Backcountry Travel Course

Backcountry Travel Course
From NZD $550.00
  • Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Product code: PSS9L3

The Backcountry Travel Course is for recreational backcountry skiers and boarders. The focus of this course is to teach participants avalanche skills & backcountry travel techniques - proper use of backcountry equipment, navigation & route planning, group management route setting, assessing mountain terrain for safest routes of ascent & descent & identifying mountain & snowpack areas of concern.

As part of the course you will receive the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Avalanche Awareness Certificate.

The Backcountry Travel Course is longer than a standard Avalanche Awareness Course. We spend two full days (instead of one) travelling on snow and in avalanche terrain in the Queenstown Backcountry. 

Participants on this course should be able to ski/ride off piste in a variety of conditions. Backcountry travel equipment is required for this course (touring skis, split board, or snow shoes). See the equipment list for more details and where to rent gear if needed.

Backcountry Travel Course Avalanche Skills

  • 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

Backcountry Travel Course Ski Touring & Split boarding Skills

  • Proper use of backcountry equipment
  • Navigation - map & compass skills
  • Route planning
  • Assessing mountain terrain for safest route of ascent & descent
  • Identifying mountain and snowpack areas of concern
  • Efficient route setting in avalanche terrain
  • Group management ascending and descending