The course venue will be decided closer to the time depending on snow conditions. However the initial meeting point will be at the Ogwen Valley Visitor Centre, Ogwen Valley, North Wales.
Meeting Point Google Map
Who is this course suitable for?
This 1 day snow pack study and avalanche awareness course is aimed at those who spend time in the mountains during winter conditions and is suitable for trainee winter mountain leaders, hikers, mountaineers, ski tourers, back country skiers and boarders. You should have the skills to travel safely on foot, with or without crampons, over a variety of terrain and snow types in mountain terrain; this is not a winter skills course for novices.
Instructors and Ratios
The course is delivered by WML and MIC qualified instructors, more importantly is their personal years of experience in the back country environment on foot and ski around the world. They also have many years experience of delivering winter specific training to military and SAR personnel including snow science, snow study, transceiver search, digging strategies for victim recovery, as well as attendance at International snow science events such as ICAR and the International Snow Science conferences.
What kit do I need?
Full winter kit for hiking in to the working area, packed lunch, hot drink, clothing to keep you warm while watching demonstrations, metal snow shovel, avalanche probe.
How long is this course?
We aim to spend a full day on the mountain, out at 09.00 and back by 17.30.