Pupils are often less aware of risks. However, it’s not just off the pistes where danger lurks – even near to the slopes, the chances of an avalanche or a breaking snow slab are often underestimated. For four years now, the Hochfügen ski lifts and the Snowhow initiative have been running special avalanche training courses for schools. The aim of these courses is not to detract from the joy of fresh powder, but to ensure that pupils are prepared for emergency situations. The Snowhow avalanche training courses in Hochfügen are free for pupils.
The Snowhow project, run by the Association for the Promotion of Training and Sport, offers a practical approach to raising awareness in winter sports and is an important element of the existing freeriding course offered at Hochfügen, educating freeriders of all ages and ability levels in the risks and dangers.
At the avalanche training course in Hochfügen, pupils are taught by state certified mountain and ski guides. They learn what to look out for in the off-piste area in addition to risk-reducing behaviour and how to use avalanche search devices, probes and shovels in an emergency in Hochfügen’s “avalanche transceiver training search field presented by BMW”.
Schools participating in the avalanche training days
- 8 December 2015 Anne-Frank vocational college from Münster, Germany
- 9 March 2015 PORG Volders, Tirol
- 16 March 2015 Zillertal Tourism School
For more information, visit www.schullawinenkurse.at