Mas­ter the moun­tain with Moun­tainSafe

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MOUN­TAINSAFE caters for the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple ven­tur­ing into the back­coun­try.

Moun­tainSafe of­fers snow safety and back­coun­try aware­ness pro­grams to en­sure skiers and snow­board­ers ride safe and have fun in off piste ter­rain.

De­liv­ered in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ski pa­trol and some of the world’s best win­ter sport ath­letes, the 3.5 hour ses­sion will in­clude in-class and on­snow train­ing.

The ses­sion will cover:

45min class­room type pre­sen­ta­tion cov­er­ing pre­ride prep;

Snow­pack as­sess­ment and de­ci­sion mak­ing;

Safe move­ment and rid­ing in avalanche ar­eas;

Hands-on, on-snow avalanche trans­ceiver, shovel and probe train­ing;

Freeride first aid in case some­thing goes wrong. Who is it for? Moun­tainSafe is for any­one who is in­ter­ested in fur­ther­ing their rid­ing by ven­tur­ing off piste within re­sort bound­aries, the side coun­try and back­coun­try.

Whether it is in the Aus­tralian alpine en­vi­ron­ment or overseas, the mes­sage is sim­ple: if you don’t know, don’t go.

Make sure you’re pre­pared this win­ter.

Moun­tainSafe ses­sions will be held through­out the 2017 sea­son at Mt Buller Alpine Re­sort, with a pi­lot ses­sion to be held at Thredbo Re­sort.

Each ses­sion will run for 3.5 hours start­ing at 9am.

The first ses­sion this year is Sun­day, July 9.

Cus­tom ses­sions can be or­gan­ised on re­quest with a min­i­mum of four par­tic­i­pants re­quired to run a ses­sion. Moun­tainSafe will pro­vide an avalanche bea­con, shovel and probe to use on the day of the course - you will need: ski or snow­board gear; a valid re­sort lift ticket.

The cost of the ses­sion is $195 per per­son (this cost does not in­clude the cost of your lift ticket).

Ev­ery Moun­tainSafe ses­sion helps fund lo­cal com­mu­nity and alpine en­vi­ron­ment ini­tia­tives to care for our en­vi­ron­ment and each other.

In­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants can sign up at www.moun­tainsafe.org.

Leg­endary big moun­tain snow­boarder, Pro­tect Our Win­ters founder and Moun­tainSafe am­bas­sador Jeremy Jones will visit Mt Buller on July 21-24 to present his lat­est movie at the Mt Buller Cin­ema and en­gage in a Q&A on the evening with the pub­lic.

He will also be at­tend­ing sim­i­lar events in Thredbo.

With a con­stant stream of freeride con­tent at our fin­ger­tips, the in­spi­ra­tion to ex­plore and push our­selves has never been stronger.

We seek the un­tracked and an op­por­tu­nity to push the bound­aries, but with this comes re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘Don’t know, don’t go’ is a say­ing we live by and Moun­tainSafe founder Tony Har­ring­ton knows it all too well.

Hav­ing worked along­side some of the world’s best big moun­tain and freeride skiers and board­ers, Tony is acutely aware of the need to mon­i­tor the chang­ing land­scape.

While trav­el­ling and work­ing abroad, Tony no­ticed an in­crease in the num­ber of Aus­tralians search­ing out steeper and deeper ter­rain and of­ten with lit­tle un­der­stand­ing of the haz­ards that rid­ing big ter­rain can in­cur.

The pro­gram has been de­vel­oped with the in­put and sup­port of world class ath­letes and guides, Te­ton Grav­ity Re­search, leg­endary big moun­tain snow­boarder Jeremy Jones and Ski Pa­trol.

Cou­pled with the launch of BULLER X (Mt Buller based freeride ski and snow­board com­pe­ti­tion), the tim­ing is per­fect to launch Moun­tainSafe.

The aim of Moun­tainSafe is sim­ple: to arm you with the skills and tools needed to stay safe in the side or back­coun­try of re­sorts in Aus­tralia and overseas.

The half-day ses­sion will cover the es­sen­tial top­ics such as: snow pack as­sess­ment and de­ci­sion mak­ing, probe and shovel use, ter­rain aware­ness, use of avalanche trans­ceiver, com­pan­ion res­cue and ba­sic first aid.

The Moun­tainSafe pro­gram will be of­fered at Mt Buller this win­ter and there is great in­ter­est in tak­ing it to other re­sorts, so stay tuned for up­dates.

For more info or to sign up, visit moun­tainsafe.org or fol­low us on Face­book Moun­tainSafe or In­sta­gram - Moun­tainSafe.

Stay safe out there and re­mem­ber, “If you don’t know, don’t go”.

GET­TING YOUR BEAR­INGS: Moun­tainSafe is for any­one who is in­ter­ested in fur­ther­ing their rid­ing by ven­tur­ing off piste within re­sort bound­aries, the side coun­try and back­coun­try.

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