Thursday, April 28, 2016

EpicTV: RECCO - Use all means to be found in an avalanche

Dale Atkins, expert at RECCO and former President of American Avalanche Association, explains why you should use both transceiver and RECCO reflector in case of an avalanche accident.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

EpicTV: RECCO - Resorts & Operations

Developed for avalanche rescue, the RECCO Rescue System is used by more than 700 rescue organizations worldwide to find buried avalanche victims. Rescue teams embrace the RECCO System because the technology makes searching significantly faster, which saves time, and time is the enemy of the buried victim.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

EpicTV: RECCO - Be prepared - Be smart - Be searchable

Be searchable! That was the message to all visitors at the French film festival High Five, 2-4 October in Annecy. Each screening began with this short film from RECCO where the French snowboard legend Xavier De Le Rue and Austrian freeskier and film producer Sandra Lahnsteiner show what they bring to be searchable in case of an avalanche.



Developed for avalanche rescue, the two-part system consists of a RECCO detector used by organized rescue groups and RECCO reflectors that are integrated into outerwear, helmets, protection gear and boots from hundreds of top outdoor brands. The reflector is permanently attached, requires no training and no batteries to function. It is always "on" and ready.
RECCO reflectors do not prevent avalanches nor do they guarantee location or survival in the event of a burial, but they enable organized rescue teams to pinpoint the person’s precise location.

Monday, April 25, 2016

EpicTV: The Big Mountain Tour, Ep. 3- Sunrise Lodge, Canada

The Völkl BMT Team, Ingrid Backstrom, Ian MacIntosh, Stian Hagen, Austin Ross and Christina Lusti explore the beauty of the the Selkirk mountains in Canada.
Early season ski-touring doesn’t get much better than this, imagine having you own little cabin far away from anyone with great terrain outside your door and perfect powder.

EpicTV: The Big Mountain Tour, Ep. 2 – Rishiri Island

Follow the Volkl BMT team as they explore the remote Rishiri Island off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. Ingrid Backstrom, Christina Lusti, Austin Ross and Stian Hagen battle strong winds and challenging conditions to summit and ski this rarely visited and skied Volcano in the Japanese sea.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

EpicTV: The Big Mountain Tour, Ep. 1 - La Grave

In search of fresh powder, great adventures and unforgettable moments the Völkl skiers Ian McIntosh, Christina Lustenberger, Austin Ross and Stian Hagen decided to move south from their base in Chamonix to La Grave. Equipped with the new Völkl v-werks BMT (Big Mountain Touring) skis they explored the amazing terrain with local guide Joe Vallone. Randomly none of them had ever skied La Grave before, but definitely will again after this first experience.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Patrouille des Glaciers 2016 Cancelled


The decision was taken this morning to cancel the last race of this year’s Patrouille des Glaciers, the iconic Swiss ski race between Zermatt and Verbier that takes place every two years.
The ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Army, in which military and civilian teams compete, consists of four races. This year, the first two races, one short version starting in Arolla and ending in Verbier, and one long one from Zermatt to Verbier took place as planned, without any hitches.
Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was among those who made the journey from Zermatt to Verbier in the first full-length race on 20 April 2016. According to 20 Minuten, her team took just under 15 hours to reach the finish line in Verbier. The record time for an all women’s team is 7 hours and 27 minutes.
Unfortunately, those competing in the second full-length event due to start on Friday but shifted to Saturday, were told this morning that there would be no race this year, due to bad weather. A similar decision was taken in 2012, but this is the first time since 1984 the race has been stopped before starting.

EpicTV: Avalanche Awareness (5) - Dealing With An Avalanche Situation And Performing Rescue Techniques

The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders reduce their risk and make safer decisions in the mountains.

Avalanches should be avoided at any stake but being prepared for an avalanche situation is key. Knowing how to react if you or your companions are caught in an avalanche can help save lives. In the final episode of this series we talk to mountain expert and director of the Chamoniarde, Christophe Boloyan, about what is can feel like to be in an avalanche and how to react. Graham Bell and Peter Bilous then go on to explain how to perform an avalanche rescue. It's vital to practice these techniques. We advise all aspiring freeskiers to take an avalanche course before heading into the backcountry. Watch the series, get in formed, then get training and practising.

EpicTV: Avalanche Awareness (4) - Reducing Risk In Avalanche Terrain

The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders reduce their risk and make safer decisions in the mountains.

So you've planned your trip with reference to the avalanche bulletin, got your gear ready and analysed the risk, so now it's time to focus on important tips which will show you how to make better decisions in avalanche terrain. First you need to able to recognise this terrain, being aware of surrounding features that may pose a danger. Peter Bilous and Graham Bell guide us through scenarios to be aware of and cover safer ways to travel through avalanche terrain. Travelling through these areas on the way up or across to the point where you will begin your descent is just as important as skiing it. Watch the series, get in formed, then get training and practising.

EpicTV: Avalanche Awareness (3) - Snowpack Observations And Warning Signs

The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series is a guide to help skiers and snowboarders reduce their risk and make safer decisions in the mountains.

Having looked at how to plan your backcountry adventure and the essential equipment one needs to reduce risk in the mountains. This episode covers a variety of warning signs to be aware of and how to make important snowpack observations. Graham Bell and Peter Bilous provide a useful set of knowledge designed to help one make safer decisions in the backcountry. Watch the series, get in formed, then get training and practising.