This morning we were lucky enough to accompany the Ski Patrol team on what is known as an active avalanche control plan. The aim is to make the ski area safe after heavy snowfall or high winds.
Skizzz, the alien and Swag the trendy teen explain how to use a chair lift safely in simple, fun terms.
We had all agreed on a time: 4pm at SETAM's (Société des Téléphériques Tarentaise Maurienne: Val Thorens ski lift company) mechanical room. We didn't know much about it all, except that the aim was to watch and take part in a practice evacuation of the Caron cable car.
#Safety Snow clearance in Val Thorens
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Today, it's an inseparable part of mountain rescue and indeed, of the Alpine imagination: avalanche rescue dogs and their handlers are a symbiotic team, essential to rescuing people in the mountain environment.