Snow Trials

Italian Alps

11 March 2023 12:00 - 18 March 2023 12:00


Pitch yourself against your peers with an interactive snow experience designed to optimise your own performance under pressure and develop practical, cold environment skill sets.

This is a 7 day learning opportunity with adventure built in, supported by a senior faculty with the experience, knowledge and academic background. The structure has been developed by a Performance Scientist and is underpinned by research to encourage transferability to your current role

Join us for a week in the Italian Alps, learning new techniques and sharing expertise – plus a chance to take time out to ski, hike, reflect and enjoy the majesty of the environment.

Key Facts

You must be:

  • Medical or Allied Healthcare Professional
  • Emergency Services Worker
  • Outdoor Instructor

This course is suitable for people who:

  • Want to develop key human factors skill sets
  • Are not yet confident in cold environments
  • Have a desire to learn from other industry professionals
  • Have an interest in skiing, snowboarding, hiking

Dates: 11 – 18 March, 2023
Location: Sauze D’oulx, Italian Alps

Whats included:

  • Return transfers via Turin
  • 7 nights ski-in/out accommodation with breakfast and evening meal
  • 6 day ski pass including 1 day access pass over the border to France
  • 6 days Easy Carve skis/boots/poles (snowboard/boots can be arranged)
  • 5 afternoons educational content
  • Welcome drink

What’s not:

  • Flights and general travel costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunch or any drinks
  • Snowsport lessons (can be arranged)

Snow Trials

This immersive, scenario based course is underpinned by Outdoor Adventure Education methodology to target development of key skills linked to life and work success.

Alongside your clinical technique, you’ll develop transferable skills in leadership, active learning, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resilience, stress tolerance, emotional intelligence and negotiation to name just a few.

The stunning natural surroundings combine with the course content to promote thinking around mental health and wellbeing, with each morning dedicated to exploring and enjoying the landscape.

What to expect

There will be a full briefing upon arrival over a welcome drink. This will explain how the course has been designed to not only up-skill you clinically for cold environments but also to target development of key skills which are highly-valued in a traditional and extreme medicine setting.

The ski-in, ski-out location allows for a first descent of the mountain before the lifts start – people who would like to take advantage of this can do so immediately after breakfast. We will then re-group and spend the morning exploring 450km of skiing, snowboarding and hiking terrain. All abilities are welcome and for any beginners, the main ski school, magic carpet, and blue runs are based in the same location as the hotel. Lessons will be organised for those that require them with local instructors.

Five afternoons will be dedicated to learning via didactic teaching, peer-to-peer discussion and feedback, plus a multitude of scenarios. The delivery is designed to offer an incremental learning experience so you can see visible improvements at the end of the week.

Content covered on the course include:

  • Human Factors
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Expedition planning for winter environments
  • Risk Assessment
  • Acute Mountain Sickness
  • Cold injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Introduction to avalanche mitigation and management
  • Introduction to winter navigation
  • Remote trauma management
  • Crisis Control and Command

What you need to know

There are 7 inlinking resorts each with their own town to take advantage of: Sauze D’Oulx, Sestriere, Claviere, Pragelato, Sansicario, Cesana, and Montgevevre in France.

On Thursday there will be an optional and self-directed ski day over to France which takes approximately 4.5 hours at a leisurely pace with an extra 1 hour 45 minutes added on for lunch and further breaks. Anyone who cannot yet tackle red runs will be able to enjoy their lessons or a day on the local slopes but join by taxi in France if they so wish. We will return to the resort very late afternoon to enjoy apres-ski and there will be an optional evening out in the town centre with snowmobile lift back up to the hotel under the stars.

Travel insurance with winter sports cover is absolutely essential and therefore, for your safety and security, we reserve the right to refuse access to a course until we have details of adequate insurance cover provided to us.

A suitable policy can be booked through Campbell Irvine Direct Travel Insurance 

Kit List

As a minimum we recommend your bring:

  • Waterproof ski jacket
  • Waterproof ski trousers / salopettes
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Liner gloves
  • Fleece zip jumper / hoodie
  • Thermal tops
  • Thermal trousers
  • Neck gaiter
  • Beanie hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski goggles
  • Casual clothing
  • Warm waterproof footwear
  • Casual clothing
  • Sun cream
  • Sun protective lip balm
  • Day sack
  • 1L water bottle
  • Personal medication and first aid kit
  • Personal items

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