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Canturbury / Westland Section - Snow 2 (Intermediate Snowcraft)


Intermediate Snowcraft Course

This is an intermediate snow course run from the evening of the 15th, the 16th and 17th of September (head to Arthurs Pass Lodge evening of Friday 15th). Cost for this course is $350 per person.

This course is not for beginners and at a minimum you must have attended a Snow One or equivalent course or be an experienced alpine tramper with sound ice axe and crampon use who is looking to progress to climbing on steeper mountain terrain.

What WILL be taught:

  • Snow anchors and construction.
  • Natural rock anchors (bollards and threads).
  • Pitch climbing techniques.
  • Steep snow climbing.
  • Escaping the system.

What WILL NOT be taught:

  • Glacier travel.
  • Crevasse rescue.
  • Avalanche awareness.
  • Lead belaying.

What IS REQUIRED to attend:

  • Current NZAC members only upon the return completion of the registration form.
  • Knowledge of avalanche awareness, equipment and its use.
  • Know how to lead belay (not with a gri gri).
  • Good fitness level
  • Knowledge of knots (list provided with course registration details).
  • Payment of the course fee must be made within 7 days of return of registration form and confirmed when deposited so it can be checked.
This course is ONLY FOR members from Canterbury and who can car pool from Christchurch on the Friday evening, leaving 5pm at the latest (we will not allow individuals to drive to Arthurs Pass on their own and in their own time - NO EXCEPTIONS).

What the course fee of $350 WILL cover:

Friday night accommodation at NZAC Arthurs Pass Lodge, Saturday evening meal, accommodation, 2 x lunch and 1 x breakfast at Temple Basin Ski Field, fuel reimbursement for drivers car pooling, equipment highlighted if requested, two days instruction by an experienced guide and instructors.

What the course fee WILL NOT cover:

Friday night evening meal, Saturday breakfast, as well as snack food and drinks.

This course has a maximum of 6 students only and is on a first come, members only basis and your spot will only be guaranteed once registration and payment received.  There is NO REFUND if you withdraw from the course without sufficient time to find a replacement for your spot. 

Please contact Clayton on [email protected] with some background information on yourself, experience level, where you live and NZAC member details (the more you answer in one inquiry, the less email tag and more chance you will get a spot!).  

Course Info


Arthurs Pass


15 September 2017 - 17 September 2017




Members only $350

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