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Heads up for avalanches in Åre
Before you go off piste: Make sure to keep yourself and others safe – a good start is to read up on our vital tips below before you go out.
#1 Read up
SkiStar’s website provides information about avalanche safety. Here you’ll find facts and tips, what to consider before going out, links to current forecasts and information about avalanches.
#2 Wear the right equipment
A minimum amount of equipment required to travel in avalanche terrain is: knowledge, a transceiver, a shovel and a collapsible avalanche probe. If you don’t have your own gear you can borrow or rent the equipment (a number of businesses in Åre let avalanche equipment for a day or longer). Make sure that the transceiver’s batteries are fully charged and that it’s calibrated with your friend’s transceivers.
#3 Educate yourself
It’s one thing to read to about it. It’s a whole other thing to practice it. Åre Lavincenter offer shorter or longer courses at different levels throughout the winter season. Click the link to find their contact information.
#4 Practice beforehand
If an accident were to occur you want everything to run perfect and smoothly. When snow conditions are right, there is an avalanche search and rescue training course above Åre Lavinscenter’s office in Stjärnbacken.
#5 Keep yourself updated
On the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency website lavinprognoser.se you’ll find daily avalanche assessments and forecasts for Storulvån and Åre. The Ski System Operator SkiStar’s website is continuously updated with current forecasts and information about the weather and avalanche situation.
#6 Keep an eye on the avalanche risk
Most ski areas have daily avalanche indicators for areas outside the marked slopes of the ski system. The European Avalanche Danger Scale ranges from 1 to 5 (Low to Very High ) and may change during the day so it’s important to check the indicators on a regular basis. In the Åre and Duved ski areas the current situation regarding avalanches is communicated via the SkiStar website.
#7 Ride with responsibility
Avalanche forecasts and avalanche reports give a hint of how the situation outside the slopes are. However, it’s your own responsibility to make a qualified decision whether to go out or not. Make sure your decision is the right one :-).
Read more about the ski areas in Åre and fun activities for you and your family here.
Last updated 24 November 2021