Avalanche Awareness Course
- Duration: 2 Days (approx.)
- Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
- Product code: P33Q1N
The Avalanche Awareness Course is a New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited course for skiers & snowboarders.
The focus of the course is to give backcountry travellers the foundation skills and knowledge to make safe decisions when travelling in avalanche terrain and what to do if someone in your party is caught in an avalanche.
Queenstown Mountain Guides use experienced mountain guides, ski touring guides, heli-skiing guides, and ski patrollers that have real experience working professionally in the industry. Your experienced instructor will share with you their personal real life experience in decision making, avalanche forecasting, and avalanche rescue.
The Avalanche Awareness Course is held over one 3 hour evening session on the first night and then followed by a full day at the Remarkables Ski Field. Prior to the course you need to complete the Online Avalanche Theory Course and QUIZ. This is a requirement for the field day and will help you get the most out of the course.
Avalanche Awareness Course skills syllabus
- Introduction to the avalanche phenomenon - snowpack layering, triggers, avalanche types, avalanche sizes.
- Avalanche terrain - slope angles, aspects, altitude/elevation, trigger points, terrain traps, avalanche terrain exposure scale
- Conditions - Identifying signs of snow instability
- Decision making
- Safe travel techniques
- Route finding in avalanche terrain
- Rescue - Avalanche Transceivers, probing, shovelling technique