The following models of transceiver are available for hire (hire is always subject to availability);
- Tracker 2
- DTS Tracker
- 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 -
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.