Alpine School 2018

When and where will it take place?

The school will be at Mount Stirling, Victoria (near Mansfield) from Friday August 31 to Wednesday September 5, 2018. These dates have been chosen to maximise snow cover. Depending on interest, there may be an optional post-course trip to build skills and experience.

How will it be organised?

There will be three streams:

  • Day ski touring (Level 1/2)
  • Overnight ski touring (Level 2/3)
  • Mountaincraft (Snow Shoeing Level 2 and Bushwalking Level 3)

What is the program?

We’ll meet in Mansfield on Friday afternoon to distribute gear and do some pre-course work. On Saturday everyone will travel to Mount Stirling, make camp, and so some alpine safety and survival activities. On Sunday each stream will do different things specific to their stream. There’ll be some more challenging activities on Monday to bring everything together before we head off-mountain to nearby accommodation and prepare for Tuesday’s large day trip. Wednesday morning will be spent wrapping up loose ends before an early departure.

What skills will we be learning?

The school is designed to focus on the practical skills that snowcraft leaders need to take youth members into the snow. This includes:

  • Managing parties in challenging environments
  • Dealing with emergencies
  • Navigating in poor visibility
  • Avalanche safety
  • Snow camping techniques

Do I need to be a really good skier?

No, not really. You need to have skied before, but you don’t need to be awesome. The school is more about snowcraft skills and leading a party, rather than developing high-level skiing skills.

Do I have to camp in the snow?

Not if you’re a day ski tour Leader! You will be able to stay toasty-warm in semi-permanent accommodation on the snow so you won’t have to snow-camp. Overnight ski touring and mountaincraft leaders will learn overnight snow camping skills.

Who can apply?

The school is open to Rovers and Leaders who have a reasonable level of fitness and have completed Basic Outdoor Skills.

What will it cost?

Prices are subject to change, but Overnight ski touring and mountaincraft will be $500, and day ski touring will be $550-$600.


  • Accommodation
  • Food at accommodation
  • Resort entry
  • Hire of specialist group equipment (eg: PLBs, snow shovels)


  • Ski/snowshoe hire (many people already have their own)
  • Transport to/from Mansfield/Mt Stirling/Mt Buller

How many places are there?

The school is limited to a maximum of 18 participants. In the event of applications exceeding that number, places will be allocated in order.

further information?

For more information, contact Lachlan Shield at

*Please note, expressions of interest for the National Alpine School 2018 have now closed. Use the above contact for more information.

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