Training – Austria Courses

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Alpenverein-Akademie Courses
Winter Training 2019
Basic Training, Summer 2019
Akademie Courses for AAC(UK) Tour Leaders
Improvers’ Training, Summer 2019




These alpine courses are organised for English speaking participants by the Alpenverein-Akademie, which is based at the Alpenvereinshaus, Innsbruck. Details of these courses in English can be found here.

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). 15 places are reserved for the young adult grants on courses for 2019.  Grants cannot be given to members who are under 18 at the time of a course.

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Winter Training 2019

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

A Magnificent Day (Snowshoe training 2018) – Allan Hartley

For those who have done regular mountain hiking and are interested in getting into snowshoeing. You receive basic instruction in using snowshoeing equipment, safe ascent and descent with snowshoes, avalanche awareness and transceiver work, as well as search and rescue techniques. Max 8 per guide.


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

Basic Skihochtouren 2018 – Natalia Piechowiak

As an experienced ski tourer you learn the basics to attempt ski tours in glacier terrain independently and on your own responsibility. The course content includes basic rope and rescue techniques for glacier tours in high altitudes. Max 5 per guide.


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Basic Training, Summer 2019

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

Basic Alpine Skills 2018 – Shona Howie

This course is designed for fit hill walkers and suitable for those who are interested in a solid foundation for mountaineering. You will practice the basics to move safely on rock and ice and learn about rescue techniques for glacier travel. 5 per guide (2 groups, 5 places reserved for Young Adults.)


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

Group on Erlspitze – Uliana Kuzmisand

For those who have good hiking experience and are new to Klettersteige (via ferrata). You will receive instruction about equipment, technique and tactics on via ferrata, preparing you to attempt Klettersteige tours independently. Stay in comfort near the town.  5 per guide.

Group on Steingrubenkogel – Uliana Kuzmisand


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Details of the different types of Tour leader courses are outlined below, together with the application process for each. If you are approved for any of these courses, the course costs will be met by the AAC(UK). For more information about the courses, click on the course titles below. The course content can be found under the tab ‘Inhalte’ whilst the skills and experience can be found under the tab ‘Voraussetzungen’.

If you wish to speak to someone about the Get Ready or Übungsleiter Courses before applying, contact the relevant Head of Discipline:

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Get Ready Courses for Aspiring AAC(UK) Tour Leaders

Get Ready Courses are preparation courses organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie for those who want to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. These are not assessment courses, but prepare candidates for the skills needed for the Übungsleiter course.

February 26 – March 2: Get Ready: Ski Touring, Hotel Lizum1600, Axamer Lizum

This course prepares fairly experienced ski tourers for a future Übungsleiter ski touring course. 6 places.


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Übungsleiter Assessment Courses for AAC(UK) Tour Leaders

Übungsleiter Courses are assessment courses organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie for those who want to organise and lead tours on a voluntary basis. The emphasis is on refining and assessing the skill sets that candidates already have, with a particular focus on leadership and safety. This is particularly important for the Skihochtouren and Hochtouren awards, both of which require competence in rope techniques. Candidates are expected to have plenty of Alpine mountain experience.


March 9 – 13: Übungsleiter Ski Touring, Almi’s Berghotel, Obernberg ##

For aspirant ski tour leaders over non-glaciated terrain. With the correct application of ‘stop or go’ strategy and the ‘notfall lawine’ procedure, you minimize risk when leading ski touring groups. 6 places.


June 16 – 20: Übungsleiter Mountain Walking (Bergwandern), Hämmermoosalm, Leutasch

For those interested in leading general walking tours. You will be trained in how to familiarise groups with topics like surefootedness, balance and fitness in a methodical and skilled way, and gain an intensive first aid course. 8 places.


September 16 – 20: Übungsleiter: Mountain Biking, JUFA Hotel Wipptal, Steinach

For those interested in leading mountain bike tours. You will learn to plan tours safely and in an environment-friendly way.  Riding  techniques and equipment are also focal points of this course. 6 places


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Update courses for AAC(UK) tour leaders

Update courses are organised by the Alpenverein-Akademie and are designed for those with an Übunglsleiter qualification, which needs to be updated every 4 years.

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

The masterclass in ski mountaineering where you are challenged both physically and mentally. Staying at Essener-Rostocker, Kürsinger and Neue Prager huts. Max 5 per guide.



August 8-11:  Update Black Path & Alpine Routes, Pfeishutte, Innsbruck

Managing abandoned trails in difficult conditions, such as wet or old snowfields, can quickly get you into trouble on a mountain hike. What means can you use to ensure the safety of the group, what assistance can you offer to uncertain members of the group? Recommendations and tips from our professionals for an adventurous and accident-free Alpine Club Tour.


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Improvers’ Training, Summer 2019

The Alpenverein-Akademie is no longer offering Improvers training courses for English-speaking members. The Alpine Team are commissioning two Improvers courses for summer 2019 from the commercial arm of Sektion Edelweiss (based in Vienna) which is called WELTbewegend. WELTbewegend can offer ‘packages’, comprising accommodation and instruction, for training courses for English speakers.

The Alpine Team are in the process of confirming dates and content for the courses with WELTbewegend, and also securing confirmation that the training funds that we hold in Austria (with our parent club) can be used to offer grants to AAC(UK) members with at least 2 years continuous membership.

Provisional details of the two courses, which will be confirmed or otherwise as soon as practicable, are as follows:

July (tbc): Alpine Skills Improvers, 6 nights, Taschachhaus, Ötztal Alps


Aug/Sep (tbc): Klettersteige Improvers, 6 nights, Dachstein/Ramsau tbc


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