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
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:
- The ‘Anwärter’ is a 10 day course for aspiring instructors and candidates must pass practical and theory exams to reach this first step.
- To become a ‘Landeslehrer’, or national instructor, takes 6 weeks in total and candidates must also pass an Alpine course.
- 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.
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!
- 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.