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Does anyone know of an avalanche course here conducted in English? I am in Zurich but would travel widely to attend one.
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Hi,
Does anyone know of an avalanche course here conducted in English? I am in Zurich but would travel widely to attend one.
Mike
They are pretty much all in German, but most guides I have met speak at least some English. I think if you were to get a group of about 6 people together then it would be worth your while to organise a course in English.

You could try www.rockandpowder.ch I have done their Avalanche course before and I know they speak at least a little English but I did the course in German.
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Re: avalanche course in English, lawinenkurs

Thanks Eire. I can think of a couple people right now. Hopefully this thread will persist and maybe pull together such a group. if you are interested please send me a Private Message here on EF.

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Thanks Eire. I can think of a couple people right now. Hopefully this thread will persist and maybe pull together such a group. if you are interested please email me at michael.sherback <at> gmail. com with the extra whitespace removed.
I suggest you get people to contact you through PM or email through the forum rather then post your address here. The mods will probably remove it.

As for the avalanche course, I'm probably not going to do one this year, but instead spend a day practising with the Avalanche transceiver and stuff. I will probably do another course next year. I think a privately organised course is possibly the best way to do it though. The courses I have done were very good in terms of background and information as well as basic use to the transciever. I find they lack a practical aspect of how to deal with an emergency situation. They do not do staged incidents which I think are essential for the environment we are going into. It is one thing to look for a transceiver in a flat powder field but, I think practising a group or single person search with multiple burials on a sloped area where it becomes more difficult to move up the debris field are a good idea to gauge how it might really be if you need to use the transciever in a real emergency situation.
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Re: avalanche course in English, lawinenkurs

Hi Mike,


Check this out

http://www.bergsportschulen.ch/engli...ortschulen.htm
http://www.bergschule.ch/winter.htm


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Re: avalanche course in English, lawinenkurs

Hi,

If you are interested in learning about avalanches then check out this english site
http://www.henrysavalanchetalk.com/index.html

You can subscribe to the site for free and they will send you a weekly news letter with conditions, reports and so on. Whilst not for the Swiss part of the Alps is very good reading. They also aorganise English speaking Cources. Another site to check out is
www.BMC.co.uk

The BMC organise Alpine courses through out the Alps during the winter so you may want to conatct them.

Hiope this helps
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Re: avalanche course in English, lawinenkurs

Again thanks. The bergschule and BMC links are great.

Sorry about the email address. I "may not" edit my own posts so I will have to take the consequences. I also can't officially thank people as far as I can see. Noobhood.
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Re: avalanche course in English, lawinenkurs

small quibble: it's http://www.thebmc.co.uk/
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I suggest you get people to contact you through PM or email through the forum rather then post your address here. The mods will probably remove it.

As for the avalanche course, I'm probably not going to do one this year, but instead spend a day practising with the Avalanche transceiver and stuff. I will probably do another course next year. I think a privately organised course is possibly the best way to do it though. The courses I have done were very good in terms of background and information as well as basic use to the transciever. I find they lack a practical aspect of how to deal with an emergency situation. They do not do staged incidents which I think are essential for the environment we are going into. It is one thing to look for a transceiver in a flat powder field but, I think practising a group or single person search with multiple burials on a sloped area where it becomes more difficult to move up the debris field are a good idea to gauge how it might really be if you need to use the transciever in a real emergency situation.
We did some transceiver practice last year at Pischa - It was good to simulate the process with a timed test, plus the snow field was steep and full of deep snow, so getting around was tough too as I expect it would be in reality. Hopefully that's as close to the experience as I ever get!

I would also be interested in doing an avalanche course in English. I too was thinking of putting together a small group for this. I know a good instructor who speaks great English from what I've seen, so I could check his schedule once we have an idea of who might be interested...
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http://www.swissalpineguides.ch/english/courses.htm
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Does anyone know of an avalanche course here conducted in English? I am in Zurich but would travel widely to attend one.
Mike
The ski school in Leysin (long way from Zurich, though) has plenty of English speaking instructors who run avalanche training courses.
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The ski school in Leysin (long way from Zurich, though) has plenty of English speaking instructors who run avalanche training courses.
Normally its the Mountain Guides office that run Avalanche courses, ski/snowboard instructors are generally not qualified to take people out of bounds or teach avalanche courses. So unless the ski school employs qualified guides I'd be careful.
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