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CW Section - Snow 1 (Beginners Snowcraft)**COURSE FULL**


Canterbury Westland Section - course full - second course being run - see dates 10-11 September 2016

This course is now full - an extra course on 11-12 September has been scheduled.

A course designed for those making the transition from tramping, to above the snow line travel, and teaching the basic skills that will be required in winter conditions. This course will be based at Arthurs Pass for the weekend, travelling up on the evening of Friday 29th, leaving 5.30pm at the latest and staying at the NZAC Lodge.

What will be taught:
  • Balance and movement on snow.
  • Ice axe and crampon technique and use.
  • Self arresting on snow.
  • Safe terrain selection.
  • Snow shelters and construction.
  • Weather.
  • Basic use of avalanche equipment

(there will be a separate avalanche awareness course on 15th and 16th July that we encourage people to attend as this will be more comprehensive).

PLEASE NOTE that the use of ropes and glacier travel will NOT be covered in this course.

Course Cost: $200 will cover fuel (car pooling), two nights accommodation, Saturday evening meal plus tea and coffee for the weekend, two days instruction, equipment.

Contact details: For further information, a registration form and gear list, please contact Clayton on [email protected]

Please note that you must be a current NZAC member by the time you return your registration form to guarantee a spot on the course and there is a limit of 12 students There will be an additional Beginners Snow Craft course on the weekend of 10th and 11th September to meet demand and for those who can’t attend the first (July) course.

Course Info


Arthurs Pass


30 July 2016 - 31 July 2016




Members only $200

If you have registered on this website or are an NZAC member please login first before applying to join this course.

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