ANENA training: avalanche risk management (Savoie)

Duration : 1 day

France, Northern Alps

Level : intermediate

from 80 € / p. from 4 to 8 persons

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In partnership with the ANENA (National Association for the Study of Snow and Avalanches), I offer this training course with the objective of acquiring the basics of avalanche risk management in snowshoeing: practical snow conditions and safety in snowy terrain. It is for anyone who wants to evolve in a snowy environment, snowshoeing, ski touring or off-piste skiing.

This day takes place in Savoie, in the Beaufortain massif, at the top of the resort of Arêches-Beaufort*.

At the end of this training, you will be able to:

  • Analyze an Avalanche Risk Assessment Bulletin,
  • Identify unfavorable snow and weather conditions,
  • Observe and analyze the different surface conditions of the snow layers,
  • Read and interpret unfavorable terrain indicators,
  • Evaluate the stability of the snow using a simple tool (Nivotest),
  • Use simple strategies to progress in snowy terrain,
  • Communicate information and basic instructions with the group.


To take full advantage of this day, you must:

  • Have an autonomous practice of snowshoeing.
  • Have knowledge of rescue equipment (avalanche beacon, probe, shovel),
  • To be able to at least :
    • Use the basic functions of the avalanche beacon.
    • Carry and assemble your equipment.

For this day you can bring the following items:

  • Equipment:
    • Safety equipment (avalanche beacon, metal shovel, probe).
    • Snowshoes and poles.
  • Clothing and accessories:
    • Waterproof jacket.
    • Thermal layer (down jacket or fleece).
    • Adapted pants (type of ski touring, cross-country skiing, mountaineering).
    • Leggings if necessary.
    • A pair of warm gloves and a pair of light gloves.
    • Hat (and / or neck warmer).
    • Sunglasses.
    • Sun cream.
    • Notebook and pen for taking notes.
  • Drink / food :
    • 1 liter water bottle and / or thermos,
    • Picnic to take out of the bag.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information ("INFOS & BOOKING" button).

* In order to optimize the training time, we will take a hiker's pass to reach the top of the resort (pass to be purchased in the morning).


  • 9.30am: Meeting in Arêches-Beaufort, Le Planay (about 35 minutes drive from Albertville).
    Welcome and presentation of the day's objectives.
  • 9am - 10.30am: Ski lift in Arêches resort.
    • Theoretical basis of typical avalanche situations and slab mechanisms.
    • Analysis of the BERA (Avalanche Risk Assessment Bulletin) and human factors.
  • 10.30am - 12.30am: On the field.
    • Observation of the different surface conditions of the snow and interpretation of unfavorable terrain indications.
    • Evaluation of the stability of the snow using simple tools.
  • 12.30am - 1.30pm: Lunch.
  • 1.30pm - 2pm: Briefing of the morning.
  • 2pm - 4.30pm: On the field (hiking).
    • Definition of simple strategies for progression in snowy terrain and implementation of adequate tactics.
    • Analysis of surface conditions and estimation of slopes.
    • Human factors and decision support tools.
    • Communication of information and basic instructions with the group.
  • 4.30pm - 5pm: Debriefing of the day.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • The educational materials developed by ANENA.

The price does not include

  • Transport to the place of departure.
  • Personal drinks.
  • The "hiker" lift pass (7€).
  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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