International Mountain Leader Assessment Winter
  • Alpine
  • 5 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

International Mountain Leader Assessment Winter

  • Hike
  • Mountain Training Award
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This five day assessment is the final stage you're required to complete before qualifying as an International Mountain Leader. You'll be assessed on the skills and techniques required for an IML to safely lead groups in appropriate terrain in winter conditions. Your technical skills will also be assessed; personal movement with and without snowshoes, use of ice axe and ropes as emergency tools, transceiver use and search skills, snow pack evaluation, avalanche awareness and use of maps and guides for planning appropriate winter journeys.You'll need to be familiar with, and prepared to demonstrate all aspects of the International Mountain Leader syllabus. A copy of the candidate handbook can be downloaded from the Mountain Training website.

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The Objectives

The International Mountain Leader scheme (IML) provides comprehensive training and assessment for individuals who aspire to work as leaders in Europe and further afield. It integrates training, experience and assessment in a variety of realistic situations. The scheme provides training and assessment in the skills required for leading and educating groups worldwide in summer conditions and also on easy snow-covered, rolling, Nordic-type terrain in the “middle mountains” in winter conditions.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

This course is based in Morgins - Portes du Soleil, Switzerland. Please arrive for 9.00am on the morning of the first day of the course prepared for a day out snowshoeing where the instructors will meet you for a short briefing

Over the five days we will assess your understanding of

Winter leadership and group care in winter conditions

Personal movement skills on snow (with and without snowshoes)

Route choice, terrain evaluation, and safe travel

Avalanche awareness and snow pack evaluation

Transceiver use, search techniques and teaching TPS

Snow craft and use of ice axe for safeguarding the party

Emergency winter rope work, including simple snow belays

Dealing with accidents, emergency shelters and cold injuries

Use of maps, guides, and weather information for planning

Navigation skills form an integral part of each day's assessment. Throughout the five days, your knowledge will be questioned on all aspects of the winter environment. At the end of each day, there'll be an opp

Experience Required

You should have the following;

  • Logbook/Mountain Training registration number for Dlog that includes evidence of the following:
    • Thirty quality winter mountain days (ten overseas)
    • Further experience as appropriate
    • Record of Summer Assessment pass and a 5 day IML winter training course
    • Record of pass from timed navigation test (undertaken during the summer training course)
    • A Leaders Resource pack for the Morgins area.
    • 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 a leader (or potential replacement leader) working 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.
    • Home Preparation Paper - completed Prepare three 5 minute Environmental Presentations

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

This course is non-residential so you're expected to provide your own food, travel and accommodation. This course is based in Morgins - Portes du Soleil, Switzerland. You need to meet the assessors at 9.00am on the first morning of the course.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide

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This course will help you become

A fully qualified International Mountain Leader

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