Avalanche Awareness – 2 Days September 15, 2019

The avalanche awareness programme provides essential introductory information for backcountry users who need the basic knowledge required to help them make decisions about their personal safety when in avalanche terrain.

The course provides foundation knowledge only, OENZ and MSC recommend that course participants travel in the backcountry with experienced leaders until they have gained sufficient understanding of avalanche phenomena to make sound judgements for themselves.

There is an Online Avalanche Theory Course and QUIZ which is intended to help you get the most out of your practical field day. You can do the quiz as many times as you like, and the aim is to get 100%. It is a prerequisite for attendance at the field-days.

Field days are focused on practical work and last a full day.
Description: The course is aimed at those with little avalanche knowledge. This course will suit those who intend to travel on alpine terrain and are looking for entry-level instruction.



Learning outcomes: Participants are expected to complete this programme with a general awareness of:

  • The avalanche phenomenon
  • Issues related to decision making
  • Terrain factors
  • Practical techniques for companion rescue


Assessment: The course does not have a formal assessment but participants will receive a ‘certificate of attendance’.


Instructor qualifications: Registered Avalanche Awareness Instructor.


Terrain: The course is to be taught on non-technical terrain (rope protection not required for safety) at any time of year above the bushline, but does not include any glaciated slopes. Factors to be considered include slope angle (< 30 degrees) and avalanche danger. This includes exposure from above as well as on the specific terrain feature.

Field Based Course Highlights

  • The avalanche phenomenon
  • Issues related to decision making
  • Terrain factors
  • Practical techniques for companion rescue


Self catering at Lodge with Kitchen facilites


Included Lodge accommodation


  • Online theory course and quiz
*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

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Course Cost: $ NZD

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Course Timing

8:00AM to 4:00pm