Course Dates for 2017-2018 – Alps
Level 1: Avalanche Fundamentals – Duration 2.5 days
Location: Tignes, France.
Date: 19th -21st December 2017 . (Sorry – course full)
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: Tignes, France.
Date: 16th -19th December 2017 (Sorry – course full)
Location: St Gervais (Chamonix Valley), France.
Date: 7th-10th January 2018 (Sorry – course full)
Cost: £395 per person
This course is designed for backcountry leaders and 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. Afternoon mountain sessions that take the form of a ski tour where students are expected to deploy and demonstrate the knowledge and skills learnt. Supervised decision making in avalanche terrain is encouraged.
It is run in conjunction with an intensive one day Rescue Module. 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.
Accommodation / Course venue
Once again we will run the December Alps courses from Tignes in December. Tignes is very snow sure, the early season snowpack being more interesting from a structure and stability perspective offering excellent learning opportunities. It also offers fast lift access to large avalanche terrain in the adjacent backcountry.
We have secured a great value package for the use of a chalet to act as accommodation and classroom for the Level 2 course. This accommodation package is mandatory for the Level 2 course so we can use their classroom.
7 nights accommodation, half board and transfer from Geneva Airport to Tignes (on Sat 16th December) is £350. The accommodation and meals run until Saturday the 23rd so you are welcome to stay and practice what you have learnt and get some skiing in after the course. There is a transfer back to the airport on Saturday the 23rd or if there is enough interest we can arrange for one earlier in the week. We’ve used this company before and the food and accommodation is great value.
The extra skiing days provide a great opportunity to start thinking about snowpack and check out conditions out prior to the start of the Level 2 course.
Course Dates for 2017-2018 – Scotland
Dates: 30th December 2017
Cost: £90 per person
This is a practical rescue course and consists of approx. 8 hours contact time and covers both class room and field inputs. It teaches avalanche scene rescue management and co-ordination, multiple practical burial scenarios with 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: 10th – 11th February 2018 (Sorry – course full)
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 examination, and 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 complex mountain terrain both in Scotland and the Alps. The course fully adheres to the AAA curriculum guidelines and runs on ski touring equipment.
Date: March 17th-18th 2018
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.