The nitty-gritty...

What you need to know for all of our courses

What you need to know:
The nitty...


What is included on a course: 

  1. Professional instruction

  2. Course workbooks (where applicable)

  3. Classroom and field instruction

What is not included on a course:

  1. Transportation to and from the venues

  2. Lift tickets (You will be advised pre-course however bring your wallet!)

  3. Personal gear

  4. Avalanche rescue gear

  5. Personal Insurance

  6. Food and fluid

If you need to hire any kit (Transceiver, Shovel, Probe, Skis, Skins etc) let us know.  We recommend the Concept Pro Shop in Chamonix.  Click here for their website and address.

Our courses are a combination of theory, classroom-based (sometimes in a cafe/bar) and time in the field so come prepared for both.  i.e. a bit of cash for a coffee and croissant in the cafe/bar and sufficient fuel and fluid for the fieldwork.

Skiing Ability:

For the Avalanche Rescue & Fundamentals course, all you need to be able to do is get around on skis in varied terrain.  Basically, if you've had a weeks skiing you'll be okay.

On the Avalanche Training Level 1, you need to be 'intermediate'.  You can ski any 'blue' run in control and have some experience of varied and off-piste terrain but not essential.  If you have experience of using touring equipment that's great.  We will be travelling in low consequence backcountry terrain on day 3 of the course.


Please ensure you have rescue and personal insurance that covers you for the whole mountain outside of ski areas, not just off-piste.  Please check your policy.


Equipment.  As a minimum you will need:

Touring set - Ski / split-board equipment with appropriate skins, ski crampons (couteaux) and poles with big baskets on.  We have had people with snowshoes and a Board in the past.  It kinda works but can be monstrously hard work and slow if you have this combo for touring.  Think about hiring a split-board set-up for the course.  Most importantly bring what you'd normally si off-piste / backcountry with.


Transceiver (digital), probe and shovel.  If you are buying one for the course contact us first.  We can recommend decent ones.  Basically they need to be robust.  The light-weight ones won't cut it and we may even demonstrate this by bending them out of shape!  Look at the BCAG3gear and Ortovox kit.  We use this stuff but there are other suitable makes too such as Black Diamond and Mammut.  Don't scrimp on this kit!

If your transceiver is more than about 15yrs old or you can't remember how old it is and you don't know if it is digital it's probably worth buying a modern replacement.


Suitable clothing for running around in the snow and standing around.  You will go from hot to cold so make sure you have the right kit.  Two pairs of waterproof gloves as a minimum as we spend a lot of time with our hands in the snow!  Oh, and a rucksack to put kit in that you can also attach skis / board too.

There is a kit list you can download in the Resources section (click here) of the website.  It is what I use and I hate being cold so alter it to suit your self.

Other things:

We often use the lift system to access areas faster to increase your learning time.  You will likely need a lift ticket for the area we are in.  We will advise this prior to the course but please come with an open mind.  We are dealing with mountain weather and plans can change by lunchtime!

Writing and note-taking.  Ideally waterproof paper and pencil.  You can buy such note pads in most outdoor stores.  We will provide workbooks where appropriate which will be on ordinary paper and for use in the theory sessions and for the homework (yup, there is homework on the Avalanche Training course).

The gritty...


I Am Adventure (IAA) must have written notice of cancellation in our office via email. If this cancellation is received 30 days or more prior to the start date of the course, IAA will offer a full refund of course fees less a £30 processing fee.  If cancellation notice is received 21 days prior to the start date of the course, IAA will offer a 50% refund of fees. If cancellation notice is received within 20 days prior to the start date of the course, fees are non-refundable.

If you would like to move to a different course, IAA must have notice in our office via email or phone 21 days before the course.  We do our best to work with change requests but we cannot guarantee any course changes.  If we can fill your spot on the initial course, there will be a change fee of £75.  If we are unable to fill your original spot, all fees will be forfeited.

We encourage the purchase of travel insurance (including medical and rescue insurance) to cover the costs of cancellation fees, airfare, and other non-refundable expenses in the event that one needs to cancel from the course, IAA cancels a course, or one is injured prior to, or on, the course.

If IAA cancels the course for any reason, a full refund of course fees will be given. IAA is not responsible for any additional costs incurred, not limited to but such as airline tickets, hotel rooms, equipment, medical expenses, etc.