Winter Mountain Skills

Winter Mountain Skills is Alpine Guides 4-day winter travel and survival skills course for hikers, hunters, and "trampers". This course is designed for fit people with outdoor experience who want to learn to travel safely on foot above the snow line in winter.

Course Objective - Making the Right Decisions

Winter Mountain Skills focuses on staying safe above the snow line - it is not a "climbing course". However, you will cover many aspects of mountain craft like: route finding, avoiding hypothermia, and travel using snowshoes and/or crampons and ice axe.

You need to be fit, and able, carrying a 12-15 Kg backpack for at least 4 hours when walking in.

All instruction takes place in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park or local mountain venues. Road transport is provided when required.


Booking your Winter Skills course

All Winter Mountain Skills programs are privately arranged, this means we can tailor the program to meet your specific objectives.

Please contact us to discuss your desired date and the number of people in your team. We will provide a guide to suit your travel plans, subject to guide availability.

Instruction topics include:

  • Snow shelter construction
  • Travel on foot with snowshoes/crampons and axe
  • Route selection
  • Intro to snow safety/avalanche rescue
  • Mountain weather and navigation

Experience required:

  • Good level of fitness
  • Trekking/tramping/hunting experience
  • Mountaineering experience not required