The Ski Club Mountain Safety and Leadership Course 2019 - Tignes

We are very excited to confirm the details for this year’s Mountain Safety and Leadership Course. It will run from the 3rd – 13th December 2019 in Tignes and will once again contain high-level instruction, avalanche safety training and leadership skills development – all led by our expert team out in resort.

As in previous years the course is available for anyone of the Purple Ski Club ski standard and above. The course will cost £2,899 and includes:

  • Set return transfers from Geneva to Tignes
  • Half board accommodation at the Hotel Le Paquis***
  • 9-day full area lift pass
  • All course content

This course will be the minimum requirement for anyone to act as a Ski Club Rep as part of our new in resort Rep service and on our extensive range of Ski Club Holidays including Freshtracks, Peak Experience and New Horizons. Please note if you have already passed the previous Leader course you do not need to attend this course and you are already qualified to act as a Rep.

There are four elements to the course, each of which will be assessed at the end of the ten days to make sure you reach the required standard.

Ski Performance (led by Andy Jerram)

This technical module will explore ski and snowboard performance. Using BASI trainers we will introduce modern ski performance techniques as well as introducing kit and equipment and how it affects our ski performance. The module will be delivered over two days on snow.

Day 1 – On Snow. Objective – To introduce correct ski/snowboard performance.

Day 2 – Training and Development. Objective – To introduce personal skiing/snowboarding performance assessment and training.

Leadership Skills (led by Dave Davenport)

This module will aim to introduce candidates to what makes a great leader. It will look at different approaches to leadership in all aspects of life and how we can bring that experience to the slopes. It will explore industry standard techniques on effective leadership through two intensive, practical off-snow sessions.

We’ll start by looking at what makes a great leader, before moving on to looking at creating a team and how the leader impacts this process, how we can communicate better and how to manage and control groups.

All Terrain Leadership (led by Bruce Goodlad)

This on-snow module will look at effective leading and group management in variable and off piste terrain. It will explore the considerations we must make when travelling in off piste terrain, what equipment is need when skiing away from the piste and how to ensure your group are safe.

Avalanche Rescue Skills (led by Bruce Goodlad, Mike Austin, Graham McMahon and Kathy Murphy)

The final module will take place at the end of the course and will teach best practice avalanche rescue technique. It will introduce candidates to correct accident procedure in the event of an avalanche and use practical exercises to assess candidates in effective rescue scenarios.

The level 1 American Avalanche Association Avalanche Safety Course will make up the main body of this module with an additional day on burial scenarios and effective rescue. It will be delivered on snow over three days, including a theoretical morning/evening session indoors.

If you would like to book onto the course or have any further questions, please call Owen Chapman on 020 8410 2039.

Does the following apply to you?

Ski/snowboard experience: You have skied/boarded regularly over the last three years and for at least 15 weeks in total.

Ski/snowboard standard: You should be of a purple skiing/boarding standard on and off piste.

References from Ski Club Leaders: You can provide two references from existing Ski Club Leaders

Your character: You are sociable, outgoing, have a sense of humour and an unselfish attitude when leading groups of all levels, from intermediates to experts.

Organisation: You are a good organiser with self-discipline who is able to keep paperwork up to date and organise time efficiently.

Languages: You can speak French, German, Italian or Spanish (this would be an added bonus but it's not essential).

Availability: You are available as a Leader for a minimum of two consecutive weeks each winter season.

If this sounds like you, then you've come to the right place!

If you have any queries about any of the above, please contact the Resort Operations Department, either by telephone on: 020 8410 2039 or by email to

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