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International Mountain Leader Winter Assessment

Course Overview

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.
This is a non-residential course based from Morzine, Haute Savoie, France
Please arrive at the Morzine for 9am on the morning of the first day of the course where the instructors will meet you. The exact meeting venue will be confirmed closer to the time. Following a short briefing, you will then need to be prepared for a day out snow shoeing.


These courses are extremely popular. If when you book the courses are already full we will add you to a waiting list and look to add additional places.

Experience Required

This course assesses the skills and techniques required for an IML to safely lead groups in appropriate terrain in winter conditions.
Before the final Winter IML Assessment, all candidates must have passed the Summer IML Assessment and completed at least 30 quality winter mountain days in total, of which a minimum of ten should be overseas.
This assessment is the final stage candidates are required to complete before qualifying as International Mountain Leaders. Technical areas assessed include personal movement skills 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.
Candidates 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

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Log book or Dlog

You need to bring along a completed 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 speed navigation test (undertaken during the summer training course)

  • A Leaders Resource pack for the Morzine/Les Gets 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 - available to download here

  • Prepare three 5 minute Environmental Presentations - details below


Please prepare three 5 minute talks from any of the following areas, or from a topic of your own choice which interests you in relation to the Winter IML Award. One of the three talks should involve the group in some activity. These talks will be delivered whilst on the hill and will be an assessed part of syllabus.



  • Winter Nature

  • Winter Weather

  • Animal Tracks in Winter

  • Conflicts in the Winter Landscape

  • Avalanche Transceivers

  • Group Equipment for Winter Day

  • Cold Weather Hazard

  • Use of Ski Areas for Winter Travel by IML Leaders

  • History of Show Shoeing

  • Eye and Skin Protection in the Winter

  • Probing and Shovelling Techniques in Avalanche Rescue

  • Tree Adaptation to the Winter Environment

  • Slope Angle Management and Recognition on Map


The assessment will be finished by 5pm on the last day after results and individual debriefs. If candidates are planning to leave the resort to return home on the final day, please be aware that the course will finish at 5pm.

Syllabus and assessment content

More than just "coping with winter" this course aims to assess your ability to look after your group on snow - whatever the season. Over the five days we will assess your understanding of the following 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

  • Transceiver use and search techniques

  • 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


As always, the skills of navigating will form an integral part of each day's assessment. Throughout the five days, time will be spent questioning your knowledge of all aspects of the winter environment. At the end of each day, there will be an opportunity for feedback from the assessor.

Please ensure you have completed your home paper and prepared your talks (as outlined at the start of your home paper) - available to download here.

This non- residential course will be based from Morzine, Haute Savoie, France

A variety of accommodation can be found in Saint-Jean-d’Aulps, Seytroux and Le Boit, Morzine or Les Gets

Website: winter.valleedaulps.com




http://en.morzine-avoriaz.com/tourist-office.html

http://www.lesgetsinfo.com/

Language

As a leader in a foreign country it is desirable to be able to speak a little of the local language. We are not expecting you to go on a crash course but coming equipped with a phrase book or dictionary and a willingness to get stuck in is vital. Leaders will be expected to communicate with hut wardens, book transport and manage a mock rescue in the local language.

Insurance

Each course member must have with them and show proof of insurance for the duration of the course on the first morning - i.e. personal accident, rescue and repatriation. You should also have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which will give you reciprocal health care rights.

We strongly recommend that you also take out cancellation cover insurance.

Additional costs

This course is non-residential.  You are responsible for finding your own food, transport and accommodation for the duration of this course. 

The course fee does not include:



  • Food and accommodation

  • Travel to and from venue

  • Transport during the course

  • Maps –Samoens Haut - Giffre 3530T Carte de Randonnee and Morzine/Les Gets


Travel

If you want to arrange transport with other members of the course, you can put your details on our Travel Message Board.

Please do not leave your travel arrangements until the last minute as this will inevitably lead to frustration and additional expense.  Transport is not included in the course cost.  You are expected to provide you own transport. 

Staffing

The course will be run by qualified IML's and Guides from Plas y Brenin.

Further Information

Mountain Training website for the syllabus, award scheme information and MT processes and procedures.


