Avalanche Courses



What to bring

Trip options


From $990pp *

* min 4 people - max 5 people


Trip Options

Course Date

    • 27th – 30th June
    • 14th – 17th September

A true backcountry avalanche awareness course.

You will be heli-lifted into the mountains for four days of backcountry touring and travel skills, mixed with avalanche awareness, decision making and safety. Guides are there to instruct, educate and ensure your safety along the way.

At the end of your journey you will feel ready to be a competent member of a touring group.

This is a four day course, accredited by the Mountain Safety council, is for skiers and boarders wanting to advance their avalanche education and skills in the backcountry.

The aim is to fully immerse course participants in the mountain environment, with the all four days of course spent in alpine and high alpine zones, with Mountainhut.nz as base camp.

Preparation prior to departing on this course will include resources and online education to be completed before the course date and includes an off snow safety briefing at Small Planet the evening before day one begins.

Mt Larkins has 360  aspects ensuring we get the best of daily snow conditions and move through the terrain on offer. Participants should be able to ride comfortably in a variety of off piste conditions and we recommend prior Avalanche Awareness education (1 day, or introduction courses) to get the most out of your time spent on this course.

Your guides are Avalanche Risk management Level 6 certified and/or Ski or Mountain guides, with years of experience in the mountains and a passion for teaching.

Skills Covered

  • Personal Safety Equipment (transceivers, shovel, probe, Airbag, Beacon)
  • Ski and split-board gear use plus touring techniques
  • Rescue
  • Introduction to Avalanche phenomenon
  • Avalanche Terrain assessment
  • Safe Travel Techniques
  • Weather and Snowpack
  • Trip planning
  • Appropriate snowpack tests
  • Risk management and decision making

What to bring

  • A gear list will be sent out after confirmation.

Trip Details

Three nights / Four days
Maximum 4 people
Instructor/guide ratio: 1:4
Location: Kelly Hut, Mt Larkins, Whakaari conservation area, Glenorchy
On snow accommodation with full catering, at 1880m elevation in modern hut with wood burner
for heating
Cost $2250 pp
Gear hire possible at small planet
Mountain Safety Council Accredited
On snow Skill level required: Intermediate – Advanced ski/split board ability
Fitness: Moderate
Take Homes: “Avalanche Awareness in the backcountry” by Penny Goddard, Certificate of completion, Avalanche transceiver certificate of competence.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is your cancellation policy?

Mountainhut.nz has the descretion to change or cancel any trip at any time. This could be due to adverse weather forcast, cloud, wind or snow melt effecting river flow on some trails.

From $990pp *

* min 4 people - max 5 people


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