Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference

Wanaka, New Zealand | 12th - 13th June, 2024

The two-day conference is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere and provides a unique opportunity for the alpine community to engage in a series of workshops and presentations that seek to extend their professional skills, knowledge and experience, and contribute to a safer alpine community.

About SHAC

Occurring every second year, SHAC attracts approximately 150 industry professionals, including ski industry snow safety practitioners, commercial alpine organisations, heli-skiing, mountaineering and guiding companies, search and rescue personnel, safety auditors, managers, and key industry influencers. 
SHAC has three broad objectives: 

  • To provide a platform for people working in alpine snow environments to share ideas, network and enhance their knowledge and practical skills
  • To build strong partnerships that connect our alpine community together, and
  • To generate opportunities to develop future strategies and collaborations that help more people stay safe in the outdoors.


Partners and Exhibitors

A special thank you to our conference partner

Guest Speaker Sponsors and Exhibitors
SHAC Exhibitors


Guest Speakers

Jordy Hendrikx

Ken Wylie

Jordy Hendrikx

Jordy is internationally recognised as a leading interdisciplinary snow scientist, with publications spanning from climate change impacts on snow, to avalanche forecasting, hazard mapping, hydrology and decision-making science. Prior to joining Antarctica New Zealand in 2022 as the Chief Science Advisor, he was the Director of the Snow & Avalanche Laboratory and a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Snow Science in the Department of Geosciences for the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø.

Ken Wylie

Ken has engaged in a life-long practice of adventure. 

Certified as an IFMGA (R) guide, and with a BPE in Adventure Education, Ken has used his mountain experience to become a human hazard management innovator. His organisation, Archetypal, focuses on helping individuals gain awareness of how they are showing up to make critical decisions. His tools help in the recognition and encourage a shift from limiting human efforts, to expansive actions made from a higher set of values that foster better outcomes. 

Ken has climbed rock and ice, backcountry skied and alpine climbed extensively in his life, with numerous first ascents to his credit. He has held faculty positions at Thompson Rivers University and Mount Royal University in their respective outdoor programs.  

Ken is the author of Buried 2020 which metabolizes and makes meaning of his adventures to intentionally navigate through the difficulties of a terrible mountain tragedy he participated in as an apprentice guide. 

Ken lives on Vancouver Island in Canada with his partner Julie Murray and their dog Rumi. 

Learn more about Ken, his work, and his story at 


Conference Programme

If you would like to present at SHAC 2024, please contact us