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International Mountain Leader Winter Assessment

Qualify LEVEL | 5 day(s)


The Winter IML Training, Assessment and Re-assessment course program run the courses from Canton Fribourg in Switzerland, based in and around the Schwarzsee ski area. We would recommend looking for accommodation options in the Schwarzsee ski area or the Plaffeien area. We will be in touch regarding the exact meeting point for each course a few days before the start date.

This course covers the skills required to lead and manage a group under your supervision in winter in the ‘middle mountain’ (rolling Nordic type terrain) environment. To attend this course you must have passed the IML Summer training course.

Your course can be booked online by making payment in full, or by calling the booking office on 01479 861256 to pay a deposit (25%) * . We recommend purchasing travel insurance at this stage.


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You should be familiar with the syllabus and guidance notes contained in the International Mountain Leader Award Handbook provided by MTUK. The program is viewed in conjunction with the MTS Guidance Notes & Prospectus and Syllabus. Although the course is divided, with certain days concentrating on specific aspects, the assessment looks at your overall performance over 5 days. It is not viewed as a modular type of assessment.

Planning exercise: Please plan a 3-day intro to snow shoe course.

To include:

• Each day’s route (detailed mapping) and teaching plan

• Weather and avalanche forecasts

You are free to choose how you present this e.g. paper copy or electronically.



Before you book onto an International Mountain Leader Winter assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have passed the International Mountain Leader Summer assessment
  • You must have completed International Mountain Leader Winter training (or been granted exemption from IML winter training)
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have physically attended and completed (i.e. not online) a first aid course which involved at least two full days or sixteen hours of instruction and included an element of assessment
  • You must have logged a minimum of 60 days experience: 30 quality international summer days and 30 quality winter days (of which at least 10 should be overseas).

The International Mountain Leader Winter assessment is 5 days long and is based outside the UK.


The course assesses you on the skills required to lead and manage a group under your supervision in winter in the ‘middle mountain’ (rolling Nordic type terrain) environment.


Research Required

Please prepare prior to your arrival two 10 minute interactive and practical presentations that can take place on the hill on a topic that relates to the IML award.

Leaders Resource Pack

Each candidate must produce a Leaders Resource Pack which details relevant information for them operating as a leader in the area of assessment. It should include information that would assist the leading of a group in the assessment area, such as transport information, hut information, emergency information and environmental facts relating to the area. This should be in a format that allows it to be carried during the assessment.

Useful Books

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

MTUK International Trekking Handbook

Animal Tracks and Signs

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Step 2

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Please note this is a non-residential course.





Personal winter hill kit Transceiver, probe & shovel Snow shoes and walking poles Leaders rucksack to include a ML rope, axe, group shelter etc.

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