Every year, more and more skiers leave behind the ski resorts, and venture out into the backcountry, for off-piste, freeride, or ski touring, attracted by the idea of adventure, getting away from the crowds, and into the unexplored heart of the mountains. The evidence of this trend is that the amount of gear sold (traditional and touring skis, transceivers, airbags, etc.) continues to increase every season.
But unfortunately, this growth comes together with a larger number of accidents. 90% of avalanches involving skiers are triggered by the skier himself, and 1 in 2 people involved in an avalanche dies. Not all of the new outdoor enthusiasts are aware of these risks, and although they might have the security equipment, they not always know how to use it, and many times they don’t use it at all!