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NZAC run a range of courses to help give skiers the skills they need to safely access New Zealand’s backcountry terrain.

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The NZAC National Instruction Programme offers two courses that can give you the skills you need to get your skis into the back country.


Section Courses

The beating heart of NZAC instruction, where talented and experienced club volunteers share mountain skills to with those new to the craft of mountaineering.

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Intro to Back Country Skiing

Based at the iconic Olympus ski field is for strong intermediate (or better) skiers with excellent aerobic fitness wanting to get a good grounding in ski touring so they can go experience the winter back country by themselves.

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Glacier Skiing Course

This course is for strong intermediate (or better) skiers ready to move on to glaciated terrain. Familiarity with basic ice axe and crampon use is required, and can be learned on a winter section snowcraft course prior to the glacier skiing course.

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