The Avalanche Awareness course is a brief introductory course to avalanche awareness, safety, and emergency management principles. The course focuses on understanding and minimising risk, including terrain interpretation, weather and forecasting principles and avalanche danger scales, and understanding how to use rescue equipment.   


The course is taught by highly qualified instructors with a focus on both knowledge and understanding of necessary principles, reading actual terrain and snowpack in real-time, as well as hands-on practical skills taught in real-life scenarios designed to simulate real emergencies.   The course begins on day one with a 2-hour classroom section focused on teaching theory, followed by a full-day practical experience in the backcountry applying the theories to the real world.  


This course is essential for anyone planning to spend time in the New Zealand backcountry, whether for personal adventures or guiding groups.  


Due to the nature of this course, participants must have moderate to high levels of aerobic fitness and be prepared to spend time outdoors in cold and snowy conditions.  Ski/Snowshoe and Rescue gear will be provided, but students must have their own warm weather apparel.


NEXT trips

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Departs: 8:00am from Station Building (25 Shotover St)

Returns: 5:00pm to Station Building


Bring your own lunch and snacks.


  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Waterbottle
  • Warm layers
  • Waterproof outer shell for both top and bottom
  • Sturdy winter shoes
  • Gloves and hat 
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

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