Training Courses

Alpine Ski Touring Courses – Winter 2015 – Austria

These courses are organised for English speaking participants by the Alpenverein-Akademie, based at 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 training course pages in the Members’ Area.

Jan 25-31: Alpenverein-Akademie Basic Off-Piste Skiing, Hotel Höhlenstein, Zillertal, Austria.

Become a safe skier in any snow conditions. Learn one of 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. 6-8 participants per guide.

Feb 15-21: Alpenverein-Akademie Basic Ski Touring Training, Heidelbergerhütte, Silvretta, Austria

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 participants per guide.

March 8-14: Ski Touring Day Tours with Instruction, Heidelbergerhütte, Silvretta, Austria

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 participants per guide.


Alpenverein-Akademie Tour Leader Training and Assessment Courses -  2015 – Austria

Feb 2015: Übungsleiter Skitouren

6 places available at the Lizumer Hütte, Tuxer Alpen. For those interested in becoming Ski Tour Leaders. Price for Tourenführer-Anwärter† (Aspirant Tour Leader) €70.

July 2015: Übungsleiter Bergwandern

8 places available at the Weidener Hü̈tte, Tuxer Alpen. For those members interested in leading general walking tours. Price for Tourenführer-Anwärter† (Aspirant Tour Leader) €70.


Übungsleiter 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 OeAV. To discuss the courses, and for more information, contact Allan Hartley: see the training course pages in the Members’ Area.


Possible UK training courses

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

Courses include: Mountain Awareness Day / Winter Skills for Walkers / Alpine Skills First Aid - Rescue and Emergency Care / Introduction to Scrambling / Introduction to Rock Climbing / Emergency Procedures for Rock Climbers / Navigation Essentials / More Navigation / Navigation by GPS.

For further details, see the training course pages in the Members’ Area.

[Updated 11 September2014]

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