Snow School
What is Snow School?

'Snow School' is a skills
course specifically designed to deliver the skills needed for safe movement in the mountains during the winter snow season.

 Learn to use snowshoe's, navigate safely in an environment avoiding avalanche terrain.
Learn how to use crampons to cross shallow ice covered slopes and the techniques of ice axe arrest.
Dig a snowhole and spend the night in it (temperatures go down to -25 at night). Or perhaps you'd prefer a 'Snow Pit' (slightly warmer as they are usually dug in a forest and you have a nice cozey log fire - if you've put the effort in and got it dug in time!). Learn to use your avalanche transceiver to pin point avalanche buried 'victims'. On Sunday you'll put all the skills into practice to rescue avalanche 'victims'.

Finally, on Sunday night, relax in a 4 star hotel with Jacuzzi and sauna before sitting down to dinner.


Where does it take place?

In the Northern Dolomite region of Italy, at the Eastern end of the Val Pusteria near the Italian/Austrian border (see the map to the left).


When can I go?

Saturday 20th January - Saturday 27th January 2018

Saturday 24th February - Saturday 3rd March, 2018


The Programme

Saturday - Transfer to hotel, welcome brief and kit issue. Dinner with your guide.

Sunday - Planning a route in winter conditions, weather report interpretation (indoors), Avalanche risk evaluation (out on the mountain), understanding your Avalanche transceiver/practice rescue.

Monday - Safe movement on snowshoes, crampon and ice axe use on steeper terrain, ice axe arrest on steep ground.

Tuesday - Expedition day 1 - Use the skills learnt so far to navigate a safe passage to a summit and on to a hut. Stop on route to learn how to dig out emergency shelter.

Wednesday - Expedition day 2 - a second summit and building a snow hole - overnight in snowhole or mountain hut.

Thursday - Expedition day 3 - a final summit and Avalanche rescue team exercise.

Friday - A mountain journey, concentrating on the nature viewing opportunities and appreciation of the winter environment. More consolidation of new skills - clients choose which skills. Final dinner in the evening.

Saturday - Depart for Verona airport after breakfast.


Friday evening's accommodation. After being dropped off and donning snowshoe's and gear we spend a couple of hours on the walk in, practicing some navigation on route
Preparing Saturday evening's accommodation for those on the overnight stay in a snowhole. This filmclip was from a previous trip to the Majella range in Abruzzo, Central Apeninnes, Italy. 

Prices

£1,449.00 per person*

*Based on a minimum of 6 people (maximum group size per guide, 8 persons)

Inclusive of the following:

Transfer: by private mini bus from Verona airport at start and end of trip.

Equipment: snowshoes and poles, avalanche transceiver, snowprobe, shovel, ice axe, crampons.

Guide: UIMLA qualified, maximum ratio of 1:8
 
Full board accommodation:

Hotel - Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Friday
Mountain Hut - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


Not Included

Drinks

Getting to Verona Airport from anywhere on the planet




*Mountain refuge accommodation is Dormitory style (Bunk Beds).
**Hotel Accommodation is twin shared. Single suppliment apply's




For further information or to make a booking call
0044 7955 280053

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The Kreutzbergpass Hotel, accommodation on the final evening.
After all the hard work you can use the full facilities the hotel has to offer before we sit down to dinner

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