Backcountry Skiing Course

  • Difficulty: 2 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.

    Fitness: A A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.

    Duration

    5 & 7 Days

    Elevation

    2,000m to 3,000m

Guided Backcountry Skiing, NZ
16 June 2014

 

  • Big mountain course for you to learn to be self-sufficient for touring
  • Learn how to stay safe when on big mountain slopes and glaciated terrain
  • This course is big on learning and big on experience while skiing big terrain!
     
   
 

We provide you with up-to-date techniques and safety skills for travelling in New Zealand’s high mountains.

You will share the experience with other people hungry for knowledge and skills and at the end of the course you will have the skills to plan and explore backcountry skiing and/or snowboarding terrain almost anywhere in the world.

   

We helicopter into a high alpine hut in our national parks where you will get to ski some of our highest and biggest glaciers while on the course.

Why AC?

Adventure Consultants have a commitment to ensure the highest standard of guiding practices and instruction and we only employ guides who share in our philosophy. Our guides will offer you the best possible experience, and a safe and enjoyable time.

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"We plied the internet for courses that we thought would suit us and from which we’d gain the skill sets we were hoping to start off with.  Adventure Consultants ticked all the boxes and offered flexibility and options that other companies didn’t...AC has an impressive line of tremendously experienced guides."
Ellie Watts, NZ

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Backcountry Skiing Course 2014
© Camilla Rutherford
04 September 2014
 

We were lucky to have professional photographer Camilla Rutherford along on a recent Backcountry Skiing Course.  Check out her photos and story about the course here.

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