Snow & Avalanche Matters Workshop
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 1 Day

Snow & Avalanche Matters Workshop

  • Hike
  • Safety & Rescue
  • Intermediate


New for 2019, Plas y Brenin are proud to present Snow & Avalanche Matters, a one-day event aimed at developing your snow and avalanche knowledge.

We are hosting a variety of workshops designed to help improve your understanding and knowledge of the latest research, innovation and thinking in avalanche avoidance. The day will feature practical workshops on a range of associated topics and plenty of opportunity to network and share knowledge and experience. The day is ideally suited for anybody with an interest in winter mountaineering, snowsports and winter safety.

One CPD point will be available for all AMI, MTA, BAIML and BMG members.


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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

By the end of the day, you will: 

  • Have developed your knowledge and ability to make decisions on winter hill days.
  • Be up to date on the Scottish Avalanche Information Service ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ initiative, and know how to share this knowledge with others.
  • Have become familiarised with Black Diamond and Mammut safety equipment and searches.
  • Learned more about how to safely plan a ski touring day.


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

A variety of 1.5 hour workshops will take place through the day - the programme has been structured so that all attendees will have the chance to attend every workshop

Alain Duclos; Avalanche expert for the region of Savoy, France and IFMGA Mountain Guide will talk about decision-making in avalanche terrain and will also deliver a keynote evening lecture focusing on decision-making while out on the hill.

Mark Diggins from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service will talk about the Be Avalanche Aware initiative and how to use the information they provide daily in the winter in Scotland.

Mammut and Black Diamon will run demonstations of their avalanche safety kit, with Plas y Brenin Instructors on hand to put you through your paces searching for buried transceivers.

Plas y Brenin British Mountain Guides and Instructors will run practical sessions designed to help you to plan successful days out in the winter hills and mountains.

Experience Required

You should have an interest in snow sports and gaining better knowledge of winter safety

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 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. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.

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.

What is included? All of your workshops, a lunch consisting of hot soup and a roll (additional meals can be bought through our bar), Tea & Cakes at the conclusion of the workshops, and an evening lecture from IFMGA Mountain Guide Alain Duclos on decision-making on the hill.

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

Start your training

1 Days
Start Date
15th November, 2019
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This course will help you become

More knowledgeable about planning days out in the winter mountains, and more informed about avalanche safety.

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