Welcome to the
New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC)
MSC is a national organisation with a mandate from our member organisations to encourage safe participation in land-based outdoor activities.
We facilitate the setting of standards, offer training, create and distribute resources, lead public awareness campaigns and foster positive support in the community so that more people can discover and enjoy New Zealand's outdoors safely.
More about the Mountain Safety Council
What goes up must come down
New Zealanders have always loved spending time in the mountains, and MSC has a history of supporting this by providing alpine skills training, advice and resources for more than 40 years.
A range of alpine courses are run throughout the country, from the introductory Alpine Awareness course through to advanced climbing, instruction and snow shelter skills. You can see our range of Alpine courses here and our Avalanche courses here.
For information on the Backcountry Avalanche Advisory visit the New Zealand Avalanche Centre.
Tell someone your plans
Although most trips into the outdoors go without a hitch, you need to be fully prepared so that if the unexpected happens there are appropriate measures in place to recognise when there is a problem, alert the appropriate authorities and, if necessary, enable rescuers to find you quickly.
The New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process (endorsed by
New Zealand's search and rescue agencies) provides three simple options that enable you to 'tell someone' all the details about your land-based trip into the outdoors.
Safety is your responsibility.
Tell someone your plans – it may save your life.