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Avalanche Skills Course 1

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A NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited course

Avalanche SKills Course 1: for Skiers, Snowboarders, Hikers & Climbers

The Aspiring Guides Avalanche Skills Course is an introductory short course that should be your first step to understanding avalanches. On this course, you will focus on trip preparation, route selection, decision making and rescue skills. It will suit people interested in travelling out of bounds at ski areas for ski touring as well as those who may encounter low-angled snow and alpine terrain as part of a tramping trip, hunting or other outdoor experience.

If you are wondering about taking a more advanced avalanche course, this is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the concepts that you will need to know.

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Bethany, New Zealand, 1.5 Day Avalanche Awareness Course

Day One

Three Hour Evening Session: We meet at our office in Wanaka at 6pm. After introductions your instructor will cover avalanche terminology and information gathering. The emphasis is on giving you the tools to make decisions based on science rather than emotion.

Day Two

Field Day: We head up to one of the local ski areas (depending on weather and conditions) where your instructor will do a gear check and introduce you to avalanche safety equipment. The morning will be used learning about safe travel and relating evidenced based decision making clues to the environment. The afternoon will be spent learning small party rescue techniques including using transceivers and shovelling.

The course will start to develop an understanding of the characteristics of avalanche terrain as well as indicators of dangerous avalanche conditions.

You will learn a system to make good decisions about personal safety in order to avoid avalanche danger, as well as rescue techniques and what to do if you or someone in your party is caught in an avalanche.

Course includes an introduction to:

  • Identifying avalanche terrain.
  • Making observations to avoid avalanche danger.
  • Route selection and safe travel techniques to minimise exposure to avalanche danger.
  • Trip planning and preparation for ski touring, climbing, tramping or mountaineering including interpreting weather and avalanche forecasts.
  • ​Companion rescue, including transceiver search, probing and shovelling.


Trip Date Available
Get in touch for Winter 2022 dates


Client Ratio Price
1:1 - 1:6

What's included

  • course certificate
  • ​course handbook

What's not included

  • If the course field day runs at Treble Cone then you will require a single ride lift pass - (or you can use your season pass) - let us know on booking if you would prefer another location.
  • Lunch and snacks for the day

Frequently asked questions

The closest airport to us is in Queenstown. There are regular shuttles between Wanaka and Queenstown airport (one-hour drive).

For shuttle and taxi information:

Queenstown -Wanaka
Ritchies Connectabus

Yello Taxi Service

KT Sightseeing Taxi Service

Christchurch - Wanaka
InterCity Coachlines

We offer a number of different options for you to make payment for your trip:

Web-based Foreign Exchange Dealers

Bank Transfer - NZ Domestic & International

Credit Card - Visa, MasterCard only (3% fees apply)

Click here for a full list of payment options and details.

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