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 2021 with membership in 2019 and/or 2020 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, with membership in 2021 and 2019 and/or 2020 can obtain a reduction of up to £750 (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 2021 courses

March 28 – April 3: Improvers Ski Touring, Heidelberger Hütte, Silvretta – Cancelled

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.


March 7 – 13: Basic Snowshoeing, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg – Cancelled

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.


March 14 – 20: Basic Skihochtouren, Jamtal Hütte, Silvretta – Cancelled

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.


March 21 – 27: Improvers Skihochtouren, Franz-Senn Hütte, Stubaital – Cancelled

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.


March 21 – 27: Improvers’ Snowshoeing, Lodge Krippenstein/Simony Hütte, Dachstein – Cancelled

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.


April 2 – 8: Basic Ski touring, Lizumer Hutte, Tuxer Alpen – (New dates)

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.


Summer 2021 courses

July 4 – 10: Foundation Alpine Skills, Braunschweiger Hütte, Ötztal

This course is designed for fit hill walkers who wish to gain a solid foundation in alpine mountaineering. You will learn and practise the key skills and techniques to move safely on snow, ice and rock. This will include travel on glaciated terrain and crevasse rescue techniques.


July 25 – 31: Improvers’ Alpine Skills, Taschachhaus, Pitztal

Improve your basic skills in rock climbing as well as undertaking various exercises on the glacier. Some important theoretical units will complete the content of this course.


September 12 – 18:  Via Ferrata, Biohotel Feistererhof, Ramsau am Dachstein

For members who have good hiking experience and are new to Klettersteige/Via Ferrata. You receive instruction for the use of the equipment, technique and tactics on Via Ferrata to attempt tours independently.


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 –
Head of Discipline for mountaineering and Klettersteige – Justin Mash –

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.

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 22 February 2021]

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