The European Avalanche School two main objectives  are:
“To provide courses that give participants an in-depth knowledge of snow structure, the processes of change within it, and through field experience, develop recognition of snowpack stability and confidence in ascertaining potential avalanche risk.”
“To encourage a greater understanding of hazardous avalanche terrain
and safer travel in mountain environments.”

EAS Avalanche Course France – La Grave

European Avalanche School: Aims. The main objective of this course is to give the participant an in depth knowledge of snow structure, the processes of change within it, and through field experience, develop recognition of snow-pack stability and confidence in ascertaining potential avalanche risk.

The course is formatted to an internationally recognized standard to the European alpine environment. The course will be run by, Steve Jones, BMG, Per Ås, SBO and Mark Diggins, BMG.

The course will be held in La Grave, a name recognised as being one of the premier off piste skiing areas in Europe. The skiing area is uniquely devoted to off piste skiing. La Grave provides us with a variety of accessible areas that will not have been groomed or skied, so offering good locations for study. The lift company are very helpful and give us invaluable support.

Facts EAS Avalanche Course

Organiser: European Avalanche School.
For further information about EAS Avalanche Course please contact:

Bookings: Catriona Reid, Course Administrator, tel: +44 1479 841828

Date: Monday 7th – Friday 11th January 2019 (Professional Course)

Price: The price is 70 euro per night for half board, sharing accommodation. There is an extra charge for a single room of 25 euro per night. Full payment required one month before course start.

Courses convenors: The course will be run by, Steve Jones BMG, Per Ås SBO and Mark Diggins BMG.


Accommodation is available at the Skier’s Lodge/Hotel des Alpes half board
E-mail: Tel: +33 (0)4 76 11 03 18. Please book and pay for your accommodation directly with the Skiers Lodge Hotel, stating that you are attending the EAS Avalanche Course at the time of your booking.

Arrival & departure times

Arrive by 19:00 hrs on the Sunday at the Hotel Des Alpes. Depart Saturday morning or Friday evening. An informal meeting for participants will take place on the Sunday evening at 19:30. The course will start properly on Monday morning and end Friday evening.


Transfer from Grenoble is available on a limited basis at a specific time. Please enquire at the Skiers Lodge for prices and details. A bus service also runs from Grenoble train station to La Grave. Trains from Geneva to Grenoble are regular and take approximately 2 hours.

For further info

Mark Diggins
Tel: +44 1479 811539
Mobile: +44 7785 736577
Fax: +44 870 0557664

Bob Barton
Tel: +44 1479 831538

Steve Jones
Tel: +41 2449 42777

Per Ås
Tel +33 476 799997

Skiers Lodge
Tel +33 476 11 03 18

Price Includes - Terms & Conditions


• Standard Room Double or Triple occupancy
• Lodge Accommodation – Twin Rooms. Breakfast, 4 Course Evening Meal.
• Includes professionals’ fees, course folder, reference manual, log book and lectures.


• Lift passes.
• Off-Piste Insurance (Recommended).
• Transfers from/to Grenoble.
• Single Occupancy (addition 25 euros per night)

Note: Off-Piste insurance is included on your daily lift-pass if given to you by member of staff in the hotel des alpes reception when skiing in La Grave – La Meije. After passing through the lift-ticket-scanner at the botttom of the lift station, the insurance will electronically be valid and registered by TGM. If your guide and group decide to ski elsewhere to other surrounding ski area then La Grave i.e. ”Alp d’ Huez, Serre Chevalier, Montgenevre”.

It is possible for an extra charge to the liftpass fee – an off-piste insurance coverage! (A Carré/Carte Neige is instantly recognised by the French rescue and medical services and so any rescue costs incurred are automatically covered (i.e. you do not need to pay up front and claim back later))

In general a Carte Neige and a valid UK EHIC should be sufficient for most on-snow related accidents costs, but medical costs are not extensive and it should not be seen as a replacement for insurance cover.

Valid travel insurance is still recommended! Please check your emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage policy for trip cancellation or interruption of ski holiday, for any reimburses of travel costs and ski package during your stay due to sickness or injury.

Experience & equipment required:
• Good skiing ability with a number of years off piste skiing experience.
• Avalanche transceiver (can be hired)
• Ski touring equipment or downhill skis with securifix
• Writing materials
• Magnifying glass*
• Clinometer (optional)*
• Crystal screen*
• Snow saw (optional)
• Log book (provided)
• Snow weighing apparatus (optional)
• Thermometer*
• 2 meter rule
• Shovel (smooth bladed) in local store
• 3 meter probe in local store

Recommended reference books:
• “Chance in a Million” Barton / Wright
• “Avalanche Safety for Skiers and Climbers” Daffern