Concentrated avalanche knowledge for winter sports enthusiasts

Winter is approaching and with it the first tours in the snow. How does good tour planning work? How can the risk of avalanches be minimized and what should be done if something does happen? Answers to these questions can be found in the Alpine Club's avalanche update.

The Alpine Club offers ski tourers, freeriders and other winter sports enthusiasts a good opportunity to prepare for the season in good time. Among other things, he will be touring Austria with the avalanche update from November 23rd, and there will be a free live stream on December 13th. The series of lectures is intended to give both beginners and advanced skiers a good start to the touring winter.

The Austrian Alpine Club's avalanche update offers a good opportunity to refresh your knowledge before the start of the season. Photo: Alpine Club/Monika Melcher
The Austrian Alpine Club's avalanche update offers a good opportunity to refresh your knowledge before the start of the season. Photo: Alpine Club / Monika Melcher

The Alpine Club's successful lecture tour will once again provide valuable tips for getting started in the touring winter in 2023/24. In two and a half exciting hours, avalanche expert Michael Larcher examines selected avalanche events from last winter and helps the audience sharpen their awareness of the danger patterns and internalize basic safety precautions.

It also explains what internet technology can contribute to safety on ski tours - for example the apps Alpenvereinaktiv and Skitourenguru. The second part of the lecture offers a lot of practical knowledge for ski tourers: How does the emergency equipment work, how does the avalanche transceiver check work, how do you efficiently search for buried people and where can you find the right courses to practice in the event of an avalanche?

Well equipped for the touring winter

Ski and snowshoe tours offer a sporty nature experience with addictive potential. It's not surprising that more and more people are getting excited about it. But you should never ignore the risks.

Michael Larcher

“It is therefore very important to us at the Alpine Club to convey the basics of safe tour planning and to train athletes in the correct use of emergency equipment,” explains Michael Larcher, mountain guide, head of the mountain sports department at the Alpine Club and speaker at the avalanche update.

Michael Larcher at the avalanche update (Photo- Simon Schöpf:Alpenverein)
Michael Larcher at the avalanche update. Photo: Simon Schöpf / Alpine Club

There are also methods when planning tours and making decisions in the terrain that help minimize the risk of an avalanche accident.

Michael Larcher

Larcher appeals to all tourers to take a close look at their equipment before their first tour: “This doesn’t just mean taking the skis to the service and packing emergency equipment in your backpack, but also practicing intensively in advance in order to be safe in an emergency to be able to deal with it."

Avalanche update

Avalanche update

The “Avalanche Update” with Michael Larcher will tour through Austria from November 23.11.2023rd, 31.1.2024 to January XNUMXst, XNUMX.
One of the 20 lectures will also be broadcast via live stream: the avalanche update from Innsbruck
is on December 13.12.2023th, 19 from XNUMX p.m. for anyone interested via the Alpine Club's YouTube channel
available. All details are available here www.alpenverein.at/lawinenupdate.

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Credits: Cover photo Alpenverein/Ralf Hochhauser, text: Alpine Club Austria

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