NZ Back Country Ski & Avalanche Course & Guided High Mountain Ski Tour

Discussion in 'Noticeboard' started by stuarth, Jun 8, 2012.


    stuarth Active Member

    Backcountry skiing skills open up the terrain beyond the resort from side country chutes to the peaks of high mountain touring.

    It all begins with the willingness to hike / climb / skin to earn higher quality turns. There are a range of skills, including skiing varying snow conditions, terrain and snow analysis, route selection and trip planning that enable you to maximise your time & turns in the backcountry.

    The most important knowledge to develop for backcountry skiing is an awareness of snow conditions, the factors that contribute to avalanches and strategies for travelling with relative safety in avalanche terrain.

    This 5 day course, based at Wanaka, will use a series of day trips, complemented by necessary theory sessions, to introduce, practice, and coach the key skills of backcountry skiing and the weather, snow and terrain analysis that underpins safe and enjoyable skiing in avalanche terrain.

    Sunday July 1- Friday July 6
    $935 AUD (incl. GST) per person

    A classic high mountain, hut to hut ski tour across the great neves of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, visiting subsidiary glaciers such as the Victoria, Melchior and Alba, also great viewpoints and peaks on the main divide such as Governor Col, Graham Saddle, Aurora and the Minarets.

    This tour begins with a flight to Almer Hut at 1500m above the Franz Josef icefall and then heads up the Franz Glacier to Centennial Hut (2300m), followed by a crossing of the upper Fritz Range via West Hoe or Newton Pass (2500m) to reach Pioneer Hut (2350m) on the Fox Neve before descending to Chancellor Hut (1100m) on a bench overlooking the Fox icefall for a the flight out. This central tour can vary in length between 2 and 6 days depending on weather and snow conditions and provides the basis for outstanding further touring exploring the surrounding glaciers and climbing to peaks on the divide.

    Monday July 8- Saturday July 13
    $1760AUD (incl. GST) per person
    (mountain flights, accommodation, food, guiding, concession fees included)

    NB: Participation in both courses attracts a 5% discount.
    Both the course and tour will be instructed by Gary Kuehn (IFMGA Guide & professional avalanche instructor) and Stuart Hollaway (NZMGA Aspirant Guide)

    For more information & bookings, check the ad in the classifieds section (can't link to it today for some reason), contact me directly (email or PM here) or visit:

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