Who should take this course?

Are you a snow sports enthusiast and an occasional backcountry practitioner? Have you always wanted to know what skills are needed to stay safe in the mountains? Become familiar with basic avalanche risk management and join the ISTA community.

What will you learn?

The DISCOVERY course is a one-day initiation to the ISTA program. You will learn about the ISTA philosophy and discover basic backcountry risk prevention. You will also be introduced to the scope of skills required to stay safe in the mountains. The main goal is to inspire you to continue learning.

At the end of the course, you will be able to follow the entire risk assessment process with the help of your manual.

The course structure is based on a typical day in the mountains. From the first contact with the group to the debrief at the end of the day, you will easily be able to follow every step of the scenario as it unfolds.
The entire day is fun combination of theory and practical workshops:
The course starts with a breakdown of the ISTA method, the individual and the environment, and resulting risk factors.
Risk assessment, identification and travel on safe terrain are covered in the afternoon.
At the end of the day, you will learn how to manage a crisis situation and search for avalanche burial victims.

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