Switch your beacon into search-mode and determine systematically the primary search area within the defined search strip width. Search with eyes, ears and beacon till you get an initial detection. Mark the initial detection with a ski pole!



Do you know the USEFUL RANGE of your avalanche transceiver? The "useful range" describes the maximum range that provides a reliable distance and direction indication in every case. The bigger the USEFUL RANGE of your transceiver the earlier you get a reliable initial detection with a reliable signal tracking. Test the USEFUL RANGE of your transceiver!


(1) One rescuer with skis for signal search
(2) One rescuer by foot for signal search
(3) More rescuers for signal search
d=search strip width


Follow initial reception from the direction of arrow and pay attention to the distance display. The distance indicator must be lower. If the value is greater, turn 180 degrees.


Work calm and focused. Avoid hasty turnarounds! Get to know your avalanche transceiver in "dry training" and find out which direction change is most effective at certain display.


Direction indication corresponds to the length of the flux lines and is calculated on the signal strength. The smaller the distance to the transmitter the more accurate is the indication. External conditions such as snow moisture reduce the expansion of the transmission signal and thereby also affect distance values​​!


Reduce your moving speed (50 cm/sec.) when you are closer than 5 m to the burial and work along the snow surface. Search by crossing the point with the minimum distance indication and mark it with a glove or a shovel.


Before the direction arrows are suppressed, the last distance correction has to be done exactly (see figure below). After that you are moving to the transmitting beacon in best coupling position and save time during the cross-like movements. Attention: In case of deep burial it could happen that the direction arrow not disappear.


3-antenna-avalanche-transceivers measure the send signal 3-dimensional using the third receiving antenna. Thus, there is always only one point with the minimun distance indication! At a burial depth of <1 m, 1- and 2-antenna-devices start showing more than one point with the minimum distance indication (misleading multiple maxima) - therefore special search strategies are necessary.


  • Always probe perpendicular to the snow surface.
  • Probe spiral in 30 cm intervals around the marked fine search results.
  • Communicate a hit and leave probe in place.


Pieps TIP!

Leave probe in place during the whole digging work! The probe serves as an indispensable orientational guide.



Even with systematic probing work the buried person can be missed several times and this can lead to uncertainty. Furthermore the interpretation of the results is often difficult: "Clack, Clack.." - was a ski, a ice layer or a rock probed?


When probing with the PIEPS iPROBE a continuous/steady light indicates a "hit". Even if the buried person is just failed with the probe, this is the starting signal for digging. With the PIEPS iPROBE you can save valuable time in the companion rescue!