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 at Levin Waiopehu Lodge, Whakapapa Skifield, Mt Ruapehu, dates to be advised. 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.
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