If you wish to hire an avalanche transceiver from the Ski Club please provide the required details on the Rental Request Form below. Information about the models available can be read below the rental form.

Once we receive your rental request we will contact you to confirm availability and take your payment details. We aim to respond to all transceiver rental requests within one working day but at peak times this may not be possible. Any requests received before a weekend or bank holiday may therefore not receive a response until the following working day at the earliest. Please allow, at the very minimum, one complete week before you travel for us to process your request and get the transceiver to you.

In addition to the rental fees below, 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 for those dates. Transceivers are posted using Royal Mail's Special Delivery Overnight service and are delivered by 1pm. A signature is required on delivery, so if the item cannot be signed for then they will not deliver it. We post your rental to you the week before your departure to ensure you receive the transceiver(s) in time for your trip and can familiarise yourself with their functions.

  • There is no postage to overseas addresses.
  • There is a £120 deposit for each transceiver. This £120 charge applies to each individual transceiver on the rental that is returned damaged or not returned.
  • Up to ten transceivers can be rented per request.
  • Full season rental is not permitted.

Rental cost:

Ski Club members - £15 per transceiver for trips of up to ten days.
Non-members - £60 per transceiver for trips of up to ten days.

Rental Request Form

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

Ortovox

  • 3+
  • M2

BCA

  • Tracker 2
  • DTS Tracker

Mammut

  • Element

Pieps

  • 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, Mon to Fri 9am to 5.30pm.

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 -

SMART-ANTENNA-TECHNOLOGY
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.

SECONDARY AVALANCHE SWITCHOVER
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.

RECCO REFLECTOR INSIDE
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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