Snow Safety Australia is a business whose focus is to supply quality training services to persons interested in learning safety principles for remote alpine areas in the NSW Snowy Mountains region. The business uses employees and/or qualified subcontractors as required. Snow Safety Australia was started to inform and educate people on how to safely travel in the backcountry and use the relevant equipment in un-patrolled areas.
Snow Safety Australia aims to be the first choice for persons seeking to tour and learn more about winter alpine safety in the Kosciuszko National Park. Snow Safety Australia staff and contractors have the required training and experience to work in this environment and will continue to receive the required training to keep the safety and quality standards at a maximum level. We strive to ensure that by the end the experience, the client will have gained invaluable information and skills in relation to safe travel in and respecting the environment of the Kosciuszko National Park.
The rate of incidents in which individuals or entire parties being overwhelmed by the alpine conditions is increasing year on year. Not that conditions are necessarily worsening. Simply more people are heading 'out', and potentially less prepared.
The winter of 2014 showed an alarming increase in incidents. There were 5 parties requiring rescues from remote areas alone and two within ski resort boundaries. Unfortunately two people lost their lives in an avalanche event.
For each rescue, teams of more than 30 people are assembled. All remote alpine rescues involve rescuers engaging in difficult and dangerous operations. As a testament to their training and ability they have a strong success rate. Yet in reality, the less 'call-outs' the better.