Safety notes for ski touring

Linda Eigner

Safety first! This motto applies to every ski tour - whether for a beginner or a professional. In order not only to get up the mountain safely, but also to get back down safely, there are a number of safety measures for outdoor sports. In the third blog article in our ski touring series, we have summarized the most important components of the emergency equipment for you. Are you in the process of planning your first ski tour? Then have a look at our other blog articles on preparation and equipment.

Mandatory for every ski tour: weather and avalanche situation report

Before you start the tour you should definitely check the weather and avalanche report (LLB) for the region. Even if the weather forecast has predicted sunshine, a change in the weather can occur at short notice. Strong wind, poor visibility and snowfall increase the risk of accidents and endanger ski tour adventurers. The LLB is published daily. The respective avalanche warning level can be read from this: avalanche warning level 1 (low risk) and avalanche warning level 5 (high risk).

How can I prepare for an emergency?

An essential part of every ski tour is the emergency equipment. This should not only be carried with you. Above all, it is also important to be able to handle the security applications. An avalanche course or workshop in advance is definitely recommended.

Avalanche transceiver (LVS device)

The avalanche transceiver is a transmitting and receiving device which, in an emergency, uses the receiving function to find the buried person. The avalanche transceiver should be carried in a closable pocket in clothing directly on the body. Otherwise, the device can be torn away by an avalanche in an emergency.

Avalanche Shovel

The avalanche shovel is also part of the protective equipment. A buried person can be dug up with the help of the shovel. Nowadays, many ski touring backpacks have an extra space for the shovel. It is therefore very easy to take it with you on ski tours.

Avalanche Probe

The probe is part of the standard equipment along with the avalanche transceiver and the avalanche shovel. It is a mechanical aid that helps in the search for buried people. By pulling the cord, the probe can be up to 4 meters long and is indispensable for locating people buried under snow.

Skitouring protective equipment: What else is important?

To be really on the safe side and to be well prepared for emergencies, the following safety equipment is also recommended: A first aid kit, a bivy sack (windproof and waterproof sack for overnight stays outdoors) and a backpack with an airbag system.
Further important information about ski touring and the safety levels can be found at the Austrian Alpine Club on this side.  

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Photo: Hanna Hofer


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