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International Mountain Leader Winter Training

Qualify LEVEL | 5 day(s) | Ratio 1:6


The WIML 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 already completed your IML Summer award.

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 you also consider purchasing travel insurance at this stage.


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During the week the aim is to help develop your knowledge of leadership and group management skills when operating with groups on snow covered terrain with snowshoes. For more information on syllabus content please visit Research Required: Please prepare prior to your arrival a 5 minute interactive and practical talk that can take place on the hill on an environmental topic of your choice.


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

You must have successfully completed your International Mountain Leader Summer Training.


The 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 already completed your IML Summer  course. Useful books: Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain MTUK International Trekking Handbook Animal Tracks and Signs


The main topics to be covered are:

  • Winter Leadership
  • Personal movement skills (with and without snowshoes)
  • Use of maps, guides and local weather forecasts for planning
  • Avalanche awareness and snow pack evaluation
  • Route choice, navigation and safe travel
  • Transceiver search and rescue techniques
  • Emergency procedures including the use of a rope, ice axe, cold injuries and emergency shelters

Winter IML Training Program

The program is a general guideline and will be influenced by weather and hill conditions. Common themes that will support the week are leadership, snow and avalanche conditions, flora and fauna.

Avalanche Awareness E-Learning

Prior to your course, please watch Glenmore Lodge’s Avalanche Awareness lecture, then take a look at the free Be Avalanche Aware E-learning course, which introduces you to this important tool for all winter mountain users. It outlines the decision-making process and the fundamental considerations of assessing avalanche hazards in the winter mountains.

Pathway to Effective Leadership E-Learning

It is also worth taking the time to work through Mountain Training’s Pathway to Effective Leadership online resource, which is aimed at supporting candidates, tutors and directors in their leadership roles and development.

Chris Walker Memorial Trust Avalanche Webinars

We recommend attending one of the avalanche webinars delivered by the Chris Walker Memorial Trust. Webinars dates are listed below, and bookable through the Mountain Training CMS.

· 13th October

· 14th October

· 27th October

· 28th October

· 10th November

· 11th November

Step 1

Book your course place online

Step 2

Call to book accommodation. Prices from £60pn



Please note this is a non-residential course. You will need to arrange your own accommodation.



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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