Winter Mountain Skills

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

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Course Objective - Skills and Safety in Winter

Winter Skills has 2 major focuses

  1. The basic skills of mountaineering: crampon and ice axe use, snowshoeing and navigation.

  2. Winter safety and survival skills: route finding, terrain traps, avalanche basics, snow shelters and avoiding hypothermia. 

You need to be fit and able to carry a 12-15 Kg backpack for at least 5 hours (with breaks) when walking in.

All instruction takes place in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Usually from Mueller Hut or another close by mountain venue. Road transport is provided when required.


Booking a Course

Winter Mountain Skills programs can be arranged right though winter. Ideal for a small group of friends, we will tailor the program to meet your specific objectives.

Please contact us to discuss your dates. We will provide a guide to suit your travel plans, subject to guide availability.

Instruction topics include:

  • Axe, crampon, and snowshoeing technique and self-arrest

  • Route finding & terrain traps

  • Snow shelter construction

  • Mountain weather forecasting

  • Navigation

  • Introduction to snow safety and avalanche assessment

Experience required:

  • High level of fitness

  • Trekking/tramping/hunting experience

  • Mountaineering experience is not required