Alpine and UK Training Courses

The alpine courses are organised for English speaking participants by the Alpenverein-Akademie, which is based at the Alpenvereinshaus, Innsbruck.  For details of how to apply for these courses, and of the grants that are available to AAC(UK) members, please see the Alpenverein-Akademie Training Course page in the Members’ Area.


Jul 17 – 23 AV-A Alpine Skills Course, Braunschweiger Hütte, Ötztal.

Jul 24 – 30 AV-A Alpine Skills Improver and Refresher Course, Jamtalhütte, Silvretta.

Aug 7 – 13 AV-A Introduction to Alpine Rock Climbing, Stripsenjochhaus, Wilder Kaiser.

Aug 14 – 20 AV-A Introduction to Klettersteige, based at Gasthof Rechenhof, Innsbruck.


January 22 – 28: AV-A Basic Off-pisteSki-ing, Lizum

February 19 – 25: AV-A Basic Ski Touring Training, Heidelberger Hütte, Silvretta

March 5 – 11: AV-A Ski Touring Day Tours with Instruction, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg, Brenner


Alpenverein-Akademie Tour Leader Training and Assessment Courses –  2016 – Austria

Übungsleiter FREE courses are organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie to train people who wish to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. Candidates must meet several requirements relating to skill and experience. Members willing to volunteer to lead a multi-day tour for their section, ideally in Austria, within two years of attendance, may be nominated by their section as a Tourenführer-Anwärter (Aspirant Tour Leader) and then be eligible for a place on an appropriate Übungsleiter course, subsidised by the section and the ÖAV.


These courses are only available to current members of AAC(UK).

Planned training events and courses are listed below. Training in other skills and techniques can be organized if there are sufficient indications of interest.

For more details apply for membership and get access to the Members Only Area.

September 19 – 23: Training in alpine movement, Snowdonia

Do you want to learn or refresh skills in movement on rock as preparation for the Alps? This training event, provided by AAC (UK), will include: 1) movement on rock; 2) belaying techniques; 3) moving roped up together. Fully qualified instructors will provide instruction in these skills and techniques at a cost of £96 per person (subsidised by the Club) for the 5-day course.

Course participants will need to pay for their own accommodation and transport. The Club will be providing details of suitable places to stay in due course, enabling participants to be located together.

February/March (to be confirmed): Training for winter mountaineering, West Highlands

This training event, provided by AAC (UK), will deliver training in skills and techniques at 3 levels: 1) safe movement with ice axe and crampons (6 places, ratio 1:6); 2) movement over steeper ground using snow/ice anchors and dynamic belays (8 places, ratio 1:4); 3) Climbing with two axes (4 places, ratio 1:2). Fully qualified instructors will provide instruction. The cost (subsidised by the Club) will vary according to level: Level 1) £70 each; Level 2) £100 each; Level 3) £200 each.

Course participants will need to pay for their own accommodation and transport. Location to be confirmed.

[Updated 05 July 2016]

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