Training – Austrian Courses, Alpine Skills

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These alpine courses are organised for English speaking participants by WELTbewegend, the commercial arm of Alpenverein Edelweiss (a large ÖAV section based in Vienna). Details of these courses in English are published on the WELTbewegend website.  See ; then click on Bergsteigerschule and Kurse.

Training grants

Don’t be put off by the advertised prices as AAC(UK) members with a minimum of 2 years’ continuous membership can obtain a reduction of up to €500 (but not exceeding 50% of the course cost) by applying in advance to the AAC(UK) for an Alpine Training Grant. Young Adults, aged 18 to 24 at the time of the course and with a minimum of 2 years’ continuous membership, can obtain a reduction of up to €750 (but not exceeding 75% of the course cost). There are 15 Young Adult grants in total for winter and summer courses. If eligible, the grant will be paid by AAC(UK) in two stages: 50% on proof of the final payment to WELTbewegend and 50% on proof of successful completion of the course.

Provisional courses proposed for 2021

Basic off-piste

Are you an experienced skier, confident on black runs? Our mountain guide teaches you the required techniques and safety aspects to ski off-piste and help you to improve your performance in all types of snow. 8 places.  Village based.


Basic ski touring

The perfect choice for fit, experienced off-piste skiers to start ski touring! You should be able to ski on black runs, on all types of snow. You receive instructions in the use of skins, kick turns, safe riding, avalanche awareness and transceiver work, as well as search and rescue techniques.8 places.  Village based.


Improver ski touring

This course prepares fit, experienced ski tourers to attempt more difficult ski tours independently.  You should be able to ski on black runs, on all types of snow.  You learn how to plan tours, with the background of modern avalanche awareness and mountain rescue techniques. 6 places. Hut based.


Basic Skihochtouren

As a fit, experienced ski tourer you learn the basics to attempt independent ski tours in glacier terrain carrying a heavier pack. The course content includes basic rope and rescue techniques for glacier travel at high altitudes. 6 places.  Hut based.


Improver Skihochtouren

For fit, experienced ski tourers, this course provides an opportunity to improve your techniques and skill on glaciated terrain with a heavier pack, and your ability to organise independent ski tours.  There will be emphasis on mountain safety, avalanche awareness and rescue techniques. 6 places.  Hut based.


Basic snowshoe

For members who have summer mountain fitness and are new to snowshoeing. You receive instruction in the use of the equipment (safe ascent and descent with snowshoes), avalanche awareness and transceiver work, as well as search and rescue techniques. 8 places. Village based.


Improver snowshoe

If you have completed a basic snowshoe course or you have previous snowshoe experience, this course will help improve your snowshoe techniques, mountain safety and avalanche awareness to help you advance to independent tours, including easy glacier tours. 6 places.  Hut based.


Foundation course for alpine skills

This course is suitable for fit hill walkers used to walking on snow and is designed for those who are interested in a solid foundation for alpine moutaineering.  You will practise the key skills to move safely on rock and ice and learn about rescue techniques for glacier travel.  6 places.  Hut based.


Improver alpine skills

Experienced mountaineers are invited to refresh and improve their skills, including movement on glaciated and rocky terrain.  6 places.  Hut based.


Basic Klettersteig skills

For those who have good hiking experience and are new to Klettersteige (via ferrata). 8 places. Village based.

Winter courses previously provided by


January 18 – 24: Basic Off-Piste – Axamer Lizum, Stubai

January 19 – 25: Improvers’ Snowshoe, Lodge Krippenstein and Simony Hütte, Dachstein

February 9 – 15: Basic Ski Touring – Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

February 9 – 15: Improvers’ Ski Touring – Heidelberger Hütte, Silvretta

February 23 – 29: Basic Snowshoe – Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

March 15 – 21: Basic Skihochtouren – Jamtal Hütte, Silvretta – CANCELLED 10/03/2020

March 22 – 28: Improvers’ Skihochtouren – Franz Senn Hütte, Stubai – CANCELLED 10/03/2020


Summer courses previously provided by WELTbewegend:

July 20 – 26: Alpine Skills Improvers, 6 nights, Taschachhaus, Ötztal Alps (2019)

June 27 – July 3: Alpine Skills Basic Training, Braunschweiger Hütte, Pitztal – CANCELLED 24/03/2020

July 25 – 31: Alpine Skills Improvers’ Training, Taschachhaus, Ötztal – CANCELLED 24/03/2020

September  12 – 18:  Klettersteige Skills Training – Basic ‘plus’, Ramsau am Dachstein – CANCELLED 24/03/2020


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[Updated 09 June 2020]

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