Avalanche Course Basic

Learn to deal with the risk of avalanches!

If you are off-piste, there is an avalanche risk. Whether you want it or not…

In a practice-oriented one-day course, experienced and local mountain guides will teach you how to assess the risk of avalanches. Planning, assessment, behavior in the terrain and mastering the tools (avalanche transceiver, ABS, etc.) are the main topics.

A MUST for all off-piste skiers and snowboarders.

The course is held in German and English. All documents are available in German, English and French.

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Lawinenkurs Basic


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Offer Guiding Mountain Guide UIAGM Persons CHF
Group Spot course 1 190.-
Private Course 1-2 690.-
Private Course each additional person 90.-
Rental Gear CHF
+ optional rent Safety-Set (transceiver, probe, shovel) 30.-
+ optional rent Safety-Kit (ABS, transceiver, probe, shovell) 55.-
+ optional rent freeride ski (Ski, Binding) 45.-

Course content:

  • Interpretation of the avalanche bulletin
  • Handling the avalanche transceiver (LVS), probe, shovel, ABS
  • Route selection in the terrain
  • Avalanche prevention

Requirements: | Ski technique: moderate to very good off-piste skier (specify ski level when registering) | Fitness: stamina for long descents.


We need at least 4 participants.


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Lawinenkurs Basic


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Is the course for snowboarders?
Yes, of course we are also happy to welcome snowboarders.

What equipment is required?
You can come with skis and snowboard. We will not make any ascents with climbing skins during the course.
It is an advantage if you come with a freeride ski/snowboard.

Is it possible to hire equipment?
We have modern and well-maintained rental equipment available for our guests. We will be happy to take your reservation and advise you on site.

How can I get there?
The meeting point is in the village of Engelberg at the mountain guide office. This is 5 minutes by train from the station. By car, it is best to park in the parking lot in the village near the monastery. From there we walk up the mountain together.

What do I need to buy a ticket for?
As we want to use the day as efficiently as possible, we take the lifts. This way we see a lot of different terrain.
We need a ski ticket for this. Wait to buy it, because a cheap ski tour ticket might be enough. The mountain guide will let you know in the morning.

Is the course also available in English?
Yes, all our mountain guides also speak English. The course documents are also translated into English. Please indicate this when you register.

What are the requirements?
The course is aimed at anyone who is motivated to learn more about avalanche awareness. The course takes place off-piste and you should therefore be able to ski off-piste.

Detailed information

The day course is very practice-oriented. This means that the focus is also on prevention. This means that we spend a lot of time in the terrain to look at many different scenarios. A course in the off-piste area Engelberg-Titlis-Brunni is therefore ideal thanks to the many lift options.

Whether you are a snowboarder, freerider or ski tourer, the subject matter is the same and all “species” are welcome. We are happy to offer private courses on request.

Meeting point:
08:15 Engelberg Mountain Guide, Dorfstrasse 34, 6390 Engelberg


> Arrival at the mountain guide office

Complete administrative tasks
Determine expectations/experiences
Handing over information for the day

– Public transportation: The mountain guide office is 5 minutes from the train station and is open from 08:00.
– Car: It is best to park in the public village parking lot near the monastery and walk to the office. (3min)

After arriving and completing the administrative tasks, we will take the free bus to the ski area together. This means you can arrive at the office equipped with skis or snowboard equipment.

> Ride with the gondola into the area

Check the conditions
Check the weather forecast
LVS information and check
Possibly first descent in the terrain

> Theory block in the morning: (90min)

General avalanche awareness
Gathering information on snow, avalanches & weather
Assessment & interpretation of the information gathered
“Special case” Engelberg Titlis
Is an avalanche bulletin useful in freeride terrain?

> Out and about in the terrain in the morning/afternoon:

Observations and discussions in the terrain
The human factor!
Companion rescue LVS, probe, shovel
Evaluation & discussion

Course end:
approx. 5 p.m. in Engelberg

Packing list
Gore-Tex ski jacket
Ski pants
Warm clothing
Gloves (2 pairs)
Hat or headband
ski goggles
Small rucksack (possibly ABS)
Avalanche shovel
Avalanche probe
Freeride skis (possibly with touring bindings)
or snowboard
Ski boots
Ski poles
sun cream
Possibly camera / GoPro
ski ticket
Half-fare card (if available)
Money for cable cars, cab and drinks

Missing material can be rented from us.


We can expect an exciting weather and snow situation for the avalanche course. As preparation, you can study the snow and weather forecast for the area in the 2-3 days before the course.

Further links:


We also recommend that you install the following apps on your smartphone:

White Risk
Google Play / AppStore

Google Play / AppStore

Schweiz Mobil
Google Play / AppStore



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Der Kurs wird durchgeführt von:

Team Engelberg Mountain Guide
Bergführer UIAGM