SplitFest Avalanche Courses
1 Day: $90, both days $160 (gst incl)
4 & 5 September, 2020
10am start both days
If you’re rusty, brush yourself off, if you’re fresh, dive in deep
Choose one day or the other, or come for both.
Day 1 (Friday) Introductory Avalanche Awareness Course: We’ll focus on the basics of transceiver search, companion rescue techniques, plus a bit of avalanche theory, and a little bit of terrain identification. Most of this course will be run around the lodge, so touring gear is not required, but your own beacon/probe/shovel set is highly recommended. NZSSI does have this for rent if required (refer rentals page).
Day 2 (Saturday) Avalanche Awareness and a tour: Today we’ll do a brief review of rescue, then focus on safe travel techniques, avalanche slope identification, freeriding in avalanche terrain (all inbounds at Temple Basin), and possibly build some emergency shelters. This day is much more weather dependent, be we will aim to get out on a tour so your own splitboard & skins (touring skis also welcome) are required as is a basic idea of how they work (come on Friday and ask around if you need help!). Snowshoes are available for rent if necessary. Beacon/probe/shovel and a backpack are also required on this day.
Food and accommodation are not included in the price and must be booked separately at www.templebasin.co.nz
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.