3 days


Our avalanche courses follow the American Avalanche Association guidelines.  Why?  The North Americans are far in advance of us Europeans in terms of avalanche education.  Their syllabus is tried and tested and gives you the knowledge, tools and systems to enhance your safety, decision making and enjoyment in the mountains.

American Avalanche Association (A3) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to professional excellence in avalanche safety, education and research in the United States.  We bring this expertise to you in Europe.

"...I cannot recommend it enough. I found it to be thorough and well constructed, significantly better than the last course 3-day course I attended. I feel much better equipped to make good, well thought out decisions when travelling in the backcountry."

Emily Horridge

"...We feel more capable after this course, and a lot more aware of what we don't know and don't control, and I think this training changed our lives.
Thank you, Iain and Paul, for the amazing 3 days.

Paulo Costa

"...I live in Chamonix and am keen to get out into the backcountry without needing a guide all the time. I have done similar training before, but this course gave me the confidence to go out and plan some simple touring in lower consequence terrain , to begin at least, and a taught a system for avalanche rescue that has stuck in my head, more than other approaches I have been taught."

Paul Mercer

AVALANCHE TRAINING - level 1 (rec)
(3 DAYS)  €400 pp 



American Avalanche Association
American Avalanche Association



During this 3 day course, you will learn the fundamental tools, techniques and skills to travel independently in the backcountry through avalanche terrain and put them to use.  We also spend half of day 1 on rescue techniques out on the mountain.  This course follows the American Avalanche Association (A3) syllabus so you can be assured it is one of the most thorough and applied courses you will find at this level.

The 3 days is a combination of theory and practice on the mountain in approximately a 30:70 ratio.  The theory will be based inside usually before heading out.  The main themes we will cover are:

  • Avalanche basics & characteristics

  • Terrain identification

  • Snowpack & weather

  • Information gathering - pre-tour, during & post-tour

  • Planning

  • Communication & decision making

  • Making relevant observations and how these impact on our plans

  • Terrain & travel choices

  • Companion rescue

By the end of the course, we expect you to be able to plan, carry out and review a backcountry day in low-complexity terrain.  From here its a combination of getting out and using your new skills to build your experience and moving on to Level 2 in Avalanche Training.

There is an assessment element to this course which is predominately done through a 'dynamic-assessment' and coaching conversations.​

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Minimum of 3 people and maximum 1:6 instructor/learner ratio for the benefit of your learning.​


Please get in touch to register your interest so we can keep you posted.

If you have 4 or more people please get in touch for private sessions.

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Course Dates:


2020/21 dates soon.  We will be running courses this winter.

Drop us an email to register interest and keep informed of upcoming dates.