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Avalanche transceiver hire scheme

They can hired from the Ski Club at the following prices:

Transceivers are available for both Ski Club members and non-members to hire.
  • Members:
    £15 per week/weekend.
  • Non-members:
    £60 per week/weekend.

For the above rental periods, a week is a weekend to the following weekend. A weekend rental is spanning one weekend, from a weekday to the following week's weekday. Transceivers are posted to land with you during the week before you leave.

There is an £8 charge for post and packaging (to UK address) for the first transceiver in any rental request with an extra £2 postage for each additional transceiver on that request. There is no postage to overseas addresses without prior written consent from the Ski Club. There is a £120 deposit for each transceiver.

You can rent more than one transceiver at a time (up to 10 units), so you can make sure that all the people in your group can ski safely. If you want to rent more than 10 transceivers please call the Ski Club office on 020 8410 2009 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5.30pm).

Rental requests must be made no later than one week before you travel.

If you wish to rent for any period outside the standard week/weekend's rental, or for rental requests with less than a week until your travel date, please contact Ski Club Member Services on 020 8410 2009 or by email. Full season rental is not available through the Ski Club hire scheme.

All rental request must be made through the online booking facility - Transceiver hire request.

The transceivers highlighted below are the range of 3 antennae models we stock. The 3+ has the added feature of Ortovox's Smart Antenna Technology, and you can read more about this at the bottom of this page.

The following models of transceiver are available for hire (hire is always subject to availability);

  • 3+
  • M2

  • Tracker 2
  • DTS Tracker

  • Element
  • Pulse

  • DSP Tour

If you have any questions about these, or any transceivers please call the Ski Club's Member Services Department on 020 8410 2009.

Transceivers are vital if you are venturing off-piste, but they are only one part of the 'essential three'. You also need to carry a shovel and probe with you. The Ski Club does not offer shovels or probes for rental.

  • Avalanche transceiver: ESSENTIAL for skiing off piste. It's a kind of radio device with two modes - it transmits when skiing/snowboarding off piste and can be switched to receive to pick up the signal of a buried unit. They are worn strapped to the body. If one or more of the party are buried by an avalanche the remaining skiers / snowboarders can use their units on receive mode to locate the missing skier. The transceiver directs the searcher to the buried person either by an audible signal that becomes louder as they get closer or a distance counter that decreases as they get closer. By using transceivers buried skiers / snowboarders can be found quickly, greatly enhancing their likelihood of survival, and are therefore essential for off piste skiers.
  • Collapsible shovel: Essential if you carry an avalanche transceiver in order to dig once the person has been located, avalanched snow is surprisingly solid and difficult to penetrate with bare hands. This two-part lightweight shovel permits large scale snow movement.
  • Avalanche Probe: You need a probe to help locate a person's exact position, i.e. how deeply buried a person may be. Digging off track even by a foot wastes valuable time. In an avalanche situation every moment matters, and lives depend on speed of rescue.

Ski Club members are entitled to discounts on off piste safety equipment at a number of top UK retailers. Join the Ski Club to gain access to these fantastic savings as well as many more member benefits.

Ortovox 3+ avalanche transceiver functions -

The integrated SMART-ANTENNA-TECHNOLOGY analyses the position of the antennae in the avalanche and automatically switches to the best transmission antenna. The result: almost double the range in the worst coupling position, regardless of the beacon used for searching.

Ortovox has added a motion sensor to the 3+ to enable secondary avalanche switchover. If the sensor has not detected any motion for 120 seconds during the search, it automatically switches back to transmit mode. Thus rescuers can also be found if there has been a secondary avalanche.

For maximum protection, they've also equipped the 3+ with a Recco reflector. Recco helps professional rescuers find victims buried in the snow even faster. This offers an additional possibility of being found quickly. The backup technology is used by more than 700 ski areas and rescue teams around the world.

Find out more about the 3+ on Ortovox's site.

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