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Teaching the skills needed to climb mountains is one of the fundamental purposes of the NZAC

Courses Overview Upcoming Rock Climbing  Skiing & Touring



The NZAC alpine instruction pathway starts on a local level, with many sections running multiple snowcraft courses each winter. Along with avalanche awareness courses, these courses focus on taking new participants into the mountains to gain skills, confidence and experience in the alpine environment.

Once these skills have been reinforced over multiple climbing trips (section trips ) are a great way to get this experience), our popular High Alpine Skills Course is the next step. Run between November-January at Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park, these courses are led by top mountain guides and teach the skills needed for steep and crevassed terrain.

For NZAC members who have logged a number of significant climbs, our Peak Performance courses give the opportunity to learn specialist skills in a targeted low-ratio course. Course focus can be on Alpine Fast & Light, Alpine Rock, Trip Leadership, Ski Mountaineering or Big Wall.




Leading on Technical Ice Course

Designed for mountaineers able to look after themselves on 35 degree snow slopes and with experience snow camping and leading traditional rock climbs.

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High Alpine Skills

Helicopter in to NZ’s beautiful glaciated high mountain environment to learn the skills to climb intermediate grade peaks from top mountain guides.

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Peak Performance

For those with experience and serious mountaineering objectives in their sights, a chance to learn specialist skills from the guiding elite.

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Mountain Skills for Youth

The NZAC runs a yearly Mountain Skills for Youth course based at Arthur’s Pass in the holidays before Term 4 starts. This is a perfect introduction to snowcraft for 16-18 year olds.

Mountain Skills for Youth Course MSY


Winter Photography Workshop

28 July 2017 - 31 July 2017

WN Section - Snowcraft Course (Beginner) **FULL**

28 July 2017 - 30 July 2017

SO Section - Beginners Snowcraft Course

4 August 2017 - 5 August 2017

NM Section - Snowcraft Instruction Course

4 August 2017 - 6 August 2017

CW Section - Snow 1 (Beginners Snowcraft)

5 August 2017 - 6 August 2017

WN Section - Snowcraft Course (Beginner/Intermediate) **FULL**

18 August 2017 - 20 August 2017


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