AVALANCHE COURSES

IMPROVE YOUR BACKCOUNTRY SKILLS

Gain the skills to stay safe and have fun in the backcountry. Improve your backcountry skiing/boarding, travel and understanding of avalanche terrain under the expert guidance of professionals. We offer three practical, on-the-snow courses to suit a range of ages and abilities.

avalanche PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

SNOW SAFETY FOR YOUTH - Available on request

This one-day course is designed for youth who ride at club fields and like to venture into the more challenging terrain. It's important to give our youth the skills to understand the terrain they are riding in and keep them safe.

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TWO DAY AVALANCHE AWARENESS COURSE - Aug 4*-6, Sept 7*-9 2021

A must have if you're thinking of going back country. Learn the basics of avalanches and learn to ski/ride with ease and efficiency in challenging backcountry conditions on our 2 day/1 night course. *Starts with an evening lecture on July 29th, August 5th or September 2nd.

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FIVE DAY BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE COURSE - July 28*-Aug 1 2021

Our flagship, very popular in-depth course. You'll learn to ride with greater confidence and technique in the backcountry and spend four days on the slopes with an expert getting practical training on avalanches, including how to analyse the snowpack, assess slope stability & develop safe travel techniques. *Arrive on Tuesday evening July 27th.

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COURSE DATES AND PRICES

 course

  dates visitor chill pass holder member member season pass
Snow Safety for Youth   TBA $85 $85 $85 $85
Two Day Avalanche Awareness - 1 4-6 Aug $695 $530 $525 $445
Two Day Avalanche Awareness - 2 7-9 Sept $695 $530 $525 $445
Five Day Backcountry Avalanche - 1 28 July-1 Aug   $1550 $1385  $1465  $1220

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Snow safety for Youth

This course is aimed at youth who ride at club fields & like to explore more challenging terrain. It's important to give our youth the skills to understand the terrain they ride in and not become complacent about avalanche safety.

In this hands-on course participants will learn how to:

  • assess snow stability & minimise risk when they're exploring the slopes
  • find avalanche information & interpret the Avalanche Advisory
  • look at the Broken River's avalanche procedures
  • identify avalanche terrain and safe terrain
  • use a transceiver and rescue companions
  • understand the very basics of snowpack assessment

PRICE

  ALL PARTICIPANTS    
         $85 Price excludes lift ticket  

 Course available on request. Participants must be 13-18 years and strong intermediate skiers/boarders (can ride all of Allan’s Basin in most conditions). Course runs 9am-4pm.

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avalanche awareness course

Two Day Avalanche Awareness

Part one of this course focuses on the basics of avalanche and making sound decisions about personal safety while backcountry in the 1 night - 1 day Mountain Safety Council-accredited Avalanche Awareness course. Note the course starts with a late afternoon lecture on the Sunday at the start of the course. Topics include:

  • understanding mountain weather
  • how to identify avalanche terrain and safe travel zones
  • route finding and decision making
  • companion rescue
  • how to use avalanche safety equipment, including transceivers

In part two you'll work on skills to improve your own backcountry riding in two 1.5 hour off-piste clinics with a highly-qualified ski/board instructor. You will:

  • gain confidence and technique to improve your off-piste riding
  • learn to ski with ease and efficiency and fun in challenging conditions 
  • have free time to practice what you've learnt

PRICE

 course

visitor chill pass holder member member season pass
4-6 Aug $695 $530 $525 $445
7-9 Sept $695 $530 $525 $445

Price includes 2 nights Catered accommodation (Wed, Thurs for Aug course & Tues, Wed for Sept course), 2 lift passes, course fees & tow belt hire.

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BR Backcountry Avalanche Course

Five Day Backcountry Avalanche

This amazing hands-on course is aimed at people taking day & multi-day backcountry trips. Day one you'll work on skills to improve your own backcountry riding in two 1.5 hour off-piste clinics with a highly-qualified ski/board instructor. You will:

  • gain confidence and technique to improve your off-piste riding
  • learn to move with ease and efficiency in challenging conditions and have fun in backcountry crud
  • have free time to practice what you've learnt


Days 2 to 5 you're out on the slopes learning about the characteristics of avalanches, safe travel and rescue techniques through the 4 day Mountain Safety Council-accredited Backcountry Avalanche course. You'll learn to:

  • understand the characteristics of avalanches and how to identify them
  • analyse the snowpack and the effects of weather on snow
  • assess slope stability & develop safe travel techniques.
  • choose safe routes and travel safely in avalanche terrain
  • carry out small group search & rescue techniques


Your avalanche instructor, internationally-certified UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide Anna Keeling, has taught avalanche classes & guided backcountry skiing, rock, ice & alpine climbing in NZ, USA, India, Canada, Africa & Europe for over 20 years.

PRICE

 course

visitor chill pass holder member member season pass
28 Jul-1 Aug $1550 $1385 $1465 $1220

Price includes 5 nights Catered accommodation (Tues-Sat morning), 5 BR lift passes, 4 packed lunches (Thurs-Sun), course fees & tow belt hire. You are required to be at BR on Tuesday night before the course starts.  

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TWO & FIVE DAY AVALANCHE COURSE information

Minimum requirements: You must have a high-intermediate or above skiing/snowboarding ability. These courses are not designed for people with minimal ski/snowboard experience. 

Some previous experience using a "nutcracker" rope tow.  If you haven't ridden a rope tow before we'd be happy to help you learn get comfortable with this lift system, but this must be undertaken BEFORE your course start date.

Gear to bring: your own snow shovel, probe and transceiver. These can be hired in Christchurch or Darfield. 

For the Five Day Backcountry Course: skiers should have touring skis, skins and ski crampons, snowboarders should have poles, foot crampons that fit their snowboots and 60 cm or longer ice axe. This is a "hands-on" course. You will be earning your turns so need a moderate level of fitness (be able to climb at least 300+ metres).  A good base level of fitness from running, hill walking, cycling and other aerobic activity is essential. We will send out a detailed gear list several weeks prior to the course start date.

More questions? Please do contact us if you require more information.