Intro to Alpine Touring

Take the next step, and enter the realm of ski and snowboard touring in big, glaciated terrain. Join a scheduled course or organise a private trip for you and your crew.

This 4-day hut-based course runs out at one of our premium glaciated venues in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Plateau Hut or Tasman Saddle Hut). You'll learn the skills to travel across glaciated terrain, practice route-finding and crevasse rescue methods. Whiteout navigation and an introduction to snow safety are high on the agenda. We fly you in and out of the mountains to maximise touring time.

Who this course is for

Intro to Alpine Touring is for strong-intermediate (and better) skiers and snowboarders with some backcountry/slackcountry experience who want to transition into the glaciated alpine realm.

Our expert IFMGA/NZMGA guides will take you into this serious terrain, instructing in safe travel practices and technical skills along the way.

There is a vast range of terrain, from lower angle to expert that we can attempt, depending on the group.The importance of making turns is never overlooked!

Instruction topics we can include:

  • Skinning technique
    Downhill backountry skiing/riding technique

  • Avalanche hazard evaluation

  • Route selection and crevasse rescue

  • Mountain weather & forecasting

Experience required:

  • High level of aerobic fitness

  • Experienced split-boarders or ski tourers (string intermediate, or better)