- An ARVA (an avalanche transceiver) to find a possible victim buried under snow. Before you leave, check batteries of your ARVA and don’t forget to put the mode “transmission”.
- A probe to evaluate the depth which is located the victim.
It’s important to check the weather conditions, to know snowfall and the avalanche danger (1 to 5) before you go.Get to know the mountain and uncertainties are essential to practice freeride. Do not hesitate to ask a professional for reading the snow cover. Mountain is unpredictable and no one is immune to avalanche or accident.
When skiing off-piste, you must learn to understand risks.Look over the “playground” and evaluate the tensions and forces exerted on the snow cover to help you to find your line. Find where snow may flow.
If you find yourself in an avalanche, don’t try to resist or to move in the way of the avalanche. Try to move yourself toward the sides of the avalanche.
If someone is buried under the snow, you should identify the location where he disappeared (that’s why is so important to be with someone).
Call immediately the emergency and start the research with your ARVA.Please note: the chances of survival for a victim decreases in the first half-hour (it depends on burial depth). Chances of survival, depending on burial depth, are approximately 80% between 0 and 5 minutes, 50% between 15 and 30 minutes and less than 20% after 1 hour.
Many stations in France, offer for skiers awareness days on dangers of the mountains. Thanks to this, they can familiarize themselves with ARVA conducted by ski Patrol rescuer. These events take place in the training area called “Avalanche Park” or “Arva Park” which stretches over 1 hectare.DVA transmitters (carried by victims in reality) are buried on various depths and the participants have to find them thanks to ARVA and probe.