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The Snow & Safety Conference is coming to Zürs am Arlberg for the seventh time. Internationally renowned experts and local guides from ski and mountaineering schools will be imparting specialist knowledge and demonstrating the latest standards in the areas of hazard identification and assessment, search for buried persons and meteorology. Of course there will also be numerous exhibitors on site, whose products can be extensively tested and evaluated.

The seventh Snow and Safety Conference will take place from 30.11.2018 - 01.12.2018 at the Robsinon Club Alpenrose Zürs in Zürs am Arlberg.

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Program Friday 30.11.2018

EXPO in the event hall | 08:30 - 19:00
Sponsors and partners present their offers.

Equipment Test | 08:30 - 15:30
Ski: Kästle, DPS
Safety Equipment: Pieps (Pieps Micro, Pieps Probe iprobe II 220, Pieps Shovel C-660, Pieps Jetforce), Recco Reflectors, ABS Backpacks

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Snow & Safety Coaching | 09:00 - 15:30
At the beginning of the winter season, state-certified mountain and ski guides will coach you in the following aspects of safety:

Avalanche management Report alpine weather
Terrain Forms Group Dynamics
Situation analysis Search for avalanche victims


! Especially in difficult snow conditions it is very important to train and master these aspects - so be there!

Bring your own snowboard: Snowboard or ski equipment, helmet, rucksack, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
Cost: 60 € / person, excluding ski pass

Lorraine HuberFreeride World Champion 2017 and certified ski guide

The Snow and Safety Conference offers something for everyone, from off-piste beginners to experienced and trained skiers and snowboarders.

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Freeride Touring | 09:00 - 15:30
Light skis become wider, pin bindings safer and a boot that can do everything. Everybody is talking about Freeride Touring. The former Freeride World Tour rider Björn Heregger has been swearing by a set-up that can do everything for years. Björn takes you on tour with him. In addition to tech talk, the day will also be filled with avalanche themes, adapted behaviour in the terrain and freeride tactics for ascent and descent.

On request the participants have the possibility to test the newest material of the company DPS.

To be brought along: Ski equipment suitable for ascent, helmet, backpack, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Participation requirements: Safe control of the skiing technique in the terrain with powder snow and changing snow conditions, appropriate physical condition for ascents (approx. 1h)

Cost: 60 € / person, excluding ski pass

Snow cover stability test | 09:00 - 13:00

In this workshop we will learn how to perform snow cover stability tests for avalanche forecasting and what conclusions they have regarding the stability and instability of the snow cover:

Introduction to the methodology of the different tests
Carrying out the tests in the freeride area
Interpretation of the results & discussion of their significance with regard to the expected avalanche activity

Robert MayerHead of Training German Alpine Association

A great event that offers a great introduction to the topic of freeriding and safety. The ski resorts have the task to promote the knowledge in the freeride scene.

Safety Training | 09:00 - 11:00
Basic knowledge and skills in search for avalanche victims with avalanche transceiver and probe:

LVS device check (reception and transmission control)
Functionality of the LVS device
Handling the probe Coarse search, fine search and pinpointing

Safety Training | 09:00 - 11:00
Basic knowledge and skills in search for avalanche victims with avalanche transceiver and probe:

LVS device check (reception and transmission control) How the avalanche transceiver works
Handling the probe Coarse search, fine search and pinpointing

Emergency avalanche scenario with multiple burials | 11:30 - 13:00
The simulation of an avalanche emergency offers the opportunity to test one's own knowledge and skills in the use of emergency equipment. The sequence of the rescue is simulated with multiple burials in combination with organized rescue up to shovel strategies and first aid for avalanche victims.

Lectures | 17:00 - 19:00

  • Christoph Mitterer "Gleitschneelawinenwinter: Attack of the fish mouths?" (30 min.)
  • Stephan Harvey "Deciding in the single slope - Answers to the important questions combined correctly". (45 min.)
  • Rudi Mair & Patrick Nairz "Lawine.report: A cross-border avalanche forecast for the European region Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino" (30 min.)
  • Moderation: Bernd Krainbucher

"Welcome Drinks & Get-together" powered by ABS | from 19:00
After the discussions: Get-together & Welcome Drinks in a cosy atmosphere.

Programm Samstag 01.12.2018

EXPO in the event hall | 08:30 - 19:00
Sponsors and partners present their offers.

Equipment Test | 08:30 - 15:30
Ski: Kästle, DPS 
Safety Equipment: Pieps (Pieps Micro, Pieps Probe iprobe II 220, Pieps Shovel C-660, Pieps Jetforce), Recco Reflectors, ABS Backpacks

Freeride & Safety Coaching | 09:00 - 15:30
Professionals of the freeride scenes, world champion Lorraine Huber, Nadine Wallner and Stefan Häusl, coach you:

the selection of your line on the mountain
the playful & safe handling in the terrain
risk minimization

In difficult snow conditions it is important to master these aspects!

