Mountain Safety Courses and Talks

Staying safe in the mountains is a top priority at the Ski Club of Great Britain and that is why we are launching a comprehensive and varied mountain safety programme this winter.

Our talks, hands-on sessions and courses will teach you about crucial avalanche safety equipment, mountaincraft techniques and will prepare you for your next adventures in the mountains – whether on your own trip, a Freshtracks holiday or a Mountain Tracks trip.

With talks in the UK, on snow training days in the Alps, American Avalanche Association courses and our new, in-depth Mountain Leader Course, we’re spreading the mountain safety message further than ever before.

So read on to find out more about our fantastic mountain safety programme – why not join us to take your knowledge to the next level?

American Avalanche Association Level 1 

We’re excited to launch new avalanche safety courses out in the mountains this winter, designed to take your safety and awareness skills to the next level. Join us in Tignes this December.

This course is aimed at keen backcountry skiers and snowboarders. It provides a solid platform of learning for those who spend much of their winter in the mountains.
  • Course 1: 10th – 12th December 2019 (£475) Book here
  • Course 2: 14th – 16th December 2019 (£475) Book here

We will be using the American Avalanche Association’s Level 1 avalanche awareness and rescue guidelines and teaching methods on the course, giving you a formal qualification along with the skills you need when out in the backcountry. The course consists of approximately 22 hours contact time, the majority in the field, spread over three days with IFMGA mountain guides. It would provide a highly suitable introduction to snow science, it being the first required course for all winter mountain professionals in North America. The course follows the American Avalanche Association curriculum guidelines. No formal prerequisites are required to attend this course, however, it is recommended that students possess good winter snowsports skills and some first aid skills.

You will meet the group each morning at 8:45am at the Hotel Le Paquis in Tignes Le Lac where there will be a short indoor session before heading out on the mountain for the day. You will need to purchase a lift pass for the three days as you will be out on snow each day. Please also note that insurance, travel and accommodation are not included in the course fee. You'll be guaranteed to pick up the latest skills and techniques from our expert instructors, all whilst enjoying time in the mountains out on skis. With the AAA qualification under your belt you'll be better equipped than ever to tackle the backcountry in a safe and responsible manner – we couldn't recommend this course more highly!

To book please call team at The Ski Club headquarters: 020 8410 2022

Training Days On Snow

If you’re looking to develop your mountain safety skills and improve your use of vital safety avalanche safety gear, then book on to one of our one-day courses out in the Alps.

We’ll be running sessions in resorts in the French Alps throughout the winter, led by our expert team of instructors. These days are designed to improve your understanding of the snowpack, analyse the risks better and prepare you for skiing or boarding more safely in the backcountry. They also act as a great springboard for taking part in the AAA Courses or our very own Mountain Leader Course.

For more information or to book a slot, give our team a call on 020 8410 2039.

Jonathan Andrew

UK Courses and Talks

Before heading out to the mountains, join us in the UK for informative, interactive and interesting talks, courses and events. For more information head over to the Events Calendar.

These will be led by our team of in-house mountain safety experts, including our head of mountain safety and internationally renowned mountain guide, Bruce Goodlad.

  • Mountain safety talks
  • Avalanche transceiver training

Mountain Safety and Leadership Course

This course is one of the most comprehensive available in the industry and is designed to give participants the theoretical and practical knowledge to enhance mountain safety.

It runs for 10 days in Tignes, France, every December and includes professional training on ski performance, leadership skills and avalanche rescue skills. A team of six highly qualified mountain guides and instructors, including IFMGA-qualified Bruce Goodlad, host training sessions to familiarise participants with essential safety techniques and procedures.

This course takes the place of the former Leader’s Course as the Club’s premier development course and is required to become a Ski Club Rep. All training and instruction will be carried out by the Ski Club’s expert team, led by Head of On-Snow services, Owen Chapman, and head of mountain safety, Bruce Goodlad.

Take a look at a detailed course outline here or for more information call 020 8410 2039.

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