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jbob has kindly offered to maintain this thread which will enable links to avalanche bulletins and other useful resources to be easily found - no need for a transceiver Toofy Grin

Take it away and thanks Jim.......
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Avalanche bulletins


Austria (in German)

http://www.lawine.at/

Tirol in English
http://lawine.tirol.gv.at/en/
https://lawine.tirol.gv.at/en/bulletin/

Salzburg in English
http://www.lawine.salzburg.at/start.html?lang=en_UK

France

Mobile link to Météo-France.
http://www.meteo-france.mobi/home#!montagne_menu

Chamonix and Haute-Savoie and Savoie
http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/haute-savoie/


And here's the translation:
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&u=http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-
avalanches/vanoise/OPP10 ) thanks ailtis

Avalanche bulletins for:

Andorra: http://www.meteo.ad/neu.php?idioma=1 (which AFAICT is basically simply a translation of the bulletin provided by MeteoFrance at http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/andorre/OPP71

Aragonese (ie Central Spanish) Pyrenees: http://www.aemet.es/en/eltiempo/prediccion/montana?w=2&p=arn1 plus http://lameteoqueviene.blogspot.com.es/ (amateur blog, but very highly regarded)

French Pyrenees:
Pyrénées-Orientales: http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/pyrenees-orientales/avdept66
Ariège: http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/ariege/avdept09
Haute-Garonne: http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/haute-garonne/avdept31
Hautes-Pyrénées: http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/hautes-pyrenees/avdept65
Pyrénées-Atlantiques: http://www.meteofrance.com/previsions-meteo-montagne/bulletin-avalanches/pyrenees-atlantiques/avdept64


Italy clickable map (in Italian)

http://www.aineva.it/

Aosta in English now open for the season
http://appweb.regione.vda.it/dbweb/bollnivometeo/bollnivometeo.nsf/vista_i/$first?OpenDocument&L=_e&

New Zealand
http://www.avalanche.net.nz/

Scotland

Starts week end 13/12

http://www.sais.gov.uk/
http://www.sais.gov.uk/mobile/index.asp Mobile site

Spain

http://www.alurte.es/boletin.php In Spanish

http://www.igc.cat/web/en/allaus.php

In addition the specific local report for the val d'aran (Bequeira) is:

http://lauegi.conselharan.org/boletines/

Switzerland in English

http://www.slf.ch/index_EN

Canada

http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/latest

Iceland

http://en.vedur.is/#tab=snjoflod

Norway. In English

http://www.varsom.no/en/


USA

http://www.avalanche.org/ Clickable map

Colorado
https://avalanche.state.co.us/pub_bc.php?zone_id=-1


Henry's snow report.
http://www.henrysavalanchetalk.com/hat-piste-snow-report-27-november-3-december-2013



European and American avalanche danger scale

http://www.slf.ch/lawineninfo/zusatzinfos/lawinenskala-europa/index_EN

https://avalanche.state.co.us/pub/fx_danger_scale.php

Plus robrar links here. http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=69299
Please let me know of any broken links.


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Transceiver review site.

http://beaconreviews.com/transceivers/

Beacon reviews article on Airbags

http://beaconreviews.com/transceivers/Airbags.asp

Backcountry magazine transceiver review

http://www.backcountrymagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=857&Itemid=61

DAV (German Alpine Club) beacon test info.

http://www.alpenverein.de/chameleon/public/fe945370-fb32-1a5e-f140-49f11774961d/2-test-overview-2013_2014_23570.pdf

Info re transceiver batteries.
http://beaconreviews.com/transceivers/batteries.asp
http://www.simonabrahams.com/blog/2015/3/25/batteries-for-avalanche-beacons
http://www.mammutavalanchesafety.com/2016/12/batteries-for-pulse-barrvyox-element.html
Info about shovels

http://www.avalanche.ca/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia.aspx?DocID=5c956bbb-c147-4aed-a002-6b5c1fb66a0e&MediaID=86e068df-da99-4cc0-b686-c7364959c174&Filename=Manuel+Genswein+shovel+review.pdf

Canadian Avalanche Air Bag study

http://blog.oplopanax.ca/2012/11/canadian-avalanche-air-bag-study/
http://www.avalancheresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2012_Haegeli_CndAvBalloonPart1.pdf

Ortovov 3+ Recall. (Thanks Davidof)

http://www.ortovox.com/3737--recall_campaign_3plus.html

Snowpluse and Mammut airbag safety recall/inspection.

http://www.mammut.ch/airbags_aufruf_zur_kontrolle.html


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Avalanche awareness training.

http://www.henrysavalanchetalk.com/#

http://www.avalancheacademy.com/
Runs free talks weekly in Chamonix

http://www.avalanche.org/education.php

Munter 3x3 avalanche risk reduction method

http://www.monosar.org/safety_article_avalanche_risk_reduction_method.html
Thanks meh

UKC Article on avalanches well worth a look.
Part 1
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5178