Participation requirements:
Safe mastery of the skiing technique in the terrain with powder snow and changing snow conditions

Bring your own snowboard:
Snowboard or ski equipment, helmet, rucksack, avalanche beacon, shovel and probe

Cost: 60 € / person, excluding ski pass

Freeride & Safety Coaching for Teenagers | 09:00 - 15:30
Train your freeride & safety skills with the Pro´s of the scene. Let them show you how to choose lines on the mountain, use the terrain playfully and minimize the risk.

It is extremely important to train these things in difficult snow conditions in order to be optimally prepared for the winter!

Participation requirements:
Age from 14 to 18 years; confident control of the skiing technique in the terrain with powder snow and changing snow conditions.

Bring your own snowboard:
Snowboard or ski equipment, helmet, rucksack, avalanche beacon, shovel and probe

Helicopter Rescue am Arlberg (powered by Mons Royale) | 09:00 - 15:30

The Pilot: Winter Operations - Landing - Instruction - Dusting - Limits & Safety
The emergency doctor: medical equipment & avalanche supply
The flight saver: avalanche rescue equipment & mountain possibilities (baptismal flight)
Christening flight: Training of a Christening flight by the crew Gallus 3. Experience a deafness - a unique chance!
Cost: 60 € / person

Safety Training | 11:30 - 13:30
Basic knowledge and skills in search for avalanche victims with avalanche transceiver and probe:

LVS device check (reception and transmission control)
How the avalanche transceiver works
Handling the probe
Coarse search, fine search and pinpointing

Avalanche emergency scenario with multiple burial | 14:00 - 15:30
The simulation of an avalanche emergency offers the opportunity to test one's own knowledge and skills in the use of emergency equipment. The sequence of the rescue is simulated with multiple burials in combination with organized rescue up to shovel strategies and first aid for avalanche victims.

Lectures | 17:00 - 19:00

  • Lukas Ruetz "Practical Nivology - What to know about Snow & Avalanches" (35 min.)
  • Geraldine Carnival "Risk Management during adventure" (45 min.)

Wins great prizes from our partners
Every Friday & Saturday we raffle off great prizes from our partners (such as an avalanche transceiver etc.) among all participants of the outdoor program.

ReferentInnen Snow & Safety Conference 2018

Christoph Mitterer
Christoph Mitterer has been involved in the theory and practice of snow and avalanches for 10 years. His passion starts as a member of the Avalanche Commission in Ammertal and deepens later as a PhD student and research assistant at the SLF in Davos, the LWD Bayern and the University of Innsbruck. Christoph is currently coordinating the Interreg project ALBINA at the Tyrolean Avalanche Warning Service.

Patrick Nairz
Born 1970 in Innsbruck, studied torrent and avalanche control in Vienna and Vancouver. In 1995 he completed his training as a state-certified ski touring instructor and in 1998 as a mountain rescuer. Since 1999 he has been deputy head of the Tyrol Avalanche Warning Service. Between 2009 and 2013 he chaired the European Avalanche Warning Service working group.

Rudi Mair
Born 1961 in Innsbruck, studied meteorology and glaciology in Innsbruck. After his studies he worked for two years at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research, most of it at a research station in Antarctica. Since 1999 he has been head of the Tyrol Avalanche Warning Service and since 2000 a sworn and court-certified expert for meteorology, avalanche science, avalanche accidents and avalanche protection. He has been teaching snow and avalanche science at the University since 2011.

Stephan Harvey
Geographer and mountain guide. Longtime employee at SLF with focus on avalanche formation, avalanche forecasting and avalanche prevention, member of the core training team avalanche prevention snow sports (KAT), avalanche trainer and expert in avalanche accidents. Author and responsible for the avalanche prevention platform whiterisk.ch, as well as various avalanche training materials.

Lukas Ruetz
Known for his ski tours off the beaten track - stream Lukas Ruetz is intensively engaged in applied avalanche research and regularly works it out in the winter column "Schneegestöber". His background: mountain rescuer, member of the avalanche commission, freelancer of the LWD Tyrol and above all: already at the beginning of 20 over 1.000 days of ski touring from all months of the year. In the meantime he has become a well-known link between snow research and our daily practice in the field.

Geraldine Carnival
She is a snowboarder, freeride, base jumper and wingsuit pilot. The Swiss Géraldine Fasnacht is a pioneer on a high level. Her passion? Opening new international summits, leaving your own mark.... in the snow and in the sky, in her life and in the sporting challenges she faces.

RetrospectiveSnow and Safety Conference 2017

The Snow and Safety Conference is the ideal start into the winter season in Lech Zürs am Arlberg. Look forward to the 7th Snow and Safety Conference at the beginning of the 2018 / 2019 winter season.

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Snow and Safety Conference 2017

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    Hermann Fercher Managing Director Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH

    The "Snow and Safety Conference" has been our mission for six years now to raise awareness for the responsible handling of deep snow. However, the topic has existed for much longer here at Arlberg, as freeriding is deeply rooted in our skiing culture.
    I am pleased that safety in the snow is a real concern for you and wish you many informative days with us at the Arlberg as well as a winter season 2018/19 which will certainly start very well with the SSC.

Changes in events and schedule possible
We will be happy to help you find suitable accommodation:

E-mail: info@lech-zuers.at
Phone: +43 5583 2161-0

We thank our sponsors and the local service providers for their support.

                  

                  

                    

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