ARTVA TRAINING CENTER
In the San Pellegrino ski area there is the remarkably interesting ARTVA Training Center. This is an enclosed area (100×100 m) that serves as a hypothetical avalanche site, where you can train in the proper use of ARTVA devices, avalanche probes and the RECCO system.
Access is open and free for everyone. Make here your reservations.
The training center is located at an altitude of about 2300 metres, between the lovers’ slope and the run that goes from Col Margherita to Lago Cavia. You can get here on the Col Margherita funicular lift from Passo S. Pellegrino and then descend along the slope, or you can skin or snowshoe up from Passo Valles in about one hour, remembering to stay off the slopes to comply with recently instated laws.
The ARTVA transmitters are buried at various depths under the snow, in a 100 x 100 metre enclosed area located in the accumulation area of an avalanche. Working in the field with shovels and probes, you can simulate realistic search and rescue operations with varying levels of difficulty.
Through basic operations at the central command centre, users can activate one or more transmitters to simulate realistic search situations with different levels of difficulty according to specific levels of individual preparedness.
The transmitters are enclosed in shock proof, 40cm x30cm plastic containers covered in wooden panels. With a simple touch of the probe they send a signal to central command which automatically activates an acoustic signal and flashing light indicating the find.
Once all the activated devices have been found, central command can read the time it took to find each individual buried ARTVA.