The OPEN FACES safety department, guided by Markus Kogler, has a wide range of checks to do before and during the event – regarding safety measures on the competition slopes or ascent and descent routes in the start and finish area. Many reports have started already in autumn like the analysis of snow layers.
Besides a huge range of safety measures (avalanche blasting, snow profile, local avalanche report, …) also the medical assistance on the spot is essential. Mountain guides, mountain rescue teams and rescue helicopters cooperate in the most efficient way in order to guarantee first aid right on the spot – if necessary. Up to 20 people per event are responsible for the daily action planning.
“Safety is one of the most important pillars of the entire Open Faces idea. A complete team of experts takes care about it – a heartfelt thank you to all team members for their excellent work behind the scenes,” states Markus Kogler, responsible of the OPEN FACES Safety department. He is an experienced mountain and ski guide, a certified ski instructor, a sworn expert of Alpine accidents and – just recently – also an officially licensed avalanche blaster.