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.
- Avalanche terrain awareness
- Weather relevance to avalanche
- Avalanche classification and formation
- Snow pack analysis
- Route finding
- Emergency procedures
Equipment you are required to bring:
- Back pack with Pack liner (35-45L) (available for hire click here)
- Waterproof breathable jacket and pants
- Boots suitable for the Snow
- Snow Gaiters
- Layers: Thermal clothing that can be
varied depending on conditions
- Sun hat & Beanie,
- Gloves - more than one pair
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Transceiver (457Hz), Shovel & Probe (available for hire click here)
- Spare change of clothes for the lodge including trainers/slippers/hut shoes
- Sleeping bag
- Thermos at least 1 litre
- Head torch & Spare Batteries
- Personal Medication & First Aid kit &
- Note book & Pencil
- Camera (optional)
Venue: Temple Basin Ski Lodge, Arthurs Pass National Park.
Note: The course price includes lodge accommodation and meals. The Dinner Meal on the Friday Night is an additional $30.00 per person.
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.