Description: A five-day course for ski instructors preparing for the Eurosecurité, EMS or BASI Mountain Safety Course, or those needing a refresher in these skills.

Dates: 2nd-6th December 2019

Course Length: 5 days

Cost: €300 per person (course only)


This five-day course will cover all aspects of the BASI EMS and Mountain Safety syllabus. Over five days, plus evening sessions, we will look at navigation, snowcraft, the basics of ski touring, transceiver skills and ropework. This course in run in conjunction with the European Ski and Snowboard School.

Course Content

The course includes five full-days, six hours per day, of practical content. This will be on snow if possible. There will also be two or three evening lectures covering relevant course material. The exact programme will depend on snow conditions in early December. If possible, we will spend some time ski touring outside of the resort, as well as skiing on- or off-piste within the Deux Alpes ski area. If snow cover is poor, it might be appropriate to spend some time hiking below the snow line to practice navigation techniques. For this reason, we recommend purchasing ski passes day by day depending on whether one is required for each day’s programme.

The course will be tailored to the individuals attending, with extra time allocated to areas needing the most work. We will cover all of the following subjects in depth:

Mountain navigation

Distances and timings
Navigation tools – map, compass and altimeter
Contour interpretation
Low visibility navigation
Planning a route

Avalanche awareness

Snowcraft (understanding the snowpack)
Terrain management
Understanding the avalanche forecast

Avalanche rescue

Personal transceiver skills
Teaching transceiver skills to clients
Group check strategies
Multiple burial scenarios
Limitations of transceivers

Skinning techniques

Kick turns
Setting a good skinning line

Leading a group off-piste

The mountain environment

Knowledge of fauna and flora
Geology of the Alps
Mountain hazards
Relevance of the mountain environment to route planning and safety


EMS ropework

Evening sessions

Three evening classroom sessions will cover the following:

  • Snowpack and avalanche awareness
  • The mountain environment, weather and group management
  • Mountain navigation

There will also be an opportunity to review the material covered on the mountain and clarify any areas of uncertainty.

Practical Information

Additional Costs: The cost of the course will be €300 per person. This does not include travel, accommodation, food or lift passes.
Accommodation: There is no shortage of quality hotels and apartments in Les Deux Alpes. The resort caters for anything from budget to luxury accommodation. However, if you are having trouble finding something suitable, please get in touch.
Getting to Les Deux Alpes: The closest airports are Grenoble and Lyon, both within a two-hour drive. Geneva airport is around two-and-a-half hours away. The shared transfer companies will not be operating this early in December, so you will need to hire a car, book a private transfer or take public buses. It is possible to take a shuttle bus from these airports to Grenoble Bus Station. They run roughly hourly, and cost between €10-30. From Grenoble there is a very cheap local bus service to the resort. However, this service only runs once or twice a day. For more information, see 

If you are having difficulty organising transport, please get in touch!

Lift passes: We recommend buying passes day by day, as we are unlikely to be using the ski lifts every day. We provide updates closer to the course as the programme will depend on snow conditions.


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Please note that this course is sold and organised by the European Ski and Snowboard School. It is therefore subject to their Terms and Conditions and Cancellation Policy, and is covered by the Ski School’s public liability insurance. White Marmotte staff delivering this product will be working directly for the European Ski and Snowboard School for the duration of this course. White Marmotte’s role in this instance is solely as an advertiser of a third-party product.