Back country Avalanche Course
Four day back country avalanche course
This is a 4 day intermediate back country avalanche course tailored to those who are looking to do day or multi day alpine trips in avalanche terrain. This course is popular for those who have completed an avalanche awareness course and wish to develop their skills and knowledge. We have two options for this course, a walking and climbing orientated course or a skiing & boarding orientated course.
Option 1 -A Course for climbers, walkers and outdoor professionals
Option 2 – A course for back country Skiers and boarders
The back county avalanche course for walkers (option 1) and skiers (option 2) are run over the course of the same date. Evening and theory sessions are delivered as a combined course with the practical elements being run individually.
Where is this course delivered?
This course is based from Temple Basin Ski area in Arthurs Pass National Park (see map). However, New Zealand mountain weather can be tricky so as a backup option sometimes we split the course between Temple Basin and Broken River Ski area (see map). Having flexibility in course location ensures we get the most of our time on the snow. The course location is confirmed a week before the scheduled course dates.
Mountain accommodation in shared bunk rooms at Temple Basin or Broken River ski areas. Facilities include hot showers, drying rooms, tea and coffee and luggage lifts (from the car park to lodge).
Fully catered, including dinner on the first day and lunch on the last day. You can expect a cooked breakfast, dinner and dessert, all prepared for us by the ski lodge. A small shop and bar is also available to purchase refreshments and snacks.
Traveling from out of town?
Lots of people travel to attend our courses and we like to make it easy. Transport could be tricky to organise if your flying or coming from out of town. Talk to one of our friendly team about our pick-up/drop off service.
When is the next course?
This course runs from August to November, visit our Course Calendar for course dates and bookings.
Back Country Avalanche Course Includes:
- Trip planning and route selection
- Applying the backcountry avalanche advisory to route planning
- Snow science
- Identifying class one and two signs in the field
- Mountain weather in New Zealand and its effect on the snowpack stability.
- Multiple burial search techniques
- Small party rescue
- Safe group travel techniques
- Snow pack analysis
In order to cover the costs of running this type of training, we require a minimum group size of four. We cap the course at eight people and introduce a second instructor once bookings exceed six.
Rather than cancel courses if bookings do not reach minimum numbers of four people in both option 1 and option 2 we will combine into one course. When a combined course is running it will run as a walking course. Combining the course into a walking course is necessary because can accommodate all participants so the course can run. While walkers/climbers and ski/boarding take very different lines of ascent and descent in the mountains, it is easy for us to teach the different lines while keeping everyone in one mode of transport.
* This is the early bird booking price standard rates available on course calendar.