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 title labelled ‘For English Speakers’.

Training grants

Don’t be put off by the advertised prices as AAC(UK) members in 2022 with membership in 2020 and/or 2021 can obtain a reduction of up to £575 (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, with membership in 2022 and 2020 and/or 2021 can obtain a reduction of up to £860 (but not exceeding 75% of the course cost).  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.

Winter 2022 courses:

Feb 5 – 11 Sat-Fri:  Basic Ski Touring, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg.

Safe ascent and descent on skis in moderate terrain – the perfect choice for off piste skiers to start ski touring! You receive instructions for the use of skins, kick turns, safe riding, avalanche awareness and transceiver work, as well as search and rescue techniques.


Feb 6 – 12 Sun-Sat:  Basic Snow-shoeing, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg.

Safe ascent and descent with snowshoes in moderate terrain! For members with summer mountain fitness who are new to snowshoeing. You receive instructions for the use of the equipment: safe ascending and descending with snowshoes, avalanche awareness and transceiver work, as well as search and rescue techniques.


Feb 20 – 26 Sun-Sat: Improvers Ski Touring, Heidelberger Hütte, Silvretta.

This course prepares experienced ski tourers to attempt more difficult ski tours independently. You learn how to plan tours with the background of modern avalanche awareness and mountain rescue techniques.


Mar 6 – 12 Sun-Sat: Basic Skihochtouren, Jamtal Hütte, Silvretta.

Safe ascent and descent on skies in glaciated terrain! As an experienced ski tourer you learn the basics to attempt ski tours in glacier terrain independently and on your own responsibility. The course includes basic rope and rescue techniques for glacier travel in high altitudes.


Mar 13 – 19 Sun-Sat: Improvers Snow-shoeing, Lodge Krippenstein/Simony Hütte, Dachstein.

Safe ascent and descent with snowshoes in more difficult terrain! For members with summer mountain fitness who have already done the “snowshoeing basic course” or at least have snowshoe experience. You receive instructions in the use of the equipment, safe ascending and descending with snowshoes in more difficult terrain, avalanche awareness and transceiver work, as well as search and rescue techniques and to plan independent snowshoe tours.


Mar 20 – 26 Sun-Sat: Improvers Skihochtouren, Franz-Senn Hütte, Stubaital.

For experienced ski tourers, this course provides an opportunity to improve your techniques and skills on glaciated terrain and your ability to organise independent ski tours.  There will be emphasis on mountain safety, avalanche awareness, glacier training and rescue techniques.



Applying for a training grant / Submission of resumé form

For members wishing to apply for a grant, the process is as follows:

  1. Grant Application and Course Resumé Forms needs to be completed before you make an online booking with WELTbewegend.
  2. These forms need to be returned to the AAC(UK) Office to check that you have the required membership history and experience.
  3. Once the AAC(UK) Office has confirmed this is acceptable then you can apply online for a place with WELTbewegend. 

Resumé forms are attached for all courses above to check you have suitable experience before making a booking with WELTbewegend. Even if you are not applying for a grant a Resumé form must be returned to the AAC(UK) Office for approval.

Once your application has been approved by the AAC(UK) Office you can then complete the WELTbewegend online booking form.  In the box marked ‘Anmerkungen’ enter ‘Approved by Alpenverein Britannia’.


Booking procedure

Courses are booked via the WELTbewegend website. See ; then click on tile labelled ‘For English Speakers‘.  At the top right of each page click on ‘Buchen’ to go to the booking form. Click here for the translation of key words.  Members must agree to the WELTbewegend’s Standard Terms of Business (click here for English version).

You will need to pay 20% of the total cost when WELTbewegend offers you a place and the remainder at least 30 days before the course starts. WELTbewegend’s preference is for payment by bank transfer in Euros. Payment by credit card is also possible, but needs to be by phone to the WELTbewegend office – the telephone number is below.

WELTbewegend on +43 1 513 85 00 or  Business Hours: 9.00 – 18.00 (Mon-Thurs), 9.00-17.00 (Fri).

Want to talk to someone in the UK first?
Head of Discipline for Ski-ing – Gerry Kenny –
Head of Discipline for Trekking and Snow-shoeing – Matt Nobles –

Although members are covered for rescue, medical costs and repatriation through members’ AWS insurance, it is advisable to take out personal  travel insurance as well so that you are covered for cancellation charges, and possible curtailment costs should you have to leave a course early.  This personal insurance must cover the proposed activities.


Climbing, hill and country walking, hiking, scrambling, mountain biking, mountaineering, klettersteig and snow sports (and any other similar activities) (the “Activities”) organised by Austrian Alpine Club (UK) (“AAC(UK)”) are physically challenging and carry risks that AAC(UK) cannot entirely eliminate. These include the risk of personal injury or death. In taking part in the Activities you acknowledge and accept these risks, being responsible for your own actions, involvement, health condition and safety.  All event participants must follow any safety warnings or instructions displayed or given to them by a leader or organiser (and ask a leader or organiser if anything is unclear). In the absence of any breach of duty by AAC(UK), participation in the Activities is entirely at participants’ own risk.

See articles written by members on courses in Austria.  Interested in more courses? click to see the Leaders’ training page.

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[Updated 21 September 2021]

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