Avalanche Training Center
The Avalanche Training Centre in Leysin, located at the top of the Aï chairlift, (accessible from the village) acts as a prevention centre which allows the general public to get familiar with the avalanche victim detector (DVA) equipment and probe.
Off-piste skiing is all the rage with more and more people tending to ski away from the regular pistes. Avalanche danger is ever present in numerous different areas. Avalanches occur when there is an interaction between several different factors; a combination of the terrain, the weather and the snow cover.
For those victims buried under the snow in an avalanche, time is of the essence. The correct use of search and rescue equipment (spade, probe, ARVA or DVA) is essential; hence the importance of knowing one's equipment and how to use it.
The Avalanche Training Centre therefore allows Freeriders, hikers and mountain climbers to train themselves in this respect. 8 markers, playing the role of avalanche victims, are buried in the snow. This training centre is open to everybody and is free of charge. It can just as easily be used by youngsters who can also appreciate an induction course into the dangers of avalanche.