The Snowsport Scotland Leadership qualifications are designed to train and assess individuals who wish to be responsible for groups in the mountain environment. This can range from day trips to the Scottish mountain resorts, excursions to European resorts and venturing out with the resort boundary in the UK.
There are 3 courses available depending on the type and location of activity to be undertaken. The Alpine Ski Leader (ASL) and Snowboard Leader (SBL) qualifications are designed for those who are working with their own group, and wish to introduce and supervise them whilst skiing or snowboarding on piste in a recognised resort. This can be in the UK or abroad and covers a wide range of uses; Teachers, Scouts, Cadets. The role of the ASL or SBL is ancillary to the main Leadership role of the individual and there should be an ongoing relationship between the leader and organistion. They are not designed or licenced for use as professional instruction qualifications and can not be used off piste.
The Mountain Snowsports Leader (MSL) course trains and assesses those with suitable experience to lead others on skis or splitboards in winter conditions beyond the resort boundary in the UK. It requires those attending to hold a mountain based snowsports Coach, Instructor or Leader qualification and the Winter ML award. It focuses on the specific skills of leading groups in the mountain environment away from pisted areas and there is more of a leaning towards mountain touring on skis than skiing steep pitches. Further infomation on the MSL can be found on the Mountain Safety page.