from companion assistance including emergency call, avalanche transceiver search, probing and shoveling to first aid and professional mountain rescue.

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Avalanche safety from Ortovox