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The New Zealand Avalanche Centre


New Zealand Avalanche Centre provides 'Backcountry Avalanche Advisory' as a public service. It is intended as an advisory only. Avalanche forecasting is an undertaking which requires extensive study and field observations.

Those endeavouring to travel in the Southern Alps and the mountains of the North Island, do so at their own risk. We recommend travellers be well informed about current weather, snowpack and avalanche hazards. Backcountry travellers should not travel alone. All members of your party should wear a transceiver (457kHz) and know how to use it. In addition everyone should carry a shovel, and a probe. Travellers should advise someone where they are traveling, and when they will make next contact.

The New Zealand Avalanche Centre is part of MSC (New Zealand Mountain Safety Council). MSC is a national organisation and incorporated society with a mandate from our member organisation to encourage safe participation in land based outdoor activities.

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Our mission is to:

  • Encourage people to participate safely in land based outdoor activity.
  • Foster positive support for outdoor safety in the community.
  • Promote the development and maintenance of national outdoor safety standards for land based outdoor activities.

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Mountainf Safety Council websiteAdventure Smart websiteNew Zealand Avalanche Center

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