Training Courses – Alpine & UK

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.

Courses marked ## are now fully booked but enquire about possible vacancies.


Summer courses for 2017 have already taken place. Courses for Summer 2018 will be published when available.


January 21 – 27: Basic Off-piste Ski training, Lizum

Become a safe skier in any snow conditions. Learn the most essential skills needed for ski-touring. This course is for members who are already competent on-piste skiers and who can make parallel turns even on more difficult pistes. 7-8 per guide.

February 4 – 10: Basic Ski Touring Training, Heidelberger Hütte, Silvretta

Learn the extra skills needed to go both up and down hill on skis safely. This course is for members who are competent, safe skiers off-piste, enjoy reaching mountain peaks in summer, to bring these skills together and learn to travel from hut to hut and climb alpine peaks using skis. 6-8 per guide.

February 25 – March 3: Basic Snowshoe Training, Gasthof Marlstein, Kühtai

Learn the skills needed to travel, ascend and descend safely and efficiently. This course is for members who have summer mountain fitness and are relatively new to snowshoeing. 7-8 per guide.

March 4 – 10: Improvers Ski Touring Training, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

If you have already completed the Basic Ski Touring Course or equivalent and want to improve your capabilities doing day tours before progressing to an intermediate tour this could be the course for you. 6-8 per guide.

March 11 – 17: Improvers Ski Touring Training for Seniors, Berghotel Rudolfshütte

Day-tours aimed at experienced ski-tourers who wish to improve their capabilities whilst adapting to the limits of age, and benefiting from lighter rucksacks due to not needing glacier equipment. 6-8 per guide.

March 18 – 24: Basic Skihochtouren Training, Jamtal Hütte, Silvretta

For those wishing to learn to ski tour more safely on glaciated terrain, traverse ridges and climb peaks. Participation on a previous basic ski touring (non-glaciated terrain) course is preferable. 5 places.

Articles for courses already taken place

Summer courses:

Intro to Alpine Rock Climbing Course, Kaisergebirge 2016 by Subhrendu Chatterji

Basic Klettersteige, Via ferrata 2016 by David Symonds

Winter Courses:

Basic Ski Touring Training at Heidelberger Hütte 2017 by Janet Smith

Off Piste Training Course at Axamer Lizum 2017 by Juliet Strang and Charles Clay

Ski Touring Day Tours at Obernberg im Brenner 2016 by Josh Towne


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.

February 4 – 9: Improvers (Get Ready) Snowshoe Training, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

Extend your capabilities, including stop or go strategies, emergency avalanches, training in varied terrain. In preparation for future Übungsleiter course. 6 places.

March 14 – 18: Übungsleiter Skihochtouren, Stubai Alps, Franz Senn Hütte  

5 places for those interested in leading alpine ski tours. This course focuses on the necessary rope and rescue techniques for glacier travel in high altitude.

Übungsleiter Skitouren 2015 by John O’Connor


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.


October 7 – October 8: Training activities at the AGM Weekend

The following courses are available (FOR MEMBERS ONLY), and must be booked through the office.

Discover rock climbing  – 6 places
Mountain biking improvers – 8 places
Ski touring seminar day – 30 places
Basic crevasse rescue – 12 places (A half day course: running both am and pm)
Ecology Walk – 10 places

Rock climbing improvers – 6 places
Discover mountain biking – 8 places
Historical walk – 15 places

Saturday and Sunday:
Navigation by GPS – 8 places  – Additional information sheet ##
Rescue & Emergency Care – First Aid – 12 places ##

[Updated 23 August 2017]