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CW Section - Avalanche Awareness for Climbers & Trampers


Avalanche Awareness for Climbers & Trampers

Canterbury / Westland Section

FOR CURRENT NZAC MEMBERS ONLY PLEASE NOTE – This is NOT a weekend course, instead, you get to choose one of the two days above (on a first in and registered basis) plus the 2 hour (COMPULSORY TO ATTEND) evening seminar on the Friday evening.

This one evening and one day course outlines the basics of the avalanche phenomenon and sets people up for further learning and to be a safer member of a group travelling in winter terrain.

What will be Taught:

  • Avalanche equipment and its use.
  • Trip planning.
  • Terrain choice and navigation.
  • Small party rescue.
When and Where:

Friday 20th July (evening seminar, doors open 6pm for a 6.15pm SHARP start), at NZAC HQ, Unit 6 / 6 Raycroft Street in Opawa


Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd July (first in get to choose and you may have to have flexibility for both days if the course fills up as limited spaces on each day), a full day in the field, 8.30am to 4.30pm at Mt Cheeseman Skifield (meeting at the car park before the 8.30am start time).

Course Cost:

(For current NZAC members only upon registering).

$100 will cover the evening seminar, day in the field at Mt Cheeseman, additional course paperwork, free use of avalanche kit (transceiver / shovel and probe).

Car pooling from Christchurch is encouraged and those wishing to do this can arrange with fellow students at the conclusion of the Friday evening seminar.

At a minimum, you MUST KNOW how to use an ice axe and crampons – NO EXCEPTIONS (proof of this will be required upon applying – please give your experience level).

For a registration form, equipment list and any further information please contact Clayton on [email protected], giving your full details, membership number etc and DO NOT apply on behalf of others – all attending must apply themselves.

Course Info


NZAC HQ & Mt Cheeseman Skifield


20 July 2018 - 22 July 2018




NZAC Members only $100

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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