Part 2
http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5179

Ortovov safety book download

http://www.ortovox.com/3167--ortovox_safety_academy.html

Evidence of heuristic traps in recreational avalanche accidents
Ian McCammon

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.112.9810&rep=rep1&type=pdf


Books

The Tony Daffen Book authoritative and technical.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Backcountry-Avalanche-Safety-Climbers-Snowshoers/dp/1897522541/ref=sr_1_12?tag=amz07b-21&ie=UTF8&qid=1353944724&sr=8-12

Bruce Trempers authoritative and practical book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Staying-Alive-Avalanche-Terrain-Ski-mountaineers/dp/1898573751/ref=sr_1_3?tag=amz07b-21&ie=UTF8&qid=1353944724&sr=8-3

A UK bias avalanche book.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Chance-Million-Scottish-Avalanches/dp/0907521592/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?tag=amz07b-21

Our very own Davidof's web site pistehors is a mine of great information.

http://pistehors.com/backcountry/wiki/Avalanches/Avalanches

Peter Cliffs navigation guide.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mountain-Navigation-Peter-Cliff/dp/1871890551/ref=pd_sim_b_4?tag=amz07b-21

BCA's iPhone app. Backcountry Assessor. Free and extremely useful.

Usefull article on airbag effectiveness stats.
Read this then get one.

http://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog-avalanche-airbag-effectiveness-something-closer-truth

Review of touring bindings thanks to DB

http://backcountryskiingcanada.com/index.php?p=page&page_id=Binding_Reviews

Specialist Offpiste Courses.

SOPiB :: snowHeads off Piste Bash
Held in Serre Che/La Grave in the second half of the season for any snowHead happy with black pistes and looking to go further afield.

Offpiste skiing
www.offpisteskiing.com
Simon Christy a snow head runs courses in various places in the Alps, highly recommended.

Off Piste Performance
http://www.offpiste.org.uk/courses/
Alison Culshaw, chamonix based top level instructor. Runs skiing for mountaineers courses.


Snoworks
http://www.snoworks.co.uk/iSKI-Off-Piste.html
Phil Smith, well known and respected top level instructor.


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Iceland (sadly as good as it gets):
http://en.vedur.is/#tab=snjoflod
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What a fantastic resource! Thanks jbob! Very Happy
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There's an Android app called Snowsafe www.snowsafe.at that updates the Tirol Avalanche Report on your phone whenever the Tirol Avalanche Service updates.
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Wayne Watson's book which I thought was excellent

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Off-Piste-Wayne-Watson/dp/1903994020/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1416793453&sr=8-2&tag=amz07b-21
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jbob, Don't forget the content in the thread that rob@rar started a while back:

http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2151370#2151370
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AndAnotherThing.., thanks I'll try and incorporate all robrar good work. It's a project in progress.
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Pistehors Avalanche Presentation (really excellent) http://pistehors.com/backcountry/wiki/Avalanches/Avalanches

Pistehors.com Avalanche Conclusions and Links (also excellent) http://pistehors.com/backcountry/wiki/Avalanches/Conclusions
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
Courtesy of a post on pistehors.com:

Just a quick message to let you know that following on from the success of last season’s lectures there will again be a FREE Avalanche Awareness lecture in Chamonix every week this winter season.

The lectures are being held upstairs at La Terrasse bar in the centre of Chamonix. They will be at 18.15 every Monday from 10 Dec 2012 to 11 Mar 2013. NB: Christmas and New Year week the lectures will be on a Sunday night instead.

Lectures last around 45 minutes, and will be delivered by qualified Mountain Guides resident in Chamonix. The lectures cover a variety of topics, including avalanche avoidance and rescue techniques.

Lectures are provided courtesy of http://www.avalancheacademy.com.

There is no charge for attending, so please show your support for La Terrasse by buying a drink from the bar.

Have a safe season.....
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dsoutar, thanks I had already spotted it and linked above and AA has posted on SHs. I attended a talk last season and they are very good, a generous offer from AA.
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Hi

Hope I'm not hijacking this thread. I just wanted to let everyone know that we've been asked to give a presentation in Morzine, so we will be there this coming Tuesday (11 Dec 2012). The presentation will be at Beanies Coffee and Ski Shop on Rue Du Bourg at 6pm. It will be free, so we hope to see as many people there as possible.

Hope you all have a safe winter.
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Tirol avalanche bulletin, in English: http://lawine.tirol.gv.at/en/
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A useful looking article from UK Climbing - "Avalanche - The Basics, Part 1: Anatomy of an Avalanche"

http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=5178
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I quite like this book. An easy read.

Allen & Mike's Avalanche Book: A Guide to Staying Safe in Avalanche Terrain

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Allen-Mikes-Avalanche-Book-Staying/dp/0762779993?tag=amz07b-21
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, I just spent an fruitless 1/2 hour trying to find a English translation of the Chamonix avalanche forecast. A remarkable decision to produce the official version as an image so preventing auto translation Mad

If anyone has a link I'd be grateful.
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AndAnotherThing.., funny you say that, I was conducting the same search last night.

