D.V.A.*, shovel and probe are a freerider's best friend. And because having a good equipment isn't enough, come and learn how to use it during introductory D.V.A.* session, organized every Tuesday by the Lac ESF on the D.V.A* Training Zone.
D.V.A* (Avalanche tranceiver or avalanche beacon)
D.V.A..* is a transmitter/receiver. It allows rescuers to search for the exact location of an avalanche victim, even when buried under several metres of snow.
After the victim's localization via the D.V.A*, the probe allows rescuers to locate the victim with greater precision and certitude and, above all, to know how far down to dig.
Finally, the shovel allows rescuers to reach the buried victim and get him or her out in time.
D.V.A.*, shovel and probe: an essential trio of every off-piste outing. Neglecting a single link in this important chain limits the effectiveness of every search!
You are an off-piste fan? Before heading out to the powder snow, it's essential to prepare your off-piste route carefuly.
DVA training zone
Having a D.V.A.* is good, but knowing how to use it is even better! The "D.V.A.* training zone", located in the heart of Tignes on the banks of the lake, consists of 6 permanently beacons buried under the snow. It allows freeriders to learn, practice or perfect their own searcg technique using en avalanche transceiver.
Free introductory sessions are organized every Tuesday at 5:30 pm by the Lac ESF. Join in!
And verifying that your D.V.A.* works before heading out is vital!
Installed on the totems next to the meather and snow condition bulletins, allows you to test your D.V.A.* in transmission mode.
Before heading off-piste, don't forget to set your D.V.A.* to transmission mode.
To search for someone buried by an avalanche, don't forget to set it to reception mode.
Tignes offers you 10 "Naturides": black slopes, marked out with beacons but not groomed.
GET INFORMED: THE FREERIDE POINTS
Before heading out for a freeride session, it’s essential to get information on the weather forecast of the day and the snow-cover conditions.
Check out the weather forecast, avalanche-risk and observed-avalanche bulletins of the past 72 hours for the Tignes area posted at the 4 Freeride Points located on Tignes ski area, and the "Maisons de Tignes".
When you are in the chairlift, check the area state and locate the line you are planning to follow.
Get even more information on the slopes: the ski patrol will be pleased to welcome you in their chalets and give you advice.
Tignes mobile app: thanks to the Powder Alarm and the Skier’s report, be the first to enjoy the latest 50 cm of fresh snow.
Conditions in the mountains can change quickly. Return when the conditions are once again optimal for your outing. Poor visibility, fog, night and snowfall disrupt and slow down assistance efforts in the event of an accident.
If the conditions are anything but optimal, it is highly recommended to stay on the marked pistes!
Tignes native and four-time freeriding world champion Guerlain Chicherit has this word of advice: “Never head out alone.”
Before any backcountry outing :
Be aware of any avalanche risks:
Check the snow-pack with the ski patrol
Never head out alone
And don’t forget the essential trio: D.V.A*, snow shovel and probe – a freerider’s best friends.”
HOW TO DIG THE "V" TECHNIQUE
Excavating without a plan delays the rescue effort. The “V” digging technique allows you to save time and to lower the risks of stamping over the victim.
Here are its key points:
Place the rescuers in a “V” position, the largest part of the “V” being as wide as the depth of the snow over the victim assessed by the probe
Favor paddling movements in a standing position (more efficient and less tiring than lifting the snow and throwing it behind you)
Get the rescuers to swap places clockwise, maximum every 4 minutes, to avoid exhaustion
Dig till you see the victim, then clear the snow over their head as fast as you can
Simultaneously, clear the snow around the victim’s body.