Participants from the NATO School and the Marshall Center climb a trail during
a session of winter training the morning of March 6. For a slideshow of
images from the training, click here.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Germans, Americans and others from the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany and the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies here took part in annual winter mountain training March 5-9.
Participants received instruction in ski touring, avalanche safety, how to conduct a search for an individual buried in an avalanche. They also learned how to create a modified sled using ski equipment and conducted numerous ascents of local summits.
Kars said the event couldn’t have gone better. “The week was characterized by a mix of snow and sun, which made for excellent skiing conditions. While the visibility and avalanche conditions did not allow for tours to higher summits as in the past, the skiing conditions were fantastic and there was fresh powder everywhere.”
Training also strengthened the German-American partnership as well as the relationship between the two institutions, Kars said. “The camaraderie developed between NATO School and Marshall Center members, both on the slopes and in the hut, will go a long way in maintaining the great cooperation between our two organizations.”