Well done for completing this online course. We hope this has made you curious to learn more under the guidance of a trained avalanche specialist.
We recommend that people take a practical avalanche course. This gets you out into the snow for a hands-on experience, where you can reinforce and practise the concepts discussed in this online course. Trained instructors will lead you through a progression to make systematic decisions on avalanche safety.
Click here to be taken to the endorsed course provider page
To see how well you remember the theory we have covered in the previous pages, we have put together a short quiz.
We walk before we can run. At this level it is important that you gain mileage with someone who can act as your mentor. A mentor is someone you know and trust, and has more avalanche experience and training.
Try to spend time in the backcountry picking their brains, and learning how they do things. A good mentor will be able to be used as a sounding board, and will challenge you to make decisions.
You are unlikely to get it all right first time round. The consequences of getting things wrong can vary. While we often learn best from our mistakes, it must be understood that our first mistake could be our last. Make sure your mentor is there to step in should your learning curve be taking you into tiger country.
NZ Mountain Safety Council Endorsed Courses
Transceiver Training - Practise your skills in these purpose built training areas. These are sometimes called 'Beacon Parks'. There are several placed at popular ski areas across the country. Visit the Ski Patrol at the following fields for more information.
Hire a Professional Guide
Books - Recommended reading available at the NZMSC shop
Other Online Resources
Here's a great video from the team at Montana's Public Avalanche Centre. It's 10minutes long and works through a danger common to many backcountry users in NZ. This is especially for people wanting to head out from ski fields into adjacent backcountry areas.