Temple Basin: Mountain Skills for Skiers and Riders

calendar Monday, 12 August 2024 - Friday, 16 August 2024

location State Highway 73, Arthur's Pass, New Zealand

This course is ideal for you if you are a strong intermediate to advanced skier/rider and want the necessary safety skills to begin exploring remote locations, including glaciated terrain, on skis/board.

If you are looking for an affordable course, with premium outdoor access, in a warm lodge complete with showers and a bar, to learn the skills you need to make safe decisions in complex terrain on your own, then this is for you!

The course covers the fundamentals of mountain living, travel, and risk management that can be used in your everyday back-country riding adventures.

These skills include snow caving and emergency shelters and rescue, crampon and ice axe use, avalanche rescue and terrain awareness, and touring specific rope skills including self and partner rescue may be covered.

This course is a great addition to your Backcountry Avalanche course covering the rest of the skills needed to live and play in the mountains in winter. You should be able to ski/ride down off-piste, intermediate terrain and have a reasonable level of aerobic fitness.

The course will focus on route finding and safe travel techniques, while improving your level of comfort at elevation under various snow conditions. This will begin with trip planning, and continue to include navigation, uphill skinning technique, terrain analysis – including avalanche awareness and travel around crevasses – and mountain weather & forecasting. Safety techniques such as avalanche rescue, emergency shelters & snow caves, will also be covered, basic anchors techniques, crevasse rescue and abseiling will be covered if time and group experience allow.

Use of an ice axe and crampons will be covered as needed.

Open to general public competent in skiing or snowboarding.

Registration is essential through Booking URL.

Additional Information

  • Monday, 12 August 2024 , 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Monday, 9 September 2024 , 9:00am - 4:00pm
Pricing Information

Cost: $1500 includes 5-day course, 3 cooked meals/day & 5 nights' accommodation