How to choose the right Avalanche-Safety Equipment

An Avalanche Safety Equipment is necessary for touring outside of secured ski resorts. There is a big difference between all the various types of avalanche safety equipment. You’ll have the standard safety gear, the advanced safety equipment and additionally the individual equipment. Below this article, you can find our ‘Checklist of necessary equipment for your next tour’.

 

    • The standard avalanche safety equipment
      • Avalanche beacon
      • Avalanche shovel
      • Avalanche probes
    • Advanced safety gear
    • Additional individual equipment
      • The avalanche airbag
      • Various avalanche airbags systems
      • The right backpack sizes
      • Good to know
    • Checklist: avalanche safety equipment

 

Please note, that even the most premium equipment and the newest technologies can be useless, in case you do NOT have a proper Avalanche Safety Training as well as prepared Risk Management, and if you did not practice appropriate processes during a possible avalanche accident. 

 

THE STANDARD AVALANCHE SAFETY EQUPIMENT


The standard avalanche safety gear contains a tracker beacon (transceiver), an avalanche probe and a shovel. These tools are basically a norm for touring and each member of your tour is naturally expected to have the complete kit. The standard avalanche safety gear makes it possible to help people during an avalanche accident.

This gear offers the possibility to find and rescue people that have been buried under an avalanche.

 
 

Avalanche Beacon

Most of the manufacturers offer a variety of top high-end models and affordable basic models. The top-models offer special functions like the search for multiple burials in restricted areas. This can be very helpful for locating multiple victims. Only the most experienced users can take advantage of such functions.

Beacons (as well called transceiver) with more than three antennas are considered to have an advantage when it comes to speed, clarity, and accuracy of received or sent signals, over beacons with only two or one antennas. The basic models are much easier to work with and are recommended for any normal winter sportsman/sportswoman.