The SAAC basic camp
SAAC stands for Snow & Alpine Awareness Camps
The SAAC basic camp is a two-day-course of basic knowledge about avalanches and the risks off-piste. In these two days the SAAC guides - all of them certified mountain guides - inform about the dangers and how to behave in the backcountry.
The SAAC basic camps start with a 3-hour-theoretical part on the first day. On the second day the participants divide into small groups of ten people with a guide for each group and go out into the backcountry.
Participation at an SAAC basic camp is for free as well as the rental of avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. Transport and accomodation is not included.
Participants at all SAACs have to be at least 14 years old and to be able to ski or board off-piste. Attention: This is not a skiing or snowboarding lesson but an avalanche course. Per camp 50 people are allowed to participate.
Check the risk and enjoy the powder
There are many reasons for the importance of SAAC - the snow & avalanche awareness camps - for example to acquire or freshen up one's know-how and to check one’s individual level of knowledge. Furthermore, the camps have developed into a meeting point for freeride fans from all over Europe that come together in order to enjoy the powder. And a unique powder experience is enjoyed best if you are well prepared.
With their education and experience the SAAC-guides know exactly what’s going on in the backcountry and they show and explain how to react correctly in particular situations. For instance, checking your emergency equipment, analyzing avalanche reports and never going alone are some very important rules you have to be aware of even before your start a backcountry tour. Once in the off-piste terrain, you have to make rational decisions and use your brain to assess aspects like snow conditions and the inclination of the slope.
A week-end at the SAAC-Camp will certainly not make you a backcountry pro - for that you need more education and years of experience. Participating in the SAACnd Step Camp is already the second step, as you learn how to organize tours on your own in order to explore new territories. You will always be accompanied by a registered mountain guide who will give good advice. The focus of these camps that last three or five days is to gain more knowledge, personal responsibility and, of course, enjoyable freeriding.
More information and camp dates on www.saac.at/english