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Avalanche exercise on December 03.12.2023, XNUMX

Self-rescue in the snow: Practical search exercise for buried people in Hochzillertal

Mountains and snowy landscapes have a magical attraction for many of us. The peace and beauty of the snow-covered Alps are incomparable. But the fascination of the mountains also brings risks, especially in winter when there is a risk of avalanches. In such situations, knowing how to save yourself and others is crucial. That is exactly the aim of the practical search exercise for buried victims that is taking place in Hochzillertal.

Meeting point: Sport Stock Lounge, Hochzillertal valley station at 15:00 p.m

We all hope to never find ourselves in the frightening position of being buried in an avalanche. But it's better to be safe than sorry, and this exercise offers the opportunity to learn vital life skills. The meeting point is the Sport Stock Lounge at the Hochzillertal valley station at 15:00 p.m.

Self-rescue and the importance of mountain guides

The exercise is led by mountain guide Stefan Wierer. Mountain guides are experts when it comes to mountain activities and they have extensive experience and knowledge that can be vital to survival in the mountains. In the event of an avalanche, acting quickly is crucial, and the guidance of an experienced mountain guide can mean the difference between life and death.

What can you expect from the exercise?

The practical buried victim search exercise is an opportunity to learn basic survival skills in snowy areas. The exercise will likely include:

  • Carrying avalanche equipment, including avalanche transceivers (LVS), avalanche shovels and probes.
  • The use of avalanche transceivers to locate buried victims.
  • Digging snow pits and using avalanche shovels and probes to find and rescue buried victims.
  • The importance of teamwork and communication in emergency situations.

Participation is free

Great news is that this exercise is free to participate in. This should serve as an incentive to engage in the exercise and learn or improve this vital skill. The organizers obviously want to raise awareness about safety in the mountains and encourage people to prepare for such situations.


Living in the mountains can be incredibly rewarding, but it is important to understand and prepare for the risks involved. The practical search exercise for buried victims in Hochzillertal offers a great opportunity to learn and practice life-saving skills. Participation is free and the guidance of mountain guide Stefan Wierer offers an invaluable experience. Remember to bring warm clothing and possibly your mountain equipment and be prepared to expand your knowledge and skills in snow self-rescue. Your safety and the safety of others in the mountains should always come first.

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