Something close to our hearts: Your safety

Avalanche courses

Today, there seems to be a course for literally everything. The offers are endless, and some of them arguably useless. If there is one course we can truly recommend for Alpinists and everybody doing winter sports, then it's the avalanche course. Understanding avalanches and snow, and knowing what to do in case of an emergency, cannot only save your own life, but also the lives of others.

Why avalanches exist

Snow is a little wonder in itself, with a highly complex architecture. Snow crystals form when temperatures drop below -12°C. They form around a nucleus, such as a dust particle. When a snowflake is born, it measures about one tenth of a millimetre. Falling from the sky, the crystal grows into a real snowflake. As far as we know, there are no identical snowflakes. Each flake is individual, and each beautiful in its own way, especially on closer examination. Unfortunately, this beauty is extremely fugacious. Its biggest enemy is not time, but warmth. Temperatures above the melting point cause it to vanish forever.

Systematic chaos

Snow is chaotic. Sometimes, different layers of snow end up on top of each other. If these layers are incompatible and do not bond, and pressure is applied to the top layer, then the top layer can slide off the underlying one. This happens only on sloping surfaces with enough declination. Such a snow slide in steep terrain we call an avalanche. Judging the snow conditions on a slope correctly is difficult and requires knowledge and experience. Even with that, some risk remains because the snowpack's build-up can change every few metres.

Snow - a complex beauty

Our avalanche course seeks to teach you the essentials about winter, snow, the architecture of the snow blanket, the interpretation of snow conditions and the methods of judging them.

Snow is a complex beauty. Our course, a mix of theoretical and practical approaches, looks at meteorology, avalanche warning and correct ascending on ski and snowshoe tours. There is always some danger involved. What can you do in case of an emergency? How is an avalanche transceiver used? How to make an emergency call?  Which first-aid measures need to be taken once a person has been pulled from the snow?

Quite understandably, these aren't our favourite topics. Yet, this knowledge will keep us safe when enjoying winter sports, so we should never underestimate the importance of these courses, this knowledge, and the skills acquired.

Send your request now.

Thank you very much. I will get in touch as soon as possibile.
Please fill in all obligatory fields.
Please check the highlighted fields.
Something went wrong. Your request could not be sent. Check your internet connection or try again later.


Günther Ausserhofer
Mountain guide
Dorfstrasse 29
I-39030 Luttach
Mobil: +39 347 4138336

Logo Verband


I can be shared. You know where you want to go but lack the right partner for it? We can form a team or group. This is how it works:

Keine Termine vorhanden.