Steep Skiing Course, a course designed specifically for all those who start from a good downhill skiing technique and want to improve some important aspects that will allow them to acquire decision-making, management and organizational safety to be able to face a steep skiing trip. Therefore, during the Steep Skiing Course, important will be the focus on safety that will ensure the ability to know how to best manage routes, assessing risk situations and the use of specific self-rescue materials. Also very important will be the session dedicated to meteorology, a very important aspect to keep under control at all times.

The Steep Skiing Course is divided into a basic course part and a part with specific subsequent days.

WHO IT'S FOR: to all skiers with mastery of good downhill skiing technique

COURSE OBJECTIVE: To obtain decision-making, management, and organizational ownership to be able to approach a steep skiing trip with full autonomy, managing risk exposure situations as best as possible

REGISTRATION FOR BASE COURSE BY NOVEMBER 25, 2023 - The BASE COURSE is preparatory to any subsequent days.


Introduction to the course

Dates: Nov. 28 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    • Introductory evening of the course (both in-person and call)
    • Explanation of specific materials
    • Review of self-rescue PPE (ARTVA, probe, shovel)

Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo or On-Line

Dates: Dec. 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Slope skiing to review downhill techniques
    • Lecture on meteorology (applied to effects on channels and steep slopes)
    • Lecture on ARTVA and first aid

Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Dates: December 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the practical part

    • BSA ski mountaineering trip D+ 800-1000 with descents in the 40° range
    • Snowpack analysis using different techniques
    • Lecture on snowmaking (applied to channels and steep slopes)

Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo or away in Austria

Dates: Dec. 28 and 29, Jan. 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Freeride trip (partly with use of the lifts)
    • Strategy (slopes/slopes/irrigation) for choosing descents
    • Snow belays, belayed descent and abseiling
    • ARTVA search trials with 2 or more burials

Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo or Sella

Dates: Jan. 20 and 21, Feb. 10 and 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Ski mountaineering trip D+ 1000-1200 with ascents and descents in the 45° range
    • Uphill progression with ice axe and crampons on steep terrain
    • Uphill progression with ice axes and crampons on mixed terrain

Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo or Cadini/Tre Cime

Dates: Feb. 17 and 18, Feb. 24 and 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Ski mountaineering trips with channel descents in the 45°/50° range

Location: Cortina d'Ampezzo or Sella or Alpago

  • Reference descents: Adriana Canal, Bernardi Canal, Holzer Canal ...

Dates: March 9 and 10, March 16 and 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Ski mountaineering trips with channel descents in the 50°/55° range

Location: Dolomites or Alps

  • Reference descents: Vallensant Canal, Comici Canal, Canalone Neri ...

Conditions of the offer

Course registration includes.
  • the opportunity to attend all of the days scheduled in the Artva and Meteorology Sessions and the Snow Session
  • Possible ARTVA kit, shovel and probe
  • Transfer from Cortina360 to the area where the activity will be performed
  • Cost of guides
  • Possible ARTVA kit, shovel and probe
  • Possible mountaineering kit (harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe, carabiners and ropes)
  • Transfer from Cortina360 to the area where the activity will be performed, if in the Dolomite area
  • In order to attend the technical sessions, it is mandatory to have registered for the course and attended at least one of the scheduled days for both the Artva and Meteorology Session and the Snow Session
  • Minimum number of participants per outing: 2 per guide
  • Maximum number for participants per outing: 4 per guide
  • the maximum number of participants may be reduced depending on the itinerary
  • The course will be active upon reaching at least 4 enrollees in the basic package
  • Skipass
  • Entire cost of the helicopter (should you decide to use it)
  • Transfers to locations outside the Dolomites (Austria, Western Alps, Border Alps ...)
  • Personal room and board
  • Board and lodging of mountain guides

The proposed and indicated dates may be changed due to weather or safety issues at the sole discretion of the guides.

Contact Reference Guides:
Michele Titton +39 331 914 9856
Giacomo Schenardi +39 333 437 2548


Contact us now by calling the Cortina 360 climbing gym