Avalanche survival rates plummet after about 15 minutes for victims who do not die from trauma. 


Saving your partner is up to you! Practicing realistic scenarios beforehand is essential.

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If your partner is caught in an avalanche: 

  • Remember the point last seen 
  • Assign a leader
  • Assess the risk of triggering another avalanche
  • Call for help
  • Transceiver(s) to search mode
  • Conduct a search
  • Perform 1st aid

Common mistakes: 

  • No leader
  • Inadequate initial visual search
  • Transceiver(s) not in search mode
  • No experience with rescue scenarios / transceiver use / pinpointing technique / shoveling strategy. Practice!

Take a class! Course providers can be found at http://avalanche.org/education.php


Transceiver Search Strategies

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