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Online Avalanche Awareness Course

Preparation is the key to success, whether you are planning to join one of our practical avalanche or ski touring training courses, or simply looking for a refresher before heading into the backcountry with your friends, our Online Avalanche Awareness Course will get you into the right frame of mind.

Meeting everyone's individual learning needs, our online course includes a one-on-one video consultation with one of AC's highly experienced and fully qualified guides—all in your own time.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 1/2 day
Elevation 0M / 0FT
Online Avalanche Awareness Course $125 NZD $
  • Overview

    This theoretical Avalanche Awareness Course consists of an online video that you can watch at your leisure. Following on from watching this video, you schedule a one hour one-on-one video consultation with one of our qualified AC mountain guides to discuss the key learning points, seek further clarification and talk about your next steps in your ongoing avalanche awareness education. Additional online consultation time is available should you need it at NZ$50 per hour or part thereof.

    This online course is perfect pre-course build up for Adventure Consultant's practical 4-day Backcountry Avalanche Course. 
  • Why AC?

    Our online courses have been designed by Guy Cotter who has been climbing for over 35 years. Additional to his extensive record in New Zealand, his career has includes over 40 high altitude expeditions and polar journeys, including several ascents of Mt Everest and other 8,000m peaks.

    As an IFMGA Guide since 1991, Guy Cotter recognises the need for people to understand the principles of good practice in the mountains, to ensure enjoyable and safe excursions in the outdoors. This is not an easy task and cannot be achieved without experienced and highly skilled guides with good instructional skills. The guides at Adventure Consultants are recognised as among the best in the industry with the ability to help you get the most from your time with us.

    The main points of difference on an Adventure Consultants Online Course are:

    • One-on-one video conference to meet your individual learning needs
    • Prepare yourself pre-course with valuable technical know-how
    • Highly experienced expedition guides instructing
  • Payment Conditions

    The price of your online course includes the following:

    • Code to access our free online course material
    • One hour one-on-one video consultation with AC Guide
    • 15% New Zealand Goods and Services Tax

    Course Payments

    In order to confirm a guide for your one-on-one consultation we require a completed Registration Form and full payment of NZ$125.

    Payment Options

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank: Bank of New Zealand
    For the Account of: Adventure Consultants Limited
    Account Number: 02 0673 0043443 00
    Account Type: NZ Dollars

    We can also accept your payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex) plus a 3% credit card payment fee.

  • Course Material

    Avalanche Awareness PosterWatch our informative online video followed up with a scheduled one-on-one consultation with one of our highly experienced and fully qualified guides at a time that suits. They will discuss the key points of the course material with you and answer any questions you may have.

    Our Guides

    NZMGA IFMGA LogoThe instructors on our New Zealand courses are all NZMGA/IFMGA qualified guides with many years experience, not only in pursuing their own climbing careers, but also in learning how to pass these skills on in an environment which is conducive to accelerated learning.

    Our focus is to pass on knowledge that will assist your development towards becoming a competent climber. Many courses focus primarily on techniques that are taught as skills in isolation yet we recognise that you need to learn those skills in context while you are actually climbing the mountain so you know where and when to utilise each technique learned.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    A founding principle at Adventure Consultants is to recognise the necessity of positive communication within the group to foster an open and friendly approach to communicating and reinforcing learning processes.

    Adventure Consultants employs only IFMGA or NZMGA qualified guides, the most advanced training and certification program internationally. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes around five years to attain and ensures you are getting a world-class professional service.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Hayley Furze Profile April 17Hayley Furze, Client Liaison

    Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our European and international ascents, treks and expeditions as well as our online courses.


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  • FAQs

    • Contact Us

      The following Frequently Asked Questions answers serve as a helpful guideline for the Adventure Consultants Online Learning Courses. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long have Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants commenced operations in 1990 and has been guiding internationally ever since. You can read the full story of the company on the AC History page. The New Zealand guiding operation for Adventure Consultants under CEO Guy Cotter’s leadership was established after 1996 and quickly propelled AC to become New Zealand’s largest guiding operation within a few years.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your climbers?
      As a New Zealand company leading clients to the summit of Mount Everest, we are renowned for our expertise at high altitude and the expansive logistics that are necessary to be able to be extraordinarily successful guiding in such extreme environments. This ‘top down’ approach is applied to all our planning and processes and we are proud to apply this service and level of detail to each and every trip we operate. We maintain such high standards by focussing on quality and by attracting the best guiding and headquarters administration staff in the business.

    • Online Learning

      What do I need to access the online courses?
      You simply need access to the internet! For courses that include a one-on-one video conference you will also need a speaker/microphone set up.

      Do I need to be based in New Zealand to access the online courses?
      No, our online learning platform can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

      My course doesn't include a one-on-one consultation but I'd really like one, can this be arranged? 
      Absolutely! We can arrange video conferencing as an add-on to any of our online courses, simply contact us to arrange a time.

      I'm interested in learning more about a topic that you don't currently offer, can you help?
      Yes, at Adventure Consultants we understand the desire to learn is as important as our desire to explore! We can arrange one-on-one consultations across our team of expert guides, whatever your topic.

    • Fees & Payment

      Can I pay by credit card?
      Yes we have a secure online credit card payment service using Payment Express. A 3% credit card payment service fee is added to all transactions. We also accept payment by bank wire transfer and please seem further details in the 'Payment Conditions' sections above.

      What is included in the cost of my course?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' and 'Course Material' sections above.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      We are proud to be leaders in the industry offering a variety of courses, trips, treks, and expeditions worldwide. We base our prices on the high level of operation and services we provide throughout the entire trip experience with us. Some of the things that set us apart are our internationally qualified guides, many of whom are world renowned. Our extensive course support, plus all those extra services along the way that help to make your experience with us extraordinary.

      How do I sign up for a course?
      The best way to reserve your space on a course is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your payment can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do an NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA.

      Please see Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide Scholarships on our Career Opportunities page and check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association for more information.

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