Since 2004, La Chamoniarde has regularly been involved in European INTERREG projects, in particular with its Italian counterparts from the Fondation Montagne Sûre but also with CREALP (Switzerland), the Italian regional environmental protection agencies (ARPA) and the EDYTEM laboratory.
Carried by the 2014-2020 ALCOTRA Program, regional partnerships around the Mont Blanc range were strengthened in February 2016 thanks to the launching of a tutorial program called “PrevRiskHauteMontagne”.
The Courmayeur based Montagne Sûre Foundation coordinates the actions. La Chamoniarde participates in the project. The alpine townhalls of Valtournenche in the Italian Aosta region, and the regional Agencies for the Protection of the Environment in the Aosta Valley and Piémont regions (ARPA), and the EDYTEM- CNRS research centre on the alpine Environment (CREALP) in the Swiss Wallis region, also bring their contribution to the profject.
The program mainly informs and educates local populations, tourists and all mountain activity adepts. Emphasize is stressed on high mountain particulars and natural or individual mountain hazards.
In collaboration with the Courmayeur based Mountagne Sûre Foundation , La Chamoniarde managed an ambitious 2-year program (2012/2013) that aimed at teaching local children how to behave and act responsibly in the mountains.
More than 400 local school eight-year olds benefited from this training program. Several workshops proposed a comprehensive approach of their environment. An entertaining booklet the children could use during the workshops came to illustrate field examples.
Finally, the children from Courmayeur and Chamonix participated in the Fête de la Montagne event to celebrate the successful project.
Adapted to 15-20 year-olds, this program is a terrain training course supervised by mountain guides to learn the basic safety mountaineering techniques.
40 young people joined the program.
Organized by La Chamoniarde for all mountain users, 960 people have benefited from terrain safety training courses. The course objective is based on basic safety techniques and behaviour in mountain accident situations.
These documents serve to illustrate training courses performed by La Chamoniarde.
Winter safety training workshops were created to teach the young public, locals and tourist about snow cover. La Chamoniarde and Montagne Sûre websites were both reorganized and upgraded.
Leaflets, signs, booklets, videos, cdroms were edited in order to communicate on snow and safety
Aging equipment on some classic climbing routes in the Mont Blanc range was replaced ( Dent du Géant, Les Gaillands climbing crag …)
The European-subsidized INTERREG 3 program helped financing the production of the sleigh prototype.
In October 2005 the mountain rescue ICAR Congress approved the sleigh project. It is now used in many countries and has become an essential piece of rescue equipment around the world ( rescues at sea- fire-fighters- natural disasters, urban rescues)
The sleigh was recently equipped with a fat-bike wheel to improve shock absorbency and workability.