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Ski mountaineering improvement guided course

Massimo Candolini, IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide and skiing fanatic, invites you to join him in this expedition to the Austrian Alps to learn more about ski mountaineering and its techniques and materials.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration3 days
Offer periodMar
Type of tripNot specified


If you are a ski mountaineering passionate wanting to deepen your knowledge, come with me! We will spend 3 days in the Alps acquiring specific knowledge about the sport and putting it into practice.

Whether you prefer descending through untouched snows or skiing away from the normal pistes, this trip will suit you.

Those who want to visit the mountains of the Austrian Alps at their own pace are welcome too.

During the course, you will enhance your knowledge on ascension techniques. In addition, you will learn about security in the management of exits, also on glacier situation.

Some of the topics the course will explore are: A.R.T.VA. searching techniques, orientation with compass, altimeter and GPS.

Moreover, we will talk about the choice and conduct of an itinerary and behavior on glaciers.

Finally, you will hear about off-piste ascent and descent techniques and how to assess the weather conditions.

And lastly, about risk of avalanches and resulting self-rescue.

The course also focuses its attention to the observation of the winter environment, the gorges, peaks, valleys, woods’ areas, etc.

This is done to discover the safest areas from the point of view of the risk of avalanches. And to point out the best tracks to follow upwards.

With maps, we will locate and draw the ski touring itinerary. We will furthermore decide on the tracks and micro tracks to ski through and their execution.

There are going to be several opportunities to put into practice the A.R.T.VA research skills. But first, we will have to go over the research theory.

You will later on have time to carry out a group A.R.T.VA. research.

The 3-day training will take place in the High Tauern in the Austrian Alps.

The Rostocker Hutte will be our accomodation.

On the first day, I will evaluate your skiing skills and develop an adequate off-piste progression.

Then, we will talk about ski mountaineering techniques and the materials needed.


So do not hesitate and adventure to the Alps to acquire a deeper knowledge on ski mountaineering. I promise you the trip will cover everything you need to know. I’ll be waiting for your contact. It will be a pleasure to guide you in the improvement of your skiing techniques.


You will need to take ski mountaineering clothing, extremely warm and light since you will carry it inside your backpack. The accomodation has a Bed&Breakfast style.




Day 1: Assessment of skiing level and commencement of the course

After evaluating your skiing level and talking about the materials needed for our expedition, we will explore some of the topics of the course.

Ascension technique level I: elementary advancement, ascent and diagonal advancement, lateral steps, turn steps, U-turns inserted in elementary point.

Off-piste ski technique level IV: diagonal, downhill inversion, opening turn, Guides’ change of direction.

A.R.T.VA. research: ascent and group verification of the A.R.T.VA., theory of the A.R.T.VA. research.

Day 2 to 3: Days to put into practice what you have learnt

2 days devoted to the practical part of the course. Further knowledge on glacier progression, level II of ascension with downhill inversion with skis points in Y. Also, you will continue learning about level IV ski mountaineering techniques.

Most importantly, we will spend a lot of time to revise the A.R.T.VA. concepts and techniques for a successful rescue.


About the guide

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We are inMont, a group of IFMGA Alpine Guides from Venezia Giulia Region.

We offer all range of mountain activities: mountaineering, rock to ice climbing, high mountains, ski mountaineering, expeditions in and outside Europe, and we organize courses.

We are Massimo Candolini, Guido Candolini, Gianni Dorigo and Andrea Fusari. In addition, some Alpine Guides of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region collaborate with us.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 299 each

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