Our avalanche courses follow the American Avalanche Association guidelines.  Why?  The North Americans are far in advance of us Europeans in terms of avalanche education.  Their syllabus is tried and tested and gives you the knowledge, tools and systems to enhance your safety, decision making and enjoyment in the mountains.

American Avalanche Association (A3) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to professional excellence in avalanche safety, education and research in the United States.  We bring this expertise to you in Europe.

"...succinct and easy to digest way, always making sure that everyone has a good grasp of what is being explained. He is patient, open to any questions and happy to spend extra time to reinforce learning.'ll come away feeling much more confident about mountain travel and targets for further learning."

Scott Cornish

"It’s good to have a bit of a better idea what skiing in off piste areas means. It’s clear that Iain is doing this out of his passion for the mountains, and the idea that we should enjoy and respect them equally. Covered quite a bit in only a day, and would be keen to return for another session."

Hannah Winter

Frenetic digging
Dig, dig, dig.
Rescue practice review
American Avalanche Association
Digging demo
Group learning & practice



Exploring in the backcountry is much safer and much more fun when you have an understanding of avalanches and backcountry safety. Nobody wants to be a partner that can't be counted on during a rescue.

Spend a day on the snow with the pros to learn how to use your avalanche rescue gear. This clinic teaches you the skills needed to rescue a buried avalanche victim.  The evening before will be on video conference covering Safe Travel 101 (and Terrain) along with Rescue technique theory ahead of the following day on the snow.

You learn search techniques and how to effectively use your rescue gear, how to communicate with a group and work together as a team. We’ll cover common mistakes made during rescues and what to do once a buried partner is uncovered.

Hands-on practice is key when it comes to learning these skills. This course will be spent entirely in the field practising with your rescue equipment and going through rescue scenarios. We will make sure that each student receives coaching on their technique and the opportunity to run through multiple scenarios.



This clinic is for skiers, snowboarders, ice climbers, hikers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, snowbikers, - anyone who goes into the backcountry in winter. This course can be an introduction for those who are new to the backcountry or serve as a refresher for those who do not regularly practise rescue skills and are looking to learn the most up to date rescue techniques.



For this course, you are required to provide your own avalanche rescue equipment. You’ll need a modern 457 kHz Digital 3-Antenna Transceiver, a collapsible probe 240 cm or longer, a solid collapsible metal shovel, and a backpack to carry your equipment. Make sure that you are familiar with how to assemble your probe and shovel, turn your transceiver on and off, and into search/send modes. We will be moving around on snow so please plan to bring your backcountry touring skis, split board, and skins for uphill travel.  This is an anaerobic activity so please bring plenty of fluid and fuel of your choice.

Course Goals

  • Be able to perform a full avalanche burial rescue in less than 10 minutes using proper, tried and tested techniques

  • Wear & operate an avalanche beacon.

  • Perform a mock companion recovery of a single and/or multiple burial search (dependent on personal experience level).

  • Understand the challenges involving multiple rescuers and learn basic group management & communication.

  • Understand how to continue to practice and improve rescue skills.


Course Objectives

  • Perform a signal search, coarse search, and fine search.

  • Properly demonstrate proper probing techniques.

  • Properly demonstrate strategic shovelling techniques.

  • Effectively communicate during a rescue with each other.



Contact us directly for a private group clinic message us here.


Other courses:


  • Avalanche Training, Terrain Management & Trip Planning (3 days) visit the web for details.

  • Backcountry & off-piste explore & learn (6 days) visit the web for details.

  • Introduction to Ski Touring (1 day) – COMING SOON for Winter 2021

  • Backcountry Travel / Ski Touring (2 or 3 day options) – COMING SOON for Winter 2021

Course Dates: 20/21

  • Safe Travel & Avalanche Rescue Clinic - 17th Jan 2021, 100€ pp
    Safe Travel & Avalanche Rescue Clinic - 17th Jan 2021, 100€ pp
    Sold Out
    17 janv. à 08:30 – 14:30
    IAMAdventure, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Chamonix, France
    18:00hr (1.5hr) following day 08:30 - 15:00 on snow. Exploring in the backcountry is much more fun when you have an understanding of avalanches and backcountry safety. Nobody wants to be a partner that can't be counted on during a rescue. Spend a day on the snow with the pros to learn.

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