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New Zealand Backcountry Avalanche Course
Be safe in the backcountry on your skis, snow board and while mountaineering and alpine climbing. Learn about avalanches and how to be safe in avalanche terrain
About our backcountry avalanche courses in New Zealand
Avalanches happen during winter and summer, storm or no storm. They happen to climbers, mountaineers, skiers and snow boarders of all experience levels. Alpinism and Ski run an avalanche course that focuses on the back country where most enthusiasts venture. It is very practically based with an appropriate sprinkling of theoretical input for understanding.
Where and for whom we run avalanche courses in NZ
We use the backcountry terrain around Wanaka and Queenstown for these courses. These areas are varied and accessible by our 4WD vehicles. Our avalanche courses are for recreational skiers, snow boarders, mountaineers, ice climbing enthusiasts and any alpinists going into uncontrolled snow covered terrain as well as professionals needing avalanche knowledge to stay safe while working in avalanche prone areas.
How we run our back country avalanche courses
This comprehensive avalanche course is comprised of field days in the terrain behind Treble Cone, Cardrona and the Remarkables. Theory sessions are at the Alpinism and Ski base in Wanaka and cover:
Field days will cover:
Next avalanche course: 2016
Alpinism & Ski guides are NZMGA and/or IFMGA qualified mountain guides.
To become an internationally fully qualified mountain guide takes approximately five years of training and assessment. Kiwi guides are trained and assessed through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) which is overseen by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA).
some more avalanche photos on our blog