Avalanche Training

Winter recreation in the mountains is almost unbeatable for spectacular scenery, challenge and adventure, or the rejuvenating tranquillity. But it comes with the inherent hazard of snow instability.

Avalanche Awareness 1 day course

Programme Overview:

The avalanche awareness programme provides essential introductory information for backcountry users (with or without boards) who need the basic knowledge required to help them make decisions about their personal safety when in avalanche terrain.

The course provides foundation knowledge only and we recommend that course participants travel in the backcountry with experienced leaders until they have gained sufficient understanding of avalanche phenomena to make sound judgements for themselves.

There is an Online Avalanche Training Module  which is intended to help you get the most out of your practical field day. It is a prerequisite for attendance at the field-days.

Field days are focused on practical work and last a full day.

Description: The course is aimed at those with little avalanche knowledge. This course will suit those who intend to travel on alpine terrain and are looking for entry-level instruction.



Participants are expected to complete this programme with a general awareness of:

  • The avalanche phenomenon
  • Issues related to decision making
  • Terrain factors
  • Practical techniques for companion rescue

Programme Details:

Location: Meet at 8am at the Iwikau Public Shelter, Whakapapa Ski Field, Mt Ruapehu
Dates: Friday 27 August, Friday 10 September, Friday 17 September, Friday 24 September
Cost: $280.00 – Chairlift pass not included

    • Bring with you: see Gear List Link – limited items can be borrowed from us by prior arrangement – please indicate what you need on the enrollment form. You may need a lift pass for access to the upper mountain which can be purchased on the day or bring your Mt Ruapehu Season Pass if you have one.
    • Weather on the day: Check out the Whakapapa Weather forecast. If the course is cancelled due to weather, you will be contacted via the mobile phone number on your medical form.
    • Payment: Once you have completed your online application, you will be emailed an invoice. Your place is secure once payment is received.

Avalanche Awareness Gear List

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Please note that courses require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course.