Training Courses – Alpine & UK

The alpine courses are organised for English speaking participants by the Alpenverein-Akademie, which is based at the Alpenvereinshaus, Innsbruck.

Details of these courses can be found at   Grants of up to €475 (but not more than 50% of course cost) are available to members who have at least 2 years’ continuous membership.  Details of courses and grants can be seen in the Members’ Area on (password required).

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


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.


July 15 – 21:  Basic Alpine Skills Training: Braunschweiger Hütte, Ötztaler Alps

The training is designed for fit hill walkers and suitable for those who are interested in a solid foundation for mountaineering. You practice the basics to move safely in rock and ice and learn about rescue techniques for galcier travel.

July 22 – 28: Improvers Alpine Skills Training: Jamtal Hütte, Silvretta

Experienced mountaineers are invited to refresh and improve their skills. Special rope techniques such as the laying of and moving on fixed ropes, advanced rescue techniques and thorough tour planning will prepare you for round trips in the high alps and more difficult peaks.

August 12 – 18: Basic Klettersteige Training, Gasthof Rechenhof, Innsbruck

For members who have good hiking experience and are new to Klettersteige. You will receive instruction about equipment, technique and tactics on via ferratas, prearing you to attempt Klettersteige tours independently. Stay in comfort near the town, with venues easy to reach with AV-A’s minibus.

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

July 1- 6: Übungsleiter Hochtouren, Warnsdorfer Hütte, Hohe Tauern

You will be trained in leading but also in rescue techniques, from the different aspects of crevasse rescue to retreat in case of sudden weather changes. Main issues covered are travel on glaciers, climbing of ridges on belay, as well as awareness of risks when planning a tour. 5 places.


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.


The programme below includes training events provided by AAC(UK) in winter mountaineering; climbing; and Alpine movement. Training in skiing and also some other skills can be accessed through courses provided by Glenmore Lodge, as indicated further below.

Winter Mountaineering

February 26 – March 2: Training for Winter Mountaineering, Glencoe, West Highlands

This event, provided by AAC(UK) and using qualified instructors, will deliver training in skills and techniques at two levels:

1) Winter Skills:  Learn and develop the skills for safe walking in the UK mountains in winter conditions. (6 places, ratio of 1:6): cost £75.  ##

2) Winter Mountaineering: Learn and develop technical skills for movement on steep ground and ridges. This course is flexible to allow for different abilities and aspirations. (12 places, ratio of 1:4 for days 1-2, ratio of 1:2 for days 3-5): cost £175. ##

Based at Glencoe Youth Hostel; members must book their own accommodation directly with the hostel for the nights of Sunday February 25 to Thursday March 1 inclusive.

March 3: Training in Winter Navigation, Glencoe, West Highlands

This course, provided by AAC(UK) and using qualified instructors, will deliver training in the additional skills required to navigate safely in winter conditions. It runs immediately after the training courses in Winter Mountaineering. 12 places, cost £15. Members must book their own accommodation, if needed.  ##

Winter Skiing

Training in skiing can be accessed through a selection of courses as detailed below under ‘Courses provided by Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms


The Club’s programme caters for beginners through to leading, and includes multi-pitch climbs.

April 7 – 8: Training in Climbing, Peak District, Derbyshire

Two courses, provided by AAC(UK) and using qualified instructors:

  • Discover Climbing: Become a rock climber! The instructor will get you climbing, showing what equipment you need and how to use it. (6 places, ratio of 1:6): cost £30.
  • Improvers: Develop your rope work and use of technical equipment, putting you on the right route for crag independence.

May 12 – 13: Training in Climbing, Peak District, Derbyshire

Two courses, provided by AAC(UK) and using qualified instructors:

  • Improvers: Develop your rope work and use of technical equipment, putting you on the right route for crag independence. (8 places, ratio of 1:4): cost £45.
  • Leading: You will learn protection, clipping and rope work, building belays, abseiling, route selection and grades.

June 4 – 8: Training in Multi-Pitch Climbing, Snowdonia

On this course, provided by AAC(UK) and using qualified instructors, learn and refresh all the skills required to climb multi-pitch routes. It will cover seconding as well as leading, depending on aspiration and ability.

Alpine Movement

The Club has organised two events that will cover key skills needed for the Alps.

April 13 – 15: Training in Alpine Movement (Young Adults), Snowdonia

This course, provided by AAC(UK) using qualified instructors, is for Young Adults who want to discover scrambling and alpine techniques through safe movement on rocky ridges and buttresses in preparation for alpine mountaineering.

May 9 – 11: Training in Alpine Movement, Snowdonia

This course, open to all members, aims to develop and practice techniques, including scrambling techniques, movement on rock, use of ropes for belaying and moving together.  Participants will have the opportunity to extend their stay to include the weekend to practice and consolidate newly acquired skills.

Courses provided by Glenmore Lodge, Cairngorms.

The Alpine Team have prioritised five courses which are likely to benefit members. The shorter duration courses could usefully be added to time already planned for mountaineering or skiing in the Cairngorms. These courses are run by Glenmore Lodge and are subsidised by AAC (UK) at 50%. Accommodation (not included in the courses or prices below) can be booked at the Cairngorm YH which is close by.


Avalanche Awareness 1  2 days. For novices and those who want to get good current advice. It would also suit trainees/holders of the Winter Mt Leaders Award.

Winter Navigation Improvers 1 day. For those who want to develop the skills required for confident and competent navigation in winter and poor visibility conditions.

Navigation for Skitourers and Freeriders 2 days. For those who want to develop the navigation skills to explore off the track. Good navigation skills are also key to avalanche avoidance.

Introduction to Off-Piste Skiing 3 days. For those wishing to explore beyond the boundaries of the piste, and learn how to adapt to the variable nature of off piste snow.

High Altitude Preparation 2 days. For those who are planning to take part in a Himalayan or equivalent trekking peak and have no experience of dealing with high altitude, clothing, snow and ice equipment and fixed lines.

[Updated 05 December 2017]

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