LVS Training Diavolezza
On November 4 and 5 of 2016 Moritz Wälde and I organized an avalanche training weekend at
Diavolezza in eastern Switzerland, with the goal of providing a refresher to avalanche rescue
and prevention skill. The plan was to conduct a beacon (LVS) training on Saturday afternoon
and organize some talks in the evening about prevention techniques, and finally to enjoy a nice
tour or some skiing on Sunday.
Upon arriving at the base, we found that much of the available area for skiing was closed for
race training, thus the group passed on the gondola ride to Diavolezza and skinned up to the
slopes. While disappointed in the lack of skiing options, I believe this trek uphill woke-up both
the mind and the legs for the season to come.
Later in the afternoon, we began out LVS training, splitting in to two groups. Despite the
variable depth of snow (including some very shallow areas), groups were able to bury beacons
and retrieved them, usually in teams of three. During this time, we also discussed the finer
points of a course, initial search, as well as techniques to make the close-range search fast and
efficient. Given the large range of experience of the participants, it served as an excellent
opportunity to share different techniques and expose some to the basics of LVS rescue.
Upon completion of the training we retreated to Diavollezza, where we talked a bit more about
avalanches, enjoyed some live music and a tasty dinner. The following Sunday, several enjoyed
a climb on a nearby peak, while others continued to freshen up the legs with some skiing on the
available runs...And with that ski season 2016-2017 had started!
So here is to a long, snowy and, most of all, safe winter with loads of good laughs and excellent