I run a one day avalanche awareness course through out the winter season. This assessment and awareness day is briefly incorporated in all our winter skills courses, in this course we go into more depth on the subject. This may be a brush up or even a totally new subject for some winter hill goers and climbers. It is vital knowledge and something every winter enthusiast should be armed with when going out on the hills be it walkers, climbers, off piste skiers or snow borders.
Adventurous activities in the winter mountains do have their dangers. However the risk can be significantly minimised by making the right decisions regarding which terrain is safe or unstable and dangerous.
Joining onto one of my avalanche awareness courses I will teach you how to use the available equipment, axe, probe and snow shovel effectively and how you can test snow conditions including digging snow pits to analyse the snowpack. More importantly how to translate the daily avalanche reports to the route you will be taking in the hills. Interpreting the weather and the effect it will have on your objective and making your own assessment on snow terrain.