Skitouring - Ski Touring Leadership Training Courses

Ski Touring Leadership Training Courses

Level 1: Basic Ski Touring Practical

Scheduled: Based on Demand         
Course cost: No Charge

One day on-snow training - designed to teach ski touring practice, over & above simple skiing techniques.

This level of Leader Qualification can be undertaken in two ways.

i)      Attendance at a start-of-season training day as a group skills-building exercise - focusing on planning of on-snow activities, ski & snowshoe-based mobility, group-management on-snow and risk management; Individuals attending the training Day are required to bring or hire their own skis/stocks/boots, to cover your travel to the location & any resort entry charges and trail-head fees. Bring some nibblies & lunch too.
Attendees can optionally snow-camp with the VBST Team-members on the Saturday night – in which case bring suitable snow-camping equipment (tent, mats, sleeping bag, stoves, pots, food) - as per the equipment list supplied upon request.

ii) Attending as a Leader on a scheduled See & Ski training days & demonstrating the required skill levels.

The Intermediate and Advanced Practical weekends are conducted as ski-tour trips led by the trainee Skitour Leader, accompanied by a VBST member and are an assessment of the Leader’s ability to ski and manage a group and themselves on a ski tour with differing degrees of difficulty

Level 2: Intermediate Ski Touring Practical

Scheduled: Based on Demand       
Course cost: No charge 

Two consecutive days training on-snow with snow-camping, scheduled as ski-tours consisting of Youth members led by the trainee Leader, accompanied by a VBST member. These training & assessment weekends will be scheduled in consultation with individual Leaders who express interest in gaining a Level 2 qualification.

Level 3: Advanced Ski Touring Practical

Scheduled: Based on Demand       
Course cost: No charge

To obtain the Level 3 qualification, extensive experience in a variety of snow country & conditions is required; assessed via a log of trips undertaken plus an assessment of ski touring & snowcraft skills over several ski trips.

Prerequisite Skills

Prior attendance at one of the Basic Skiing Skills  (See & Ski) days or demonstrable on-snow experience is a prerequisite for attendance at any ski-tour Leader training course.

Remaining Current

Ski Touring leaders are required to keep a log of touring trips for re-accreditation every three years and must continue to be active in skitouring to remain current and be re-accredited at the level of competence trained and/or qualified for.



Early email enquiries or expressions of interest to the address below are encouraged for all courses listed above.  If we know about it early in the year, we can arrange to fit it into the short snow season. Otherwise it’ll be the next year.