"Alpine Professionals" and "Risk and Fun" offer the possibility to further your backcountry knwoledge by startig with a "training session", then a "next level" and work your way up until "backcountry pro". These course by Alpinists association's youth chapter is working on giving Joe Shred the competence you need when riding deep powder out of bounds. There are still spots for the training sessions left. Although most dates are booked out for months, there might be some chancelations. Just check out their website. Next up are two very promising locations: Fieberbrunn and Kühtai! Organizers look forward to both locations, while at Sonnenkopf the "next level" will take place at the end of January, for people who already participated in a "training session". This means you plan longer ascents on your own and let them come to life.

TRAINING- DATES 2009:

LEVEL 1: TRAININGSSESSIONS: 14.01. – 18.01. Fieberbrunn 21.01. – 25.01. Kühtai 07.02. – 11.02. Heiligenblut 15.02. – 19.02. Plose 28.02. – 04.03. Tauplitz 04.03. – 08.03. Leogang

LEVEL 2: NEXT LEVEL: 25.01. - 29.01. Sonnenkopf 23.03. – 27.03. Planneralm

LEVEL 3: BACKCOUNTRY PRO: 09.02. – 13.02. Innervillgraten

UPDATES: 10.01. – 11.01. Hochkar

CHILL OUT 28.3. – 29.3. Planneralm

rnf Package 2008/2009:

4 overnight stay at TRAININGSSESSION/NEXT LEVEL/ BACKCOUNTRY PRO 4 lift ticket at TRAININGSSESSION/NEXT LEVEL 1 overnight stay at CHILL OUT 2 lift ticket CHILL OUT all expenses for trainers and alpine guides rentable backcountry equipment by Mammut (transceiver/probe/shovel) Prices from 255 Euro to 390 Euro

Contact and Info: w: www.risk-fun.com m: risk-fun@alpenverein.at mob: 0043 (0) 664 855 64 33