2 day Avalanche Awareness Course

Avalanche Awareness Course
Avalanche Awareness Course

This is a 2 day introductory avalanche awareness course that focuses on identifying avalanche terrain and  understanding what causes avalanches. Understanding  the NZ Backcountry Avalanche Advisory is a vital skill that you will learn on this course. This is a practical field based course with some theory to increase your understanding. This course is approved by (MSC)  Mountain Safety Council.  You will  gain a MSC certificate in Avalanche Awareness upon completion of this course.


Avalanche awareness course includes:


  • Introduction to the NZ Backcountry Avalanche Advisory
  • Mountain Weather in NZ
  • Using an avalanche transceiver
  • Probing  techniques
  • Snow Shoveling technique
  • Small party rescue scenarios
  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Identifying terrain traps
  • Introduction to safe travel techniques


When is the next course?

Avalanche training courses run from July to September.

Please visit our Course Calendar to see this years course dates and complete bookings.


Where will this course be delivered?

The avalanche awareness course has two parts.  An evening theory session followed by a full day practical training. The theory component of this course is delivered at our accommodation in Arthurs Pass Village. The practical training is delivered in the Craigieburn range (30 mins from accommodation) near Castle Hill Village.


What facilities are available at the accommodation?

Our accommodation in Arthurs Pass Village is included as part of the course fees. It has full kitchen facilities, shared bunk rooms, and hot showers.

Participants often choose to have dinner out in the village at the pub/restaurant, bringing along supplies for other meals.


Can I hire gear if I don’t have my own?

Your welcome to bring your own gear or borrow from a friend.

If you don’t have the gear you need for this course no problem, we have everything you need available to hire. We usually sort gear rental a little closer to the course.


Price – $399


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“Gideon [the instructor] was passionate about the information he was passing on to us and that reflected in the theory teaching and practical…. We were always kept safe and the technical knowledge we gained will keep us informed for a long time. I have taken away a lot away from this course.”

“Got a great deal out of the course in terms of both theory and practice.”

“Communication before and during the course were excellent. Facilities were great. Plenty of chances to practice skills.” 


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