Snow School

Coming to the Italian Alps and Dolomite regions of Italy, this winter, 2016/17


Tough Mountain Snow School is available to run Avalanche Awareness Courses, Winter Mountain Walking and Winter Survival shelter building for anyone going out in the mountains this winter.

















Avalanche Awarness Courses

These one or two day courses are ESSENTIAL for:

'Off Piste Skiers' and Snowboarders

Winter Mountain Walkers heading out into the backcountry, whether on marked paths or not.


The Avalanche Awareness Course - Single Day

Focuses on those skills necessary to avoid avalanche terrain and to enable you to survive and rescue others in your group that might get caught in an avalancheLearn the skills needed to understand:


  • Where to obtain the latest Avalanche Bulletins, how to interpret them and the graphs and relevance of wind direction, sunlight etc.

  • Develop knowledge of the most common types of Avalanche (Wet, Powder,Slab), why, when and how they occur.

  • Plan safe mountain journeys avoiding avalanche prone slopes.

  • Find out what is going on within the snow pack on slopes you'll be travelling across and  be able to carry out the relevant snow profile tests.

  • Become an expert in the use of your avalanche transceiver to locate someone who has been buried

  • Learn how to put snowprobe and shovel to best use and  undertake a practice exercise to enable safe rescue of others



Two Day Courses also available, focusing beyond the basics to gain more knowledge of snow profiling


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Winter Alpine Mountain Walking - a One Day Course

Learn about safe travel on snowshoes or crampons
Navigation - day or night
Step cutting on steeper slopes
Ice axe arrest to brake a slide
Snow bollard and ice axe belays to bring your buddies up steep slopes 
Improvised shelter building


Overnight Shelter Building

Snow hole for a safe and secure overnight shelter on ridges above the tree line (see the video clip)

Snow pits - a warmer snow shelter within the tree line (up to 1,900 metres)

Spend a day learning and building either or both!. Great fun for families or just the kids.
Prices

Avalanche Awareness - One Day Course   £99 per person*
(Includes snowshoes)

Winter Alpine Walking Skills    £99 per person*

Shelter Building      £299 per group, up to 6 people

Course locations - Anywhere in the Italian Alps or Dolomite's - we come to you, so that the tuition takes place in area's where you'll be ski-ing or walking.

*minimum booking per course, 3 people. 


Enquiries and Bookings

Click here to send an enquiry or request a Skype chat -
 
or

Call 0044 7955 280053



Course Notes

Clothing - On ALL courses you should have sufficient warm clothing (Thermal base layer top and bottoms, fleece and down jacket, warm hat, Waterproof Jacket and Trousers and 2 pairs of gloves).  You will also need to bring a flask with hot drink in, 1 litre of water, lunch and snacks.

Personal equipment for the Avalanche Awareness course - you will require an Avalanche transceiver, Shovel and Snow Probe. If you do not have these please mention this when booking. I am happy to give advice on purchasing this equipment or arranging rental if you are not planning to purchase this equipment.

Personal equipment for the Winter Alpine Mountain Walking course - you will require an Avalanche transceiver, Shovel, Snow Probe, Crampons, Ice Axe, walking rope, 2 x 1 metre slings and 2 screw gate Karibeeners and a map of the area wherever the course is held. If you do not have these please mention this when booking. I am happy to give advice on purchasing this equipment or arranging rental if you are not planning to purchase this equipment.

Personal equipment for the Shelter Building courseyou will require an Avalanche transceiver, Shovel, Snow Saw and Snow Probe. If you do not have these please mention this when booking. I am happy to give advice on purchasing this equipment or arranging rental if you are not planning to purchase this equipment.

Additional Costs - Transport to/from the meeting point and any ski lift or Cable Car.
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