If you’re a seasoned skier who loves backcountry skiing in Baqueira because of the challenges it offers, then you’ll love the Atesmaps App. No matter how skilled or experienced you are as a skier, you’re still at risk from avalanches and this app which is being launched with new functionalities is the perfect companion to help you review your mountain excursion before you set out and keep your skiing experience a safe one.
Atesmaps offers a comprehensive overview of all your backcountry activity, employing the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES), the Avaluator Trip planner and the avalanche risk bulletin for Catalunya. This fantastic app using the very latest in skiing technology to assess the risk of avalanche, but we’d still strongly recommend taking academic training or guides so that your group stays as safe as it can be.
So that you get the very best out of the Geovisor (a 3D visual representation of the terrain in the Spanish Pyrenees), it’s advisable that you have some prior knowledge of avalanche security. This tool is the ideal complement to your training, your education and your personal judgement with regards to the risk of avalanche.
The Atesmaps app encompasses a variety of technologies to keep your backcountry skiing in Baqueira avalanche-free. Let’s take a look at exactly how it works.
Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES)
ATES was created to assist backcountry skiers in assessing the condition of the terrain on any given skiing trip. There are 3 separate terrain classes:
Simple terrain typically means a low risk of avalanche and as such is perfect for novices seeking some off-piste skiing for the first time. It’s important to understand that going off-piste shouldn’t be taken lightly and calls for common sense, the right equipment and the wisdom to respect avalanche warnings. Whilst it’s ideal for novices, simple terrain might not be completely free of avalanche hazards when an elevated avalanche risk exists.
Challenging Terrain is the next step up and involves exposure to well-defined avalanche paths. It’s advisable to take an avalanche training course before embarking into this kind of terrain. It’s also recommended that you consider employing a professional guide for your trip.
Complex Terrain refers to the highest-rated and most treacherous off-piste backcountry skiing in Baqueira . This type of terrain involves exposure to steep open terrain or multiple overlapping avalanche paths and it is only recommended for strong skiers with years of critical decision-making experience in avalanche terrain behind them.
The Avalanche Risk Bulletin
The information provided with this website relates to the most common avalanche trajectories found in the Spanish Pyrenees. Offering up-to-date data on the risk of avalanches for both on and off-piste areas, it gathers this information from the Institute of Cartography and Geology for Catalunya.
The final part of the Atesmaps app is the Avaluator, which combines ATES and the avalanche risk bulletin to create a route matrix that shows what risk level their excursion might entail. Using colour-coding to display high and low-risk areas, it ensures that off-piste skiers are fully informed of all the dangers.
It’s extremely important to understand that the Avaluator cannot predict where or when avalanches will happen. It also won’t tell you whether to embark or not, as the decision to take your trip is a personal one, but what it will do is give you all the info you need to make an informed decision based on the potential risk.
So, to sum up, Atesmaps uses the three elements mentioned to help you plan both on and off-piste skiing activity. The Geovisor is an easy-to-read 3D view of the terrain in the Spanish Pyrenees, providing a comprehensive overview of the risk involved in any activity you’re planning. Simply select the area you’re intending to visit and zoom in for a detailed risk assessment.
Before embarking on any backcountry skiing in Baqueira , it’s essential that you consult the Atesmap website, but also that you understand that the information you find there is only advisory. It’s entirely up to you whether to proceed with your trip or not. Safety is never 100% guaranteed in the mountains and you embark on your trip at your own risk.
We thank you for reading our blog. We hope it has highlighted just how important it is to use the right gear and respect the terrain you’re visiting.
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