Avalanche Academy translates it into tweet-sized bites (you can either see it on Twitter or on the home page of their site).

Does anyone know if there is an organisation that records each day's snowfall in Chamonix, along with a description of the type of snow that falls each time? Obviously I want to be able to access this info online.
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I'm heading off next week and struggling to find a translation for the meto france avalanche info. Can anyone help

Thanks
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feshiebridge, I usually type it, word-for-word, into Google Translate (cos it's a bloody image, grrrr...). There may be local organisations that provide translations. Where are you off to?
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
feshiebridge, Zero-G, a hobby horse of mine. If you are on twitter avalanche academy tweet a lot of good stuff.
@avalancheacad
He's a guide operating in the valley and reports what he finds.


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Zero-G, Have you tried saving it as a PDF then using an online OCR service, then translate.

bit of a faff but might work.
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tiffin, that may be a solution.

jbob wrote:
feshiebridge, Zero-G, a hobby horse of mine. If you are on twitter avalanche academy tweet a lot of good stuff. @avalancheacad.

Erm...
Zero-G wrote:
Avalanche Academy translates it into tweet-sized bites (you can either see it on Twitter or on the home page of their site).
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Thanks for all the help. I'm off to Serre Chavalier on Sunday.
It looks like I may have to type it in word for word - but by the time I do this all the freshies will have gone !!! - I 'll try the PDF route Very Happy
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Good news, the Icelandic Met Office has started avi forecasts, it's a bit basic but a hell of a lot more than there used to be:
http://en.vedur.is/avalanches/forecast
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
http://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog-avalanche-airbag-effectiveness-something-closer-truth

I've also posted this in the resource sticky above.
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jbob, I did a review about the models 2012/2013.

http://alloffpiste.com/skiing/avalanche-transceiver-avalanche-beacon-test-2013-franz-t-uiagm-guide/

I will have a closer look to the new "PIEPS" transceivers in the next weeks
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This season we will once again be running our series of Free Avalanche Awareness Lectures in Geneva, Chamonix, Morzine and Verbier. The lectures last around an hour, are delivered by qualified Mountain Guides from www.avalancheacademy.com, and are designed to cover the basics of avalanche avoidance, and emergency rescue.

Dates and venues for winter 2013-2014 are as follows:

Geneva Monday 09 Dec 2013 6.30pm. Venue: The Clubhouse, Rue Philippe-Plantamour 25, 1201 Geneva.

Verbier Wednesday 11 Dec 2013 6.30pm. Venue: Pub Mont Fort, Chemin de la Tinte 10, 1936 Verbier.

Morzine Thursday 19 Dec 2013 and Friday 10 Jan 2014 at 6.30pm. Venue: The Bec Jaune Brewery, 220 route de la Combe ?ore, 74110 Morzine

Chamonix. Every Monday night from 16 Dec to 10 March 2014. Venue: La Terrasse Bar, Place Balmat 74400 Chamonix. 6.15pm

Come along and be safer this winter.....
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great stuff Ava, Academy. I'll be there in Chamonix on Monday the 30th, thanks, Horgand
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For those planning or sharing UK (and Euro) ski tours this is a nice resource:

http://www.outdoorsgps.com/route/create

For the UK you get a printable OS map option while for Europe there is a terrain option for the road maps. What's handy is the ability to quickly estimate route distances and elevations.
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Just been looking at the Ortovox training site and have to say it is pretty good with lots of animation and videos (German spoken in vids but there are subtitles). Think it has had a bit of a revamp since the last time I looked.

It's simple enough to find but the address is different to the one quoted at the beginning of this thread.

http://www.ortovox.com/safety-academy-lab/avalanche-basics

Also see there was a software update for the S1+ transceiver released on 24 Oct 2013. Will have to find somewhere to get mine done.
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I found this a fairly good resource for links...
http://www.backcountryaccess.com/education-research/avi-research-and-papers/


This ABC of shovelling techniques was very good reading...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/BackcountryAccess/content/papers/EdgerlyABCDiggingICAR2011.pdf
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Scarpa, you pointed this thread out so I thought I'd add the two links that I found to it.

This one has a useful interactive search and dig educational link http://www.mammut.ch/barryvoxtraining I think its useful if you have any brand of transceiver, and if you ever wondered why initially the transceivers take you in circles the answer is here: http://www.fsavalanche.org/encyclopedia/avalanche_transceiver.htm
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Just to point out, the full Tirolean avi report (in English) is now at: https://lawine.tirol.gv.at/en/bulletin/
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@clarky999, thanks I'll alter the sticky above. If anyone spots any broken links please let me know, also I always on the look out for better info for France.
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I see the Spanish link is broken. The new one is:

http://www.igc.cat/web/en/allaus.php

In addition the specific local report for the val d'aran (Bequeira) is:

http://lauegi.conselharan.org/boletines/butlleti-perill-allaus-275/?lang=ca
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@AndAnotherThing.., thanks I'll fix it.
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Norway link:

http://varsom.no/Snoskred/
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@Woosh, thanks I'll add it.
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