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Avalanche Education & Training

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) will no longer be delivering avalanche training courses.

To find out more about the changes the MSC is making and why, visit the One MSC page.

There are several providers offering the Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry courses across New Zealand. We’ve been working closely with these providers to ensure avalanche training courses continue and are available to interested parties. We’ve collated a list of potential providers below.

Note: This list has been compiled by the MSC to assist you in finding another avalanche training course provider. It is not an exhaustive list of providers and there may be others you wish to contact. The MSC does not specifically endorse any of these providers, and recommends you undertake your own research in order to find an avalanche training course provider that suits you.

If you are aware of another quality avalanche training course provider that has not been included in the list below, please let us know by emailing qualifications@mountainsafety.org.nz.

Professional Avalanche Courses

Otago Polytechnic / Adventure 

Whitireia Polytechnic

Recreational Avalanche Courses


Central North Island

Hillary Outdoors (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)

New Zealand Alpine Club (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)




OENZ - Outdoor Education New Zealand Ltd (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)

New Zealand Snow Safety Institute (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)

Mt Hutt Ski Area (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)

Broken River (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)

Alpine Recreation (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)

Alpine Guides (Backcountry)

Anna Keeling Guiding Ltd (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)


Aspiring Guides (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)

Treble Cone Ski Area (Avalanche Awareness)

Adventure Consultants (Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry)

Crystal Clear Avalanche & Mountain Education (Backcountry)

Tai Poutini Polytechnic (Avalanche Awareness)


Independent Mountain Guides (Backcountry)

Climbing Queenstown (Avalanche Awareness)

Queenstown Mountain Guides (Avalanche Awareness)


www.avalanche.net.nz is fantastic for getting the most recent information on avalanche risk levels at popular mountains around the country.


Mountain Safety Council managed websites
Mountain Saftey CouncilAdventure SmartAvalanche.net.nz