Safety first - Avalanche Prevention & Rescue

HOW LAAX WORKS: The mountain rescue team

A team of around 20 mountain snow patrollers are on the job in the LAAX winter sports area. Their work guarantees the safety of all our guests on the marked slopes and freeride routes. An important part of their job is avalanche prevention and preparation for any avalanche with buried victims. In the new How LAAX Works video, we give you an insight into the daily routine of the mountain rescue team. We accompany them during avalanche drills, avalanche dog training, blasting and coordinating the opening of the area. The planned release of the video is in February. 

Avalanche mining team

Interview with Corsin Clopath

Winter sports take place outdoors. Those who observe a few rules will be rewarded with an enjoyable and trouble-free experience. Corsin Clopath, piste rescue chief, knows what is important here.

Corsin Clopath, what do guests need to observe regarding their safety?
It is very important to act according to the weather conditions, the number of visitors and, of course, your own ability – and this both on the piste as well as on the pipe and in the parks. It is also important to observe all markings and signals of the piste rescue service. A very good basis for conduct are the ten rules of the International Ski Federation FIS.

Does the material also play a role?
Yes, it is dangerous if you have the wrong material under your feet. It isn’t, for example, ideal if you,
as an average skier, are using slalom skiers as though you are in the world cup – these skis can be unforgiving and diffi cult to manoeuvre.

What about risks away from the pistes and downhill routes?
Open skiing terrain harbours vari ous dangers as it is not secured against avalanches and other alpine risks by the piste rescue service. It is very important that freeriders are familiar with the subject snow and avalanches and know how to behave in alpine terrain.

What should freeriders be equipped with?

They should always wear a helmet, as on the piste, and have a backpack with an avalanche transceiver, shovel, sounding stick and small fi rst-aid kit and, of course, a mobile for raising the alarm. But, more importantly, they should also know how to use this equipment, and this requires a great deal of practice. New this winter season is the Avalanche Training Centre (ATC) in Plaun, where you can practise using avalanche transceivers.