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

International Mountain Leader Training Winter

  • Hike
  • Mountain Training Award
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You'll be equipped for more than just 'coping with winter' as you hone the skills you need to look after your group on snow - whatever the season. Our highly qualified experienced instructors will develop your knowledge of all aspects of the winter environment through both practical application on the mountains and some short technical lectures. As always, the skills of navigating will form an integral part of each day's activities.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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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. The scheme does not involve the techniques and equipment of mountaineering, alpinism or glacial travel.


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

What to Expect

Over the five days we'll aim to cover the following broad topics

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.

Experience Required

You should be 18 years old to attend this course. You must have completed an IML Summer training course. It's advisable to gain some snowshoe experience prior to attending this course.

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. It will be 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

Available Course Dates

Start the booking process by selecting a course date, then adjust your details to suit your requirements.

Sorry, we don’t have any spaces available right now.

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This course will help you become

ready to consolidate your experience and go on to your International Mountain Leader Assessment Winter

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