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For marking avalanche transceiver training zone and avalanche transceiver checkpoint Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: emergencies
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may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)


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An avalanche transceiver, also know as Avalanche Victim Detector (AVD), also known as avalanche beacon is a small electronic device a skier (ski touring, backcountry, off-road, etc), snowmobile user, or anyone in an avalanche risk zone has under his clothes, in "emission" (aka "transmitting") mode. If the person is taken by an avalanche, the others members of his group turn their avalanche transceiver in "search" (or "receive") mode and it helps finding your friend alive under the snow. An avalanche transceiver is one the three basic emergency tools every backcountry skier have (with avalanche probe and shovel).

You have to train often to be able, in case of emergency, to behave fast and save your friend. That's why many resort have created avalanche transceiver training zone. It's a place where you can easily bury an avalanche transceiver (in emission mode) and train to use your avalanche transceiver (in search mode) to find it. Those places are shown on resort map (search for example for "DVA parc" in Chamonix's ski map). They are all free access, no fees to go in. Some of them are "automatic" which means there are already few avalanche transceiver buried under the snow and you have to find them, some are manual (you have to burry them yourself, and then find them).

The second things to map with this key is avalanche transceiver checkpoint. It is a fixed installation that detect your avalanche transceiver when it's on "emission" mode and then tell you whether it works well. It's most of the time put on official resort map, as you can see it on the "les deux Alpes" ski map. They are most of the time at the entrance of well-known backcountry, or at the arrival of major lifts.


avalanche transceiver training zone
Tag Applies to
amenity=avalanche_transceiver node,area
avalanche_transceiver=training node,area
automated=yes/no optional tag to tell if the training zone is automatic or manual
ele=* optional tag
operator=* optional tag
ref=* optional tag
avalanche transceiver checkpoint
Tag Applies to
amenity=avalanche_transceiver node
avalanche_transceiver=checkpoint node
indoor=yes/no optional tag to tell if the checkpoint is inside or outside the building
ele=* optional tag
operator=* optional tag
ref=* optional tag