This unit aims to increase students understanding of snow hydrology, winter alpine ecology, and Alpine Resort Management. Students will develop the knowledge and skill to live, travel, and lead safe multi day journeys in winter alpine environments. As well, students will develop an appreciation of the physical, mental and social demands and benefits of these activities.

Off campus field laboratories in this unit may require a levy for incidental fees for accommodation, transport and camping.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Report on snow hydrology, winter alpine ecology, and Alpine Resort management relevant to the alpine places visited in the unit of study;  
  2. Exhibit the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to live, travel, and lead safely in remote winter alpine environments;  
  3. Lead a day of ski touring within a longer multi day tour that incorporates an integrated presentation of place based environmental and cultural knowledge specifically relevant to the location; and,  
  4. Apply strategies to safely manage and lead groups in winter alpine environments.  


Due to risk management and professional/industry requirements to demonstrate knowledge and skill within both simulated and workplace environments, graded attendance and hurdle tasks apply to laboratory work and practicums.
Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Technical Skills 35%
Laboratory Work Leading and Guiding (Simulations) 35%
Presentation Group Presentation - Audio Visual Presentation of Alpine Environments 15%
Assignment Logbook (Observations and experiences of place) 15%

Required reading

Winter in the wilderness. [electronic resource] : a field guide to primitive survival skills
Hall, D., & Ulrich, J. (2015)
Ithaca : Comstock Publishing Associates, a division of Cornell University Press

Australian Alps: Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks
Slattery, D. (2015)

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