1 Day Alpine Skills Course October 10, 2020

One day introductory alpine course.

man ascending ridge on alpine course
1-day alpine course

A one-day introductory alpine training course that focuses on personal movement skills and safety in the mountains. This course is suitable for people who wish to embark on winter tramping where an ice axe and crampons may be required. Prior experience is not necessary.




This course is delivered in the Craigieburn Range. The course starts in Darfield (30 mins from Christchurch) at 7:30 am. We access the snow at Broken River or Mt Cheeseman ski fields near Castle Hill Village.

The course finishes at 3:30 pm at the Ski field car park  (approx 1.5-2hrs from Christchurch airport).




All you will need for this course is waterproof boots and normal outdoor clothing. We will supply all the mountaineering gear for you if you don’t have your own. You can find a packing list and course outline at the bottom of this page.




Food is not provided on this course. We recommend packing plenty of snacks and lunch that does not require cooking.




***Return transport is not available for this course***

If you do not have transport we recommend attending the 2-day Alpine course or 4-day Alpine & Avalanche course that includes return transport from Christchurch.


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We can offer transport from Christchurch or any of the meeting spots below to get to the course but we cannot provide transport back to Christchurch at the end of the day.

Got your own transport

We are happy to drop you back at Castle Hill Village at the end of the day. This way you won’t need to drive your vehicle up the ski field road.

Staying in a hotel

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if your travelling from out of town, however, we cannot provide return transport at the end of the one day course.


Meeting locations (catch a ride with us)

If you have your own car please meet you at one of the following locations

Yaldhurst Mcdonalds 7:00 am (see on google maps)

OENZ Van for mountaineering courses
OENZ 12 seat van

*Darfield Bakery 7:30 am (see on google maps)

Castle Hill Village 8:30 am (see on google maps)

*Our preferred meeting location is Darfield Bakery.




We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ’s page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the city centre.





What’s covered in this alpine course?


Alpine Course
Fitting Crampons – Alpine Skills Course


  • Selecting clothing for alpine recreation


Ice axe techniques

  • Holding and using an ice axe
  • Step cutting
  • Self-arresting


Using crampons

  • Selecting & fitting crampons
  • Front pointing
  • Flat foot technique
  • Mixed technique
  • Downclimbing



Movement skills (footwork)

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Alpine Skills Course
  • Edging
  • Pigeon-holing
  • Plunging


Self Arresting

  • Self-belay/plunge technique
  • Stopping a slide (self-arresting)











Gear List
Course Outline









“Really really fun course that was perfect for getting the beginners skills I was wanting to learn.” – Cloe Vining, Australia.

“Awesome, skilled and friendly instructors. Thanks for a great time” – Rachel Sears, Christchurch.

“Alan [the instructor] was really clear, friendly and generous with sharing personal experiences. I really didn’t know how much i didn’t know. Thank you so much” – Brett Jones, Auckland.

“what A great way to learn new skills. Loved having the chance to actually try everything, wish we had the chance to stay on for the two day course. -Alexandra and Peter Smith, Palmerston North.

*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

  • 18 Jul 20
  • 08 Aug 20
  • 15 Aug 20
  • 12 Sep 20

Course Timing

7:30 to 4:00