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Avalanche transceiver hire scheme

Avalanche transceivers can be hired from the Ski Club at the following prices:

Transceivers are available for both Ski Club members and non-members to hire.

The Ski Club runs a hire scheme for avalanche transceivers. The transceivers can be hired at the following prices:

  • Members:
    - £30 per week (weekend to weekend, posted to land with you on the Thursday before)
    - £20 per weekend - contact us with the dates you are going and we can discuss the best time to send them out for you
  • Non-members:
    - £60 per week (weekend to weekend, posted to land with you on the Thursday before)
    - £40 per weekend - contact us with the dates you are going and we can discuss the best time to send them out for you

There will also be a £8 charge for post and packaging (to UK address) for up to two transceivers, and an extra £3 for each additional transceiver. There is no postage to overseas addresses without prior written consent from the Ski Club. There is a £120 returnable deposit for each transceiver.

Ski Club+ members benefit from free transceiver rental as part of their membership, so if you're a Ski Club+ member you only need to pay for postage and provide details for a deposit. If you're a current Ski Club member then you can upgrade to Ski Club+ for £10 for Standard Individual or Under 24 and £30 for Standard Family membership.

Rental for Ski Club+ members is limited to one transceiver for up to two weeks at a time for each Ski Club+ member, although the number of times you can a hire a unit is not limited. If you wish to hire for longer than two weeks continuous use please contact us at Full season rental is not available through the Ski Club+ free hire scheme.

If you would like to hire a transceiver please email with the following details;

  • Ski Club membership number (if applicable)
  • Number of transceivers you would like
  • Preferred model (if you have a preference - the models available are listed below)
  • Dates required
  • Postal address (a signature is required on delivery)
  • Contact telephone number for payment details

Once we receive the email, we can confirm availability for the dates you have requested. We will not request payment details via email, so a contact telephone number is essential.

For 14/15 we have added a whole host of new Ortovox 3+ transceivers to the hire scheme, adding to the other 3 antennae models we already have (higlighted below). The 3+ has the added feature of Ortovox' Smart Antenna Technolody, 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);

  • F1
  • M2
  • X1
  • 3+

  • DTS Tracker
  • Tracker 2

  • Opto 3000
  • Pulse

  • DSP Tour

If you have any questions about these, or any transceivers please call the Ski Club's Information 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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