Trip Planning

"Safety in the outdoors is a result of thorough planning and good decision making" - Mike Daisley, MSC CEO 

 This is especially true when you're heading into avalanche terrain. It's essential to have a good understanding of the avalanche dangers present on the day. Read more

Backcountry Access Policies

Below are links to backcountry access policies or information for tourers at various ski areas across New Zealand. Follow the link to the operators relevant webpage or document, in some cases you'll need to scroll to find it if it's amongst other information. Read more


Stay in touch with seasonal competitions! Below are the current promotions. Click the buttons below to find out more. 2020Public Observations 

  Read more

New Zealand Avalanche Dispatch

September 2020 Click the cover to read

June 2020 Click the cover to read

If you are interested in learning more and keeping up to date on the latest research and publications check out the following available avalanche publications. Read more

NZ Guidelines & Recording Standards for Weather, Snowpack & Avalanche

Continuous information about the weather, snowpack condition, and avalanche occurrences is essential for making decisions about avalanche safety in mountain operations including ski areas, guiding operations (heliski or ski touring), and road safety operations. Read more

International Avalanche Centres

Heading overseas? If backcountry trips are on the agenda, it's imperative that you check in on what the local conditions are like. Often there are big differences in snow types, terrain, and weather patterns that you may be unfamiliar with. Read more