Course Dates for 2018-2019 – Alps
Level 1: Avalanche Fundamentals – Duration 2.5 days
Location:St Gervais (Chamonix Valley), France.
Date: 10th -12th February 2019 .
Cost: £295 per person
Courses start on the evening of the first day.
The course consists of approx. 22 hours contact time, including online case studies prior to the commencement of the course. The majority of the course is conducted on snow. It provides a highly suitable introduction to snow safety and is an ideal first course for serious backcounty skiers and winter climbers who are venturing into steeper ground and intend to travel through complex mountain terrain. The course follows the latest AAA curriculum guidelines.
Level 2: Advanced Avalanche Course (AvRec2) & Rescue Module – Duration 3.5 days
Location: St Gervais (Chamonix Valley), France.
Date: 7th-10th February 2019
Date: 14th-17th February 2019
Cost: £395 per person
This course is designed for backcountry leaders and is a gateway course for mountain professionals. It is designed to provide the student with a complete avalanche evaluation process separate from the published public safety bulletin. It has 24 hours of contact time over 2.5 days, split between early morning and evening classroom sessions. Daily afternoon mountain sessions take the form of a ski tour where students are expected to deploy and demonstrate the knowledge and skills learnt. Supervised decision making and appropriate terrain selection in avalanche terrain is encouraged.
This course is run in conjunction with the AAA syllabus intensive one day Rescue Module, providing 3.5 days of avalanche training in total. The course requires ski touring equipment. This is an advanced course and the pre requirement is that participants will have completed a recognised Level 1 course or work in a winter mountain environment and possess a solid knowledge of avalanche fundamentals.
Course Dates for 2018-2019 – Scotland
Dates: On request
Cost: £90 per person
This is a practical rescue course and consists of approx. 8 hours contact time and covers both class room and on mountain training. It teaches avalanche scene rescue management and co-ordination, multiple burial scenarios, advanced transceiver coaching, tactical digging, first aid and liaison with professional rescue agencies. This is the full one day input that is now a pre-requirement for our Level 2 course but is available here as a stand alone course. Perfect refresher training for anyone venturing into the backcountry this season and a must for all mountain professionals. The course follows the AAA curriculum guidelines. There is no requirement for ski touring equipment on this course.
Date: 23rd – 24th February 2019
Cost: £295 per person
Run in the Cairngorm mountains based out of Glenmore Lodge, this course consists of approx. 22 hours contact time, including online case studies prior to the commencement of the course. The majority of the course is conducted in the field. It provides a highly suitable introduction to snow safety for those preparing to take the winter ML or IML examination. This is a compulsory course for winter mountain professionals in North America. It is also an ideal course for serious backcounty skiers and winter climbers who are venturing into steeper ground and intend to travel through more complex mountain terrain both in Scotland and the Alps. The course fully adheres to the AAA syllabus and runs on ski touring equipment.
Cost: £295 per person. Maximum 4 people (This is a two instructor course. Ratio 2:1)
Operated out of either Aonach Mor or Cairngorms, this is a technical ski mountaineering course aimed at people who are already proficient back country skiers but lack the mountaineering knowledge to enable them to safely access the lines they wish to ski. It is run in conjunction with Di Gilbert. You should be confident skiing a black run in any condition with a rucksack. The course emphasis is on putting the mountaineering into your ski mountaineering; safely accessing and skiing steep terrain. During the 2 days we aim to cover: navigation on skis, ice axe & crampon techniques, refine skinning and steep kick turn techniques, booting, snow & rock belays, lowering & abseil techniques, advanced companion rescue strategies, terrain selection & avalanche education. The course will operate on ski touring equipment.