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Avalanche Stage 1

This course teaches students about avalanche safety.
​NZ MSC Avalanche Stage 1 - Jointly administered by Whitireia Polytechnic and the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council.  This is a nationally recognised training programme designed for people wanting to work or already working in an alpine environment - career opportunities include ski patrollers, mountain guides, ski area staff, heli-ski guides, outdoor leaders, teachers, search and rescue, backcountry travellers, police and the armed forces.
This residential avalanche course will take place Monday 10 August to Sunday 16 August 2015 at Levin Waiopehu Lodge, Whakapapa Skifield, Mt Ruapehu. It is aimed at people involved in professional or advanced recreational alpine activities. Staff deliver intensive and thorough training, fundamental skills to manage avalanche risk will be assessed.  Please download list of equipment requirements here.

At the completion of this course, students will have acquired the following skills:

  • Improved decision making skills to minimise travel risk
  • Recognise avalanche terrain and identify safe route selection
  • Understand the formation and classification of avalanches
  • Identify and record current weather conditions
  • Identify and interpret snow crystals and structures
  • Carry out snowpack analysis and record snow profiles
  • Contribute to an avalanche search and rescue operation
  • Improve personal safety awareness 
For more information contact Alice Comber: phone 04 237 3100 ext 3722

Campus Starts on Duration
Kapiti 2015: 10 - 16 August Mt Ruapehu (Accommodation included from 09 August) Six and a half days

Domestic Fees: $1,800

International Fees: Please contact us


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Prospective students should be intermediate skiers/snow boarders with access to touring equipment and have basic alpine skills.

International students

Proven equivalence to domestic entry requirements and IELTS 5.5 with a band no lower than 5 or equivalent.

​Graduates may find employment on ski field snow safety programmes or with companies taking clients into alpine environments for tourism or work related activities.

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