SplitFest Ski Mountaineering

SplitFest 3 Day Ski Mountaineering Course

3 Days, $699 gst incl

Course Date, 2017

September 5-7

This course is ideal for you if

This course is a perfect introduction to ski & snowboard mountaineering and backcountry travel. The programme is a condensed version of our popular 5 day ski mountaineering course with the emphasis on covering a broad range of skills important to sound decision making and safe travel. Topics include avalanche awareness theory and practice, route finding and risk management, weather & trip planning sessions, and mountaineering techniques for a range of different snow conditions. Suits people with some prior backcountry touring experience who are looking to upskill for bigger objectives. Book in for this course and stay a few more days to put in your training into practice. Timed for early in SplitFest programme so you can enjoy the rest of the festival too!



The course is hosted at Ferrier Lodge at Temple Basin Ski Field, located above snowline, approximately 500m above Arthurs Pass proper. With the glaciated peaks of the main divide of the Southern Alps in our backyard, Temple Basin is one of the best places in the world to learn splitboard and ski touring skills! The peaks surrounding the ski field in Arthurs Pass National Park provide a wide range of difficulty levels to advance your comfort in exposed terrain, with the ski lodge always a short descent away.

Access to the lodge is via a foot track, with a goods lift available to bring your gear up making the walk very pleasant! The lodge boasts a full time chef, a bar with craft beer on tap, and bunkroom accommodation based on four people to each room. The Lodge is very comfortable with a drying room, hot showers, and a large lounge/dining area. Theory and rope skills are hosted inside a specifically designed lecture theatre.

Gear required

Touring skis or splitboard and climbing skins. Beacon/probe/shovel (these can be hired from NZSSI although, it’s highly recommended to have your own), crampons and ice axe.


Included in price: Accommodation Monday to Wednesday night. All meals from Monday evening to Thursday lunch. All instruction and any required use of the ski lifts.

Participants should be over 18 years of age, of reasonable fitness and previous tramping experience. If you have some pre-existing condition about which the instructor should be aware in an emergency, it is your responsibility to communicate this. Information such as this will be kept confidential.