Sunday, March 07, 2010
Big Kids Off Piste Safety Talk
I gave the inaugural "Big Kids Off- Piste Safety Talk" last night at the Church Hall in Chamonix to a lot of children and their parents and it seemed that it was a great success judging by the amount of questions I was asked.
The idea of this talk came from concerned parents who's children are good skiers and are more than capable of skiing off -piste. The problem is that A they won't listen to their parents and B although they are good skiers they think that is a giant Disney Land where nothing can go wrong.
The aim was not to tell them not to do it[ because they won't listen] instead my aim was to at least give them a rough understanding of what they are getting into. [Most people who have accidents do not realise it was dangerous]
The talk covered the piste signs and what they mean. Why for example skiing down a closed piste is never a good idea.
The flags which indicate the risk.
What Pisteurs do to make the resort safe and how they do this looking at Catex & Gasex. and helicopter bombing
How avalanches are formed. Most skier avalanches are triggered by their victims
How to read the signs that nature provides. Avalanche conditions need not only snow but wind. Reading where the wind has come from is critical to understanding the risk.
Obligatory Equipment for skiing off piste.
Safe skiing practice [ How to ski a slope to minimise the risk]
What to do if it all goes wrong [ie how to conduct an avalanche search]