Getting to Morzine

Access by car:

Motorway A 40: from Bourg-en Bresse, follow signs for Nantua and leave the motorway at Annemasse.

Follow signs for Thonon les Bains and then Morzine.

Motorway A 41: from Annecy, follow signs to Chamonix, then Bonneville and get off the motorway at Scionzier.

Head towards Taninges, then Morzine and Thonon les Bains.

Access by train:

Train station

To Cluses or Thonon les Bains, then take a bus or a taxi

Tel. +33 (0)836 35 35 35



Bus transfers

S.A.T. (serving Geneva/Thonon/Vallée d'Aulps)

Tel. +33 (0)450 71 00 88






What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Instruction/coaching


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

Accommodation For This Course

International Mountain Leader Winter Assessment - Morzine, Haute Savoie, France

This non-residential course will be based from Morzine, Haute Savoie, France

A variety of accommodation can be found in Saint-Jean-d'Aulps, Seytroux and Le Boit, Morzine or Les Gets

Website: winter.valleedaulps.com

http://en.morzine-avoriaz.com/tourist-office.html

http://www.lesgetsinfo.com/




Language

As a leader in a foreign country it is desirable to be able to speak a little of the local language. We are not expecting you to go on a crash course but coming equipped with a phrase book or dictionary and a willingness to get stuck in is vital. Leaders will be expected to communicate with hut wardens, book transport and manage a mock rescue in the local language.




Insurance

Each course member must have with them and show proof of insurance for the duration of the course on the first morning - i.e. personal accident, rescue and repatriation. You should also have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which will give you reciprocal health care rights.

We strongly recommend that you also take out cancellation cover insurance.

Additional costs

This course is non-residential. You are responsible for finding your own food, transport and accommodation for the duration of this course.


The course fee does not include:



  • Food and accommodation

  • Travel to and from venue

  • Transport during the course

  • Maps Samoens Haut - Giffre 3530T Carte de Randonnee and Morzine/Les Gets




Travel

If you want to arrange transport with other members of the course, you can put your details on our Travel Message Board.

Please do not leave your travel arrangements until the last minute as this will inevitably lead to frustration and additional expense. Transport is not included in the course cost. You are expected to provide you own transport.

Staffing

The course will be run by qualified IML's and Guides from Plas y Brenin.

Further Information

Mountain Training website for the syllabus, award scheme information and MT processes and procedures.


Getting to Morzine




Access by car:

Motorway A 40: from Bourg-en Bresse, follow signs for Nantua and leave the motorway at Annemasse.

Follow signs for Thonon les Bains and then Morzine.

Motorway A 41: from Annecy, follow signs to Chamonix, then Bonneville and get off the motorway at Scionzier.

Head towards Taninges, then Morzine and Thonon les Bains.




Access by train:

Train station

To Cluses or Thonon les Bains, then take a bus or a taxi

Tel. +33 (0)836 35 35 35


Bus transfers

S.A.T. (serving Geneva/Thonon/Valee d'Aulps)

Tel. +33 (0)450 71 00 88


follow this link for more details



What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

As an experienced leader, please bring all your equipment for looking after and leading groups in the winter environment. Don't forget to include:


  • Group shelter and emergency hill rope/sling and karabiners

  • Ice axe

  • Snow shovel

  • Avalanche probe

  • Transceiver

  • All appropriate winter clothing and equipment


Insurance

Each course member must have with them and show proof of insurance for the duration of the course on the first morning - i.e. personal accident, rescue and repatriation. You should also have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which will give you reciprocal health care rights.
We strongly recommend that you also take out cancellation cover insurance.
Additional costs
This course is non-residential. You are responsible for finding your own food, transport and accommodation for the duration of this course.



The course fee does not include:



  • Food and accommodation

  • Travel to and from venue

  • Transport during the course

  • Maps - Samoens Haut - Giffre 3530T Carte de Randonnee and Morzine/Les Gets




Language

As a leader in a foreign country it is desirable to be able to speak a little of the local language. We are not expecting you to go on a crash course but coming equipped with a phrase book or dictionary and a willingness to get stuck in is vital. Leaders will be expected to communicate with hut wardens, book transport and manage a mock rescue in the local language.











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