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Avalanche Knowledge & Rescue Trainig

Two-day course: Basic skills in avalanche safety and rescue procedures

Ski touring is a fantastic sport, no wonder that it is becoming increasingly popular. However, you need at least some basic skills to keep your risk at a minimum. A two-day avalanche safety and rescue course is the best primer.

„I have been teaching courses for the Austrian Alpine Club for more than ten years. I like to pass on my knowledge, based on many years of professional experience.“ Paul Held, certified mountain guide and ski instructor.

Theory: Learn what you need to know about avalanche danger in an easy to understand and enjoyable way.

Practical Training: Apply what you have learned in theory during a ski tour, training includes assessing terrain and the quick use of avalanche transceivers in emergency situations.

Price: € 180,- Euro per person (max. 8 persons, a surcharge applies for small groups of less than four). Groups of up to 30 persons are possible with several mountain guides.

Included: 2 days of theory with one day of practical training. Travel to the destination is not included. Share the ride with other group members for economical and ecological reasons.

Detailed Information:

  • Goals: Acquire the basic skills for risk reduction during ski touring or winter mountaineering.
  • Contents: Assessing terrain, weather, avalanche bulletin, possible dangers, terrain risks, avalanche hazard and danger levels. Risk management strategies, tour planning, simulation of an avalanche accident, search and rescue procedures, using an avalanche transceiver (beacon).
  • Head Instructor: Paul Held, officially certified mountain guide and ski school partner.
    Requirements: Some ski touring experience, sufficient fitness for 2-3 h ascent and descent.
  • Location ⁄Accommodation: In the mountains around Innsbruck, depending on conditions.
  • Equipment: Touring skis, split board or snowboard and snow shoes, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe. Rental safety equipment available.

Glacier & High Alpine Climb Training

Glacier mountaineering is a wonderful experience. But only if you know how to be safe you can truly enjoy it.  Our four-day glacier mountaineering course provides you with solid knowledge and practical experience, including rescue and self rescue techniques from crevasses.

Our base at Taschachhaus in the Oetztal Alps has perfect terrain on the nearby glacier. The highlight of this course is the summit of Wildspitze (3.770m), the highest peak of Tyrol.

Crevasse rescue near Taschachhaus:

Included services: Glacier mountaineering course with a certified ski and mountain guide, rental equipment, 4 days outdoor training, ascent of Wildspitze. Food and accommodation: Half board at Taschachhaus hut. Not included: Transport to the hut. Share the ride with other group members for ecological reasons.

Price: € 645,- per person, max. 6 persons. A surcharge applies for groups of less than four persons.

Course Contents

  • Equipment and material
  • Knots and roping up
  • Climbing and fall training
  • Walking with ice axe and crampons
  • Rock climbing with mountaineering boots
  • Belaying on glaciers
  • Rescue techniques
  • Mountain rescue exercise
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Map reading, using a compass
  • Correct procedures in case of accidents
  • Assessing alpine dangers
  • General tour planning
  • Summit tour