While the valley is still waiting for winter to arrive, the mountain peaks are showing their majestic side. Even a glimpse gets your pulse racing, your breathing rate up and your leg muscles burning. You can hardly wait to follow a narrow track up to the top and then make your way back into the valley over untouched slopes.
With the right functional clothing and the perfect equipment, winter in the mountains can be a real joy. But it’s important to never lose sight of the dangers!
The following 6 tips from Skinfit Racing SKIMO Team athlete Elias Hagspiel will help you keep safe from avalanches.
Even when conditions on the mountain seem safe, it is mandatory to take avalanche equipment.
- Alarm (at least 60% charged)
- Survival blanket
While your probe, shovel and survival blanket can be stored in a rucksack, the alarm should always be kept on your body under at least one layer of clothing.
As well as equipment, the right functional clothing offers protection in the mountains.
Elias recommends taking
- a second headband or hat that can be worn under your helmet
- a second pair of gloves
- a shell jacket and shell gloves for the descent
- supplies, energy bars for emergencies
- and a first aid kit
with you. As well as the avalanche equipment recommended in tip #2.