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Seminar Outline

An opportunity for all mountain enthusiasts, skiers, boarders, climbers, walkers, mountain guides, instructors, ski patrol, mountain rescue personnel and other professionals to address the challenges that avalanche hazard in Scotland presents. What snow conditions are we faced with ? How can we manage ourselves in mountain terrain ? How can we best understand the messages and information about avalanche hazard that we present or receive? What can we learn from others about ourselves and how we understand and interpret messages ? What solutions can we develop to best present the avalanche hazard message and avalanche hazard understanding for the Scottish mountains.

Over 120 persons from a brand spectrum of mountain users attended the seminar. This provided an opportunity to gain an understanding and comparison of snowpacks from different continents, how they differ and how the avalanche hazard is presented to the public from Switzerland, Scotland and Canada.

A workshop also took place which enabled discussion from attendees and experts and helped determine possibilities of presenting avalanche hazard to various user groups.

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A new online avalanche awareness training initiative has been launched by The Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS), with development support from member organisations Mountain Training Scotland and Glenmore Lodge. Aimed at individuals making critical decisions in the winter mountains, this free digital version of the ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ planning tool will enable hillwalkers, […]

Reports into 2013 Chalamain Gap Avalanche

Reports into 2013 Chalamain Gap Avalanche The following reports were produced by sportscotland following the 2013 avalanche incidents which involved sportscotland National Centre, Glenmore Lodge and the RAF Mountaineering Association (RAFMA).  The first and tragically fatal incident occurred in the Chalamain Gap on 14th February 2013, involving both teams. The second avalanche occurred in Chais […]