Avalanche Awareness Course 1.5 days


Evening Lecture : Aspiring Guides Office, Wanaka  6 - 9pm

Field Day : side country at local ski resort (Treble Cone, Snowfarm or Remarkables)

" I would highly recommend this course and the whole company for anyone wanting to experience the wild outdoors!"

Bethany, New Zealand

I took part in the one and half day avalanche awareness course with Aspiring Guides and learnt so much!! All the staff and guides are super lovely people, very knowledgeable and experienced, and I came away from the course with some awesome photos, very achy legs and most importantly a new respect for the mountains! The course taught me a lot about avalanches, and in the field we practiced things like safe travel techniques, recognising avalanche terrain, and the proper use of shovel, probe and transceiver in a rescue effort. I would highly recommend this course and the whole company for anyone wanting to experience the wild outdoors!

More Information

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 transciever search, probing and shoveling.

Available Dates

2019 Dates Status
29 & 30 June - Touring Equipment required COMPLETED
13 & 14 July -  On Foot COMPLETED
20 & 21 July - On Foot COMPLETED
3 & 4 Aug - Touring Equipment required COMPLETED
10 & 11 Aug - On Foot Open
13 & 14 Aug - On Foot FULL
21 & 22 Aug - On Foot Open
27 & 28 Aug - Touring Equipment required 5 places available
31 Aug & 1 Sept - Touring Equipment required FULL

We are now taking bookings for 2019 !

IMPORTANT: Private Courses also available - we can organise a customised Avalanche Awareness course to suit your group requirements and dates of your choosing



You must be a minimum of 16 years of age (or a minimum of 14 if accompanied by a parent/guardian).

Technical Difficulty

Participants do not need previous experience.  Ski or snowboard touring gear is not required for the course.

Physical Difficulty

A moderate level of fitness is required.  Participants need to be able to travel up steep hills and be strong enough to handle variable conditions.

Price Details

Guide:Client Ratio Price per person
1:2 $650
1:3 $475
1:4 $400
1:5 $350
1:6 $325

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.

What's Included
  • course certificate
  • ​course handbook


Frequently Asked Questions About This Trip

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Day One:

 Three Hour Evening Session:  We meet at our office on the waterfront 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 meet at 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 transcievers and shoveling.

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