In close cooperation with the Verband Deutscher Berg- und Skiführer (VDBS – German mountain and ski guide association), and its numerous professional mountain guides and athletes, the German brand Ortovox has launched an interactive multimedia training platform called “Safety Academy Lab Ice.“ The program, part of the brand’s Safety Academy, comprises 18 video tutorials and three chapters of comprehensive educational modules covering all safety aspects for high alpine touring.

A key role in the development of the Safety Academy Lab Ice is played by safety experts Chris Semmel and Walter Würtl. Semmel is a state-certified mountain and ski guide as well as an expert on mountain, climbing and avalanche accidents. He has been leading the safety research team of the German Alpine Association (DAV) for ten years, is a member of the DAV training team for mountaineering and sport climbing and also a VDBS trainer. Würtl is a state-certified mountain and ski guide and an expert on alpine and avalanche accidents. As an alpine scientist he is also the editor of the Austrian mountaineering magazine “bergundsteigen.”

Ever since Ortovox was founded in 1980, the brand has always been dedicated to alpine protection. Together with professional mountain guides and experts, the brand eventually started its Safety Academy. What began as an initiative purely for avalanche courses is now targeted toward comprehensive alpine safety training – in summer and winter, digitally and on paper.

Ortovox, based in Taufkirchen near Munich, was acquired by Schwanhäußer Industrie Holding (Schwan-Stabilo) in July 2011.