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Avalanches - Unstoppable Forces - The Safety Academy Lab

Finally -- it's snowtime showtime! But before you start, take a look at ORTOVOX's avalanche trailer and get yourself well prepared! Get informed by Ortovox's experts and freeride-pros, and hear the stories of avalanche victims who almost lost their lives having fun in the powder. Avalanches develop unstoppable force, but -- with the right preparation -- they can already be avoided before you even set out. Click through the ORTOVOX SAFETY ACADEMY LAB series to learn more.

*The information displayed in these videos is not an alternative to an avalanche safety class - All of those who expose themsleves to avalanche terrain should have, at minimum, a Level 1 AAIRE Certification or equivalent.

Safety Lab Academy - The 10 Danger Pattern

Learn more about avalanches through the ten main danger patterns defined by the Tyrol Avalanche Warning Service.

Weather patterns occurring over the winter often repeat themselves. Rudi Mair and Patrick Nairz, both seasoned professionals at the Tyrol Avalanche Warning Service, recognized this phenomenon and derived ten consistently recurring avalanche danger patterns from it.

*The information displayed in these videos is not an alternative to an avalanche safety class - All of those who expose themsleves to avalanche terrain should have, at minimum, a Level 1 AAIRE Certification or equivalent.

Safety Academy Lab - Be Prepared

Before you throw the skis into the car, you should take the time to decide which tour is best for the current conditions. A few mouse clicks are part of the standard repertoire: Read all of the details in the avalanche bulletin, find out about the weather and snow conditions, and plan every step of the way using a topographic regional map.

*The information displayed in these videos is not an alternative to an avalanche safety class - All of those who expose themsleves to avalanche terrain should have, at minimum, a Level 1 AAIRE Certification or equivalent.

Safety Academy Lab - In The Field

The main thing once you head into the backcountry is to stay alert. You make regular checks to see how reality compares with the plan, watch for potentially dangerous areas, and you make no strategic errors. Always check snow stability before dropping in and never be afraid to turn back if the conditions are unfavorable.

*The information displayed in these videos is not an alternative to an avalanche safety class - All of those who expose themsleves to avalanche terrain should have, at minimum, a Level 1 AAIRE Certification or equivalent.

Safety Academy Lab - Avalanche Emergency

In an emergency, you have to get all the details right in order to increase the chances of a successful rescue. Who coordinates the rescue? How does a meander search work? Many ways to lose precious time. Make it a point to practice beacon searches with your team in safe zones to minimize response time in the event of a real-life scenario.

*The information displayed in these videos is not an alternative to an avalanche safety class - All of those who expose themsleves to avalanche terrain should have, at minimum, a Level 1 AAIRE Certification or equivalent.

Safety Academy Lab - Probing

A simple system and solid experience are important for locating buried parties quickly with the probe. Check out the probing tips shown in this video.

*The information displayed in these videos is not an alternative to an avalanche safety class - All of those who expose themsleves to avalanche terrain should have, at minimum, a Level 1 AAIRE Certification or equivalent.

Safety Academy Lab - Shoveling

Of the three disciplines of transceiver searching, probing, and shoveling, it's often shoveling that takes up the most time. For the average burial depth of 0.5m, a good 1.5 square meters of snow has to be moved. Leanr how to shovel efficiently using the right strategy as well as the clearing function.

*The information displayed in these videos is not an alternative to an avalanche safety class - All of those who expose themsleves to avalanche terrain should have, at minimum, a Level 1 AAIRE Certification or equivalent.
About Ortovox
Protection on the Mountain.

This is what ORTOVOX has stood for since 1980. The name has always represented dedicated mountaineers for whom a shared, safe experience on the mountain is paramount. This is also reflected in our products. Thanks to the unique people behind the brand, ORTOVOX has managed to surprise its customers time and again. Whether at the very beginning, with the first avalanche transceiver that transmitted on two frequencies, or with our continual passion for wool as a first choice in mountain clothing since 1988, or in recent years with the extraordinary ways that we have found success when it comes to material combinations, function, and design. Looking back to the beginnings, a great deal has happened at ORTOVOX. And yet we have never lost sight of our Alpine roots. There is one thing in particular that we have never forgotten: Friendship and mountains are what matter to us. As safety pioneers and wool experts, we offer high-quality, functional equipment for mountaineers, both in the sectors of hard goods and clothing. Both our emergency equipment and our mountainwear are characterized by their systemic nature and their high functionality. All elements can be combined with each other and provide the necessary protection and the desired comfort, either on their own or in combination. In winter 2014/15, our emphasis is on equipment for traditional backcountry tourers, but, just like in recent years, we’ve also got the ideal clothing and equipment for freeriders.