Safe ascent und descent on skies on glaciated terrain: For experienced ski tourers, this course provides an opportunity to learn the basics to attempt ski tours on glaciers, on your own responsibility. The course includes basic rope and rescue techniques for glacier tours as well as the ability to organise independent ski tours. There will be emphasis on mountain safety and avalanche awareness.
The following is a typical schedule with the guide fine tuning the plan according to the prevailing weather conditions and the experience of the group:
DAY 1: Bus 320 runs hourly from Innsbruck Railway Station to Längenfeld in Ötztal. Meet in Längenfeld at 12:00 at Intersport Glanzer in the centre right next to the church. You can rent your safety and ski equipment at Intersport Glanzer directly in Längenfeld. Together with the guide you will take a taxi to Gries (1572 m), the starting point for your ascent to the Amberger Hütte (2135 m), which takes about 2,5 hours. There is also a possibility for luggage transport to the hut. After dinner: preview of the activities of the week.
DAY 2: Refresh standards, Stop or Go, revision of transceiver search, pin point, shovel strategy, introduction to rope techniques on glacier. Reflections of the day.
DAY 3: Introduction to the equipment. Training tour refreshing technique for walking uphill, downhill, traverse, switchback, learning about elements of the avalanche status report (LLB) and its interpretation, repeating the use of avalanche emergency equipment, navigation on tour (map). Reflections on the day.
DAY 4 - 5: Training ski tours encouraging independent decision-making and implementation on tour including estimation of the terrain, lane setting, navigation with map, outdoor watch, compass and altimeter, smartphone with alpenvereinaktiv.com app. Stop or go and emergency avalanche procedures on tour (current evaluation and exercises, group searching, simple and complex searching scenarios, multiple burying). Improving shovel technique, first aid, emergency call (to mountain rescue) bivouac sack, ascent and descent on the rope, use of ice axe and crampons. On some days you will ski up to a Col, park your skies, walking/scrambling up a ridge to a summit (roped or unroped). Crevasse rescue: techniques for rescuing partner and self (Münchhausen better to put avalanche rescue and snow burial practice), rope technique and securing ice (screws) on easy ridges and firn. Improving skiing technique, Group dynamics in the mountain. Reflections on the day.
The following peaks can be climbed during this course: Wildgratscharte (3186 m), Zahme Leck (3226 m), Hinterer Daunkopf (3225 m), Schrandele (3393 m), Schrankogel (3496 m)
DAY 6: Final ski tour. Reflections on the day.
DAY 7: Farewell after breakfast. The guide will take you down to Gries continuing to Längenfeld in Ötztal. Luggage transport from the hut to the valley.
In the evenings there will be theoretical units on safety issues: weather, Stop or Go, emergency avalanche, navigation, alpenvereinaktiv.com app.
Refreshing avalanche bulletin forecast), avalanche awareness and avoidance Stop go Strategy
Inspecting and caring for your gear and outdoor equipment
Use of harness, crampons and ice axe, carabiners and ice screw
Expanding roping up and travelling on glacier with ski (ascent and descent)
Crevasse rescue techniques
Planning a glacier ski tour, alpine dangers, alpine weather
Orientation with map, Alpenvereinaktiv.com app
Daily pre-tour risk assessment & daily post tour evening debrief
18 years of age. Free from mental and physical handicap. Fitness to hike 1000 meters in altitude with your backpack (about 6 kg). Ski confidently off piste on moderately steep slopes up to 35° (you can ski most snow types without falls, able to respond to the guide´s instructions). Walk uphill on skis at 400m / hour for 3 continuous hours and be capable of doing this for 4 consecutive days Completion of the Improvers Ski Touring Training.
Max. Teilnehmer / Guide
Maximal 6 Teilnehmer*innen pro Guide.
Accommodation at Amberger Hütte in multiple bed rooms
Halfboard (breakfast and dinner)
English speaking instructor from the Bergsteigerschule Alpenverein Edelweiss
Services not included:
Additional meals and beverages
Luggage transport to/from the hut
Rental equipment (skis, skins, sticks, transceiver, probe, shovel)
€ 1.490,00 Normalpreis
€ 1.385,00 Preis für ÖAV-Mitglieder
Bitte beachte unsere Teilnahmebedingungen (AGB) und die angeführten technischen und konditionellen Anforderungen.
Die Anmeldung ist online oder persönlich in unserem Mitgliederservice möglich.
Unser Team steht dir für Auskünfte gerne per E-Mail, persönlich oder telefonisch zur Verfügung.
Mo. - Do. 09:00 - 14:00
Walfischgasse 12 , A-1010 Wien
Telefon: +43 650 494 75 89