Good example - Safe sports
Sicheres Vorarlberg, Austria
As winter sports are very popular in this region of Austria, Sicheres Vorarlberg provides, besides many other all-year programs, several injury prevention programs especially for winter sports such as “Freeride safety camps”, “Off the beaten slope – instructions”, “LVS (avalanche transceiver) day” and especially for school classes the program “Mountain guide in ski week”.
Freeride safety camps
In this program, well trained skiers have the opportunity to gain experiences in off-piste skiing and in the use of an avalanche transceiver and other safety equipment. It is separated in a theoretical and a practical day.
Off the beaten slope – instructions
Touring skiers learn in a theoretical evening and in a practical day the basic knowledge of dangers in the alpine area in winter as well as the importance of good equipment.
LVS (avalanche transceiver) day
People who like off-piste skiing have the opportunity to practice the use of an avalanche transceiver in a safe and specially prepared area.
Mountain guide in winter sports week
This program is for school classes in winter sports week. Professional mountain guides show the students how dangerous off-piste skiing can be as well as how to handle an avalanche transceiver and other safety equipment.
Every year, Sicheres Vorarlberg organizes 30 events with about 900 participants for winter sports men. Never the less, in the winter 2016/17 104 touring skiers were injured. 5 winter sports men were injured fatally (analyse:berg Winter 2016/17). Therefore, Sicheres Vorarlberg continually wants to provide programs like these.