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 will be published on the Sektion Edelweiss website as soon as all information is available. 

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€ (TBC) – but not more than 50% of 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€ (TBC) – but not more than 75% of course cost.

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Winter training 2020

Courses listed below are not yet open for booking, as some of details are still being finalised. Members will be informed when courses are open for booking.

Members booking for one of the courses can do so via the Alpenverein Edelweiss website, but correspondence will come directly from WELTbewegend once booking is made (see the link to the website under the course entry below). 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 WELTbewgend offers you a place and the remainder at least 20 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.

To find out more about the courses, contact WELTbewegend on +43 1 513 85 00 or  Business Hours: 9.00 – 18.00 (Mon-Thurs), 9.00-17.00 (Fri)

Subject to the availability of funds, AAC(UK) members with a minimum of 2 years’ current and continuous membership are eligible for grants towards the cost of the Improvers training courses organised by WELTbewegend. For 2019, such grants are for EUR500 or 50% of the cost of the course, whichever is the lower. For each course two Young Adults (aged 18-24 at the time of the course) may also apply for a higher grant of EUR750 or 75% of the course, whichever is lower. 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.

Grant allocation guidance – Click for info:

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

  1. Grant Application Form (and Course Resumé for Improvers’ courses and Basic Skihochtouren) 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.

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

Are you an experienced skier, confident on red 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.


January 19 – 25 (TBC): Improvers’ Snowshoe, Lodge Krippenstein or Simony Hütte, Dachstein

For those who have completed a basic snowshoe course or with previous snowshoe experience, this course will help improve your snowshoe techniques, mountain safety and avalanche awareness to help you advance to independent tours. It will include easy glacier tours.


February 9 – 15: 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.


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

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.


March 4 – 10 (TBC): 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.


March 15 – 21: Basic Skihochtouren – Jamtal Hütte, Silvretta

As an experienced ski tourer you learn the basics to attempt independent ski tours in glacier terrain. The course content includes basic rope and rescue techniques for glacier travel at high altitudes.


March 18 – 24 (TBC): Improvers’ Skihochtouren – Franz Senn Hütte, Stubai

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


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Summer courses previously provided by the Alpenverein-Akademie:

August 11-17: Basic Klettersteige Skills Training, Weissbach bei Lofer

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

July 14 – 20: Basic Alpine Skills Training, Braunschweigerhütte, Mittelberg


Winter courses previously provided by the Alpenverein-Akademie:

April 18 – 21:  Update Skihochtour (hut to hut), Venediger Group

March 17 – 23: Basic Skihochtouren Training, Jamtalhütte, Galtür

February 24 – March 2: Basic Snowshoe Training, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

February 14 – 17: Update Skitour (hut to hut), Stubai Alps

February 3 – 9: Basic Ski Touring Training, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg

January 20 – 26: Basic Off Piste Training, Hotel Lizum1600, Axamer Lizum


[Updated 11 September 2019]

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