SKI INSTRUCTOR EDUCATION


Here’s a snapshot of what it takes to become an Austrian Ski or Snowboard Instructor, Guide and Mountain Guide.

State Certified Ski

and Snowboard

Instructors

The ski and snowboard instructor training in Austria is among the most difficult in the alpine countries.

Training to become a state certified ski or snowboard instructor is completed in 3 steps:

  1. The ‘Anwärter’ is a 10 day course for aspiring instructors and candidates must pass practical and theory exams to reach this first step.
  2. To become a ‘Landeslehrer’, or national instructor, takes 6 weeks in total and candidates must also pass an Alpine course.
  3. State Certified ski and snowboard instructors, or ‘Staatlich geprüfter Ski/Snowboardlehrer’ is the highest examination and is awarded to successful candidates of a 12 week course.

SKI & SNOWBOARD GUIDES

The next step is to train as a Ski or Snowboard Guide, or ‘Ski/Snowboardführer’.

This takes approx. 2 weeks and includes high alpine training, ice and rock climbing, snow and avalanche knowledge, meteorology, planning and execution of freeride tours and ascents over glaciers.

Mountain Guides

To make it to the highest level, a ‘Bergführer’, takes approx. 15 weeks over a 2 year period and the training covers the whole range of alpine mountaineering in theory and practice:

High altitude mountaineering, theory and rock course, freeriding, ice climbing, ski technique, and ski passage mountaineering.

LIFE IS UNCERTAIN. EAT FIRST, THEN GO SKIING!

OUR GUIDES


MEET THEM

FAQ’S

WHAT IS ON-PISTE GUIDING?

Skiing/snowboarding on regular groomed runs or routes down a mountain, which would be marked on a map and accessible to the public via the lift network. In Austria these include blue, red and black runs. Safety equipment is not required.

IS A LIFT PASS INCLUDED IN THE GUIDED DAY PRICE?

No, you will need to buy your own lift pass at one of the main lift stations. You do not have to buy one for your guide because they all have their own season lift pass.

WILL MY HOLIDAY INSURANCE COVER ME FOR ACCIDENTS?

Please check with your insurance provider before departure and if not, we recommend this one.

CAN WE STOP FOR LUNCH AND IS IT INCLUDED?

For full day reservations there will be a lunch stop at one of the many mountain restaurants, your guide will make recommendations and reservations. The cost of lunch is not included in the price.

DO YOU HAVE OPEN GROUPS I CAN JOIN?

No, St. Anton Classic does not and we never put individuals into groups with others who have booked privately. We only offer ski or snowboard guiding for private closed groups for couples, friends, families etc.

WHAT ARE THE MAXIMUM GROUP SIZES FOR ON PISTE GUIDING?

You decide but we recommend small groups of no more than 9 people of a similar ability.

CAN WE MIX SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS FOR ON PISTE GUIDING?

Yes, for sure skiers and snowboarders can go together. Probably best to request a guide that fits with the majority of the group.

WHERE CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?

There are many sports shops in St. Anton where all equipment can be rented. Discounts are available if you pre-book online: Alber Sport, Sport Jennewein, Intersport Arlberg, Ski-West.

WHY CHOOSE ST ANTON CLASSIC

RESORT KNOWLEDGE

Our company has worked with St. Anton Classic for the last ten years and we enjoy a strong partnership. We love working with them because they are professional and accommodating. Our guests are always so impressed with the high level of instruction they receive from St. Anton Classic ski and snowboard instructors. Not only this, they know the resort inside out, they are the real specialists of the St. Anton and Lech (Arlberg) ski area
- MAEV C: BRAMBLE SKI

FRIENDLY GUIDES

I went on my first skiing trip in St. Anton am Arlberg last week and needed some lessons to get comfortable to ski. I had a great chat at the office and felt more comfortable right away. Tom helped me out and was such a friendly, patient and helpful guide. He taught me the basics of skiing in 2 days and made me enjoy skiing :) ….
- ANNEMIEK W.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

…The great advantages with them are that they all hold a degree by the Austrian Ski Guides School and they are all local so they know hidden gems that you would never find them on your own. Highly professional and with real passion for their job, they make your day an unforgettable one. I can only recommend them highly.
- JUNCAL G.

PRIORITISE SAFETY

Perfect mix of adventure and safety! Martin is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and enjoyable mountain guide. He finds awesome routes but doesn't compromise on safety. I highly recommend Martin and am sure to find him for future Skitours
- PETER R.

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