For years freeriding at Arlberg

Freeride

Over the last few years Arlberg Alpin has specialised in Freeriding, and has also developed tactics and strategies for the training and guiding of everything to do with Freeriding. Together with freeride professionals Arlberg Alpin developed its own Freeride swing (RPT) for bad snow, whereby skiing on breakable crust off-piste is also made fun. We offer 3 different levels of freeride camps. From beginners to experts! Whoever would like to try freeriding, just once, is well supported by the Freeride days - or whoever would like to learn in a group or have exclusive lessons for themselves alone, there is the possibility of hiring your own private mountain guide. Prebooking desired!

Course Content:
Tactic, improve your proficiency, snow and avalanche science, risk management, material science, video analysis. It is advisable that helmet, airbag, avalanche-equipment, as well as freeride-skis be used during the courses. You have the possibility to rent this equipment with us.

Safety:
To insure the highest safety-standards. We have  small groups of maximum 7 persons and you are obliged to wear a helmet, a beacon, a showel, a probe and an ABS backpack if you ski off-piste. You can rent this set for 35 Euros per day

For even more safety, you can optionally book the "Safety Set ++" (beeper, shovel, probe, Pride -ABS backpack). The Pride-ABS backpack allows a group release. Thus the guide can trigger the ABS backpack for the whole group. Rental fee: 50 € per day per person

Demovideo Pride - ABS Rucksack

 

Tell us how many "Safety Set" or "Safety Set ++" you need. The guide will take her to the agreed meeting place. Bookable as long as available.

What is Freeride

Essentially Freeriding is nothing more than the original form of skiing. In the early days of skiing there were no pre-prepared pistes. After some days every learner must be able to cope with good or evil deep snow. Currently the pistes are overfilled and the desire and the material make it easy to ski off-piste. Additionally, there comes the feeling for freedom and adventure. The question is, why do it? Besides, there is a psychological theory. Humans strive for a balance between their skills and achieving a given task. When the task is less than their skills, this causes boredom and subsequently there is no balance. Fear arises when the task is greater than the skills, i.e. they are overstretched. Place both components on a pair of scales, then the feeling arises that is characterized through a fusion of action and knowledge, concentration and dedication. This feeling one calls “FLOW”. On one hand this feeling can have a positive effect on life employment, and on the other hand, it can therefore lead to being dragged back within limiting boundaries. From the psychologists’ view, freeriding offers the possibility of escape from everyday life, close to that itself and leaving the environment behind you and reaching the state of feeling the “FLOW”. Freeriding is the difference between conventional deep snow skiing on the terrain and the skills or ability of adapted skiing. In its perfection you choose between large and small swings, speed, as well as techniques like high-release and low-release, whereby a mixture of different radii and technique are used. With the correct technique and choice of terrain Freeriding is also absolute fun in deep snow.

Equipment

In the last few years, the team from Arlberg Alpin has taken on the task of certifying and testing freeride equipment. Together with our partner Sport Jennewein from St. Anton, which surely is one of the best specialists in the Arlberg area of Freeriding, we have tested a variety of products and have decided on the best products in our opinion. We will gladly provide further information at our Freeride shop or at Sport Jennewein in St. Anton-Nasserein-Galzig.

Risk Management

An assessment of a tour is sometimes very difficult and demands a lot of routine. When in doubt one decides on a conservative variant. Unnecessary risks in open terrain can bring with it serious consequences. Always think, the first thing is that you are alone and until a rescue comes a lot of time can pass. The first 15 min are important after an avalanche. That is why a rescue by comrades is always the quickest rescue. Furthermore the route choice and best line should be well engrained. Careful in fog – risk of crashing and loss of orientation! Even the best of them have got themselves lost in fog. Choose the tour according to your skiing proficiency and the size of the group. Plan safe waiting areas and codes of conduct in emergencies and study the avalanche status reports – but caution these are mostly global and can vary greatly depending on the area. It’s best to get information from the local mountain-guide offices about winter changes.

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