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Introduction to Safety and Avalanches (SMT1)

Avalanche course for beginners on dangers, risks, safety and rescue; SMT Winter 1 module


Jura, Alps




1 day



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Col du Pillon

2 Mar 2024

Alpes vaudoises


Col du Pillon

Avalanche course for beginners: learn to use your safety equipment, how to behave in winter terrain even if it is marked, and plan your route while managing your risks.

You will follow the "Winter 1: Safety & Avalanches" module of the Swiss Mountain Training certification, with an introduction to the fundamentals of winter mountain risk management. This is a 1 day course for beginners in avalanche safety.

Objectives of the SMT 1 Module

  • Know your equipment

  • Understand the avalanche bulletin

  • Understand how to wear and operate your avalanche transceiver

  • Be aware of the main winter hazards (avalanches, cold, weather hazards, ledges, disorientation, falls...)

  • Have been introduced to the 3x3

  • Understand the 4 typical avalanche situations and be able to answer the question: "What is the main danger today?

  • Have understood the general risk reduction measures

  • Be able to perform a simple rescue


  • Start as indicated at the meeting point

  • Checking of equipment and introduction to the avalanche transceiver

  • Theoretical introduction, 3x3, bulletin reading 

  • Observation of the conditions on site

  • Choice of route and departure for a hike with orientation exercises, search and rescue in the terrain

  • End around 16.30 hrs

Gear list

  • Rucksack (possibly Airbag) min 25 litres, charged telephone

  • Warm and breathable hiking clothes to handle the physical effort in winter weather; at least : 

  •     1st technical layer, e.g. wool (avoid cotton), also for legs

  •     2nd warm layer such as a fleece jacket, plus a down jacket Gore-tex hiking trousers and jacket

  •     Sunglasses / mask, sun cream, hat, one pair of gloves + one spare

  • Complete equipment for snowshoeing, with mountain hiking boots (high)

  • Avalanche transceiver (3 antennas + marking function), probe, shovel

  • Paper - pencil 

  • Depending on the day's programme, small snack and hot drink (thermos). 

  • Min 1 litre, max 2 litres of water

  • Personal belongings and medication


Private groups

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Public outings

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CHF 150 pp.

Min 4, max 8 p.

SMT 1 certificate issued on request, supplement CHF 25.00

Contact us for transfers by 6-passenger VIP minibus.

The course is confirmed as soon as the minimum number of participants is reached, and can be postponed in case of bad conditions.

Payment on site at the end of the course. 100% of the fees are due in case of cancellation 10 days before the start of the course, and 50% for 30 days

Services included

  • SMT 1 course and supervision by a mountain leader with federal diploma / SMT expert

  • Documentation published by the SLF and ASGM concerning avalanche danger and prevention and accident management, Graphic Reduction Method (GRM) map

  •  Safety equipment, snowshoes, sledges (if necessary) and poles according to available stock, contact us

Not included

  • Transport or lifts (if necessary)

  • Rental of equipment not in stock (sledges, avalanche transceivers, snowshoes etc.)

  • Picnic and drinks to take with you

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