Safety and Introduction Session Freeriding


Whenever you venture into unsecured terrain, you must be in a position to assess the risk of avalanches. Careful planning, the right equipment, behaving in a manner appropriate to the terrain and the experience to recognize potential danger spots are the basic requirements of off-piste safety. This course will equip you with a basic understanding of avalanche equipment, how to use the various gadgets and how to assess the terrain. The course consists of a theory part and freeriding part. You will lunch outdoors (bring your own picnic).

  • Duration: approx. 5 to 6 hours
  • Number of participants: 1 to 6 persons
  • Minimum age: 15 years


  • 08:15 hrs meeting point with your mountain guide at the Matterhorn-Express station in front of Dorsaz Sport, at level of the gondola station or by arrangement with your guide
  • You will then take the gondola up to the skiing area
  • You will start your off-piste day and learn the necessary freeride basic knowledge
  • 1-hour lunch break
  • Approx. 15:00 hrs end of lessons
  • Afterwards return journey to Zermatt

Requirements: beginner freeride, very good on-piste skier


With a private mountain guide:

  • CHF 610 for 1 to 3 persons (CHF 40 each additional person)

In a group:

  • From CHF 170 per person

Extra costs:

  • Ski pass: from CHF 79 per day
  • Lunch
  • Rental equipment: from CHF 60 per day available in a sport shop in Zermatt
  • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe and airbag can be picked up at the ZERMATTERS office for a special rate of CHF 40 per person from 17:00 hrs the day before. The rented material must be returned after the course to the office at 17:00 hrs at the latest.

Important: Please contact ZERMATTERS two to three days in advance by phone or in the ZERMATTERS office to ask about the conditions and to discuss the last details.

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