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.
Alpine Ski Touring Courses – Winter 2015 – Austria
Jan 25-31: Alpenverein-Akademie Basic Off-Piste Skiing, Hotel Waldhof, Gerlos, 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. 7-8 participants per guide. Book by 18 December. FULLY BOOKED
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.
Alpine Courses – Summer 2015 – Austria
Jul 19-25: Alpenverein-Akademie Alpine Skills Course at Braunschweiger Hütte, Ötztaler Alpen, Austria.
Group instruction on glacier travel, crevasse rescue, movement over steep ground, rope handling, mountain rescue, first aid, navigation, alpine danger awareness. 5-6 participants per guide.
Jul 26 to Aug 1: Alpenverein-Akademie Alpine Skills Improver Course at the Jamtalhütte, Silvrettagruppe, Austria.
This builds on the Alpine Skills course to further develop your skills, to gain the ability and confidence to organise your own alpine tours. 5-6 participants per guide.
Aug 9–15: Alpenverein-Akademie Introduction to Alpine Rock Climbing Course at the Stripsenjochhaus, Wilder Kaiser, Austria.
Originally a stronghold of the Munich and Kufstein climbing schools, alpine history was written in the Wilder Kaiser. For 100 years the sport of climbing has developed on rocks like Totenkirchl, Fleischbank and Predigtstuhl. It was here where Hans Dülfer created new climbing styles and techniques, Helmut Kiene and Reinhard Karl opened the first route rated VII° with Pumprisse, and it was on Fleischbank where Stefan Glowacz climbed “des Kaisers neue Kleider” (X+), the most difficult route so far. 5-6 participants per guide.
Aug 16–22: Alpenverein-Akademie Introduction to Klettersteige Course, based at Gasthof Rechenhof or similar, Innsbruck, Austria.
Many different categories of via ferrata are located close to Innsbruck, making it possible to have a varied and informative course. Learn more about equipment, technique and tactics. Stay in comfort near the town, with venues easy to reach with the new Bergmobil (minibus). 5-6 participants per guide.
Aug 30 to Sep 5: Xtreme Rock Workshop, Cinque-Torri-Hütte, Dolomites.
This is a new experimental workshop for competent rock climbers who wish to up their skills with some personal tuition. The course will be based at the Cinque-Torri-Hütte for five days of intense climbing on the famous Cinque Torri towers located twenty minutes from the hut. We need 6 members for this to run. Cost (to be advised) but for members a Category A grant may apply.
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. FULLY BOOKED
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 ÖAV.
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.
[Updated 13 December 2014]