NZOIA Courses

NZOIA Instructors MSC ASC2

Prerequisite to NZOIA Alpine 1

4 days, $1200 incl gst, 3 cooked meals/day & 4 nights accommodation

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There is no previous experience required for this course. The course will consist of classroom and outdoors hands-on practice, so a reasonable level of fitness is recommended but not required.

NZOIA Avalanche Refresher

For NZOIA Alpine Qualification Holders

2 days, $600 incl gst, 3 cooked meals/day & 2 nights accommodation

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This course is ideal for you if:

This is an approved alternate revalidation option for NZOIA Alpine qualification holders. Please contact the NZOIA office to ensure you are eligible for an alternate revalidation cycle.



All courses are hosted at Ferrier Lodge at Temple Basin Ski Field, located above snowline, approximately 500m above Arthurs Pass proper. The lodge is warm and features hot showers, a bar, and plenty of indoor learning space when the weather is too inclement outside. Our drying room makes quick work of any wet gear you may acquire from time outside.

Temple Basin is a perfect location to learn about, or refresh your knowledge of avalanches. The mellow alpine basins in Upper Bills (above 1700m) are host to a consistent snowpack which provides learning opportunities even during the thinnest of seasons. The plethora of terrain options around the main divide provides endless terrain options to safely test your avalanche decisions, with the Temple Basin lodge never too far away. With the glaciated peaks of the main divide of the Southern Alps in our backyard, and a warm & comfortable lodge for shelter from inclement weather, Temple Basin is a great place for avalanche education.

Gear required

An avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel. These can be rented from NZSSI, however, use of your own transceiver is highly recommended. A small backpack for gear. Indoor Gear:  Head torch with spare batteries, Drink bottle, Notebook and pencil, Camera, Personal toiletries, Towel, Sleeping bag


Included in price, accommodation the night prior to the course beginning, as well as all meals from dinner on the day of arrival, through to lunch on the last day.

Participants should be over 18 years of age, of reasonable fitness and previous tramping experience. If you have some pre-existing condition about which the instructor should be aware in an emergency, it is your responsibility to communicate this. Information such as this will be kept confidential.