New Zealand Snow Safety Institute
Avalanche Awareness Course
This 2-day course is an ideal introduction for those skiers, snowboarders, climbers or trampers wishing to gain a basic level of understanding about avalanche safety. Covers terrain, weather, avalanche classification and formation, snow pack analysis, route finding and emergency procedures.
This course is not designed to provide anything other than a basic level of skill
and a basis for further training.
- What are Avalanches
- Avalanche Terrain Awareness
- Rescue skills
- Weather relevance to Avalanche
- Information gathering for safe trips
- Basic Axe & Crampon Skills
Equipment you are required to bring:
- Back pack with Pack liner (35-45L)
- Ice Axe
- Transceiver (457Hz), Shovel & Probe*
- Snow Shoes (Optional)
- Compass (Map K33 optional)
- Shell Gloves for snow work & a spare
pair of liners
- Polypro gloves
- Helmet (climbing or Skiing)
- Waterproof breathable jacket and pants
- Layers: Thermal clothing that can be
varied depending on conditions
- Sun hat & Beanie
- Sun glasses
- Spare change of clothes for the lodge including trainers/slippers/hut shoes
- Sleeping bag
- Head torch & Spare Batteries
- Personal Medication & First Aid kit &
Toiletries inc. Sunscreen!
- Note book & Pencil
- Camera (optional)
- Snow study kit (Optional): Magnifying lens, Crystal Card, Thermometer (-15 to +45°C), Tape measure/Snow ruler, Snow Saw
Venue: Temple Basin Ski Lodge, Arthurs Pass National Park.
Note: The course price includes lodge accommodation and meals.
For more detailed information on equipment please refer to the detailed equipment notes which will be supplied to you upon your course enrolment.
Participants should be over 18 years, of reasonable fitness with some previous skiing, boarding, climbing or tramping experience.
If you have any pre existing conditions of which the instructor / guide should be aware of in an emergency it is your personal responsibility to inform the instructor / guide. This information will be confidential.