Advanced Ski Touring & Mountaineering 4 days

Location

Black Peak is a 5-7 hour skin/snowshoe from the summit of Treble Cone Ski Area or a 10 minute helicopter flight from the valley floor. The expense of flying in saves time and energy for the ensuing days' ski touring and instruction. 

Our private hut is located at 1725m and is the perfect base from which to enjoy extensive & challenging ski touring.

DIY training

Mark Vivian, NZ

"Challenging trip that really gave me a great base of knowledge and experience to do it myself."

More Information

This advanced ski touring & mountaineering course will include the following topics:-


  • Turning on steep and confined terrain
  • Ice axe and crampon use
  • Building snow anchors
  • Abseiling
  • Avalanche awareness in steep terrain
  • Navigation
  • Knots and hitches
  • Belay device and using prussicks
  • Transitioning on steep terrain

Available Dates

  2017 Course Dates Status
ASTM#1 July 27 - 30 FULL
ASTM#2 Aug 5 - 8 C: 2 places available
ASTM#3 Aug 20 - 23 Open
ASTM#4 Aug 27 - 30 Open
ASTM#5 Sept 11 - 14 Open
     

 

C = trip confirmed to run

Difficulty

Technical Difficulty

Participants need previous experience with back country touring.  You will need to be a strong skier or rider in off piste conditions. Participants should be able to control their speed on steep terrain.

Physical Difficulty

A good level of fitness is required.  Participants need to be able to travel up steep hills and be strong enough to handle variable conditions. Participants should be experienced skiing steep terrain and be comfortable with heights.


Price Details

Guide Ratio Price
1:2 $1,925
1:4 $1,525

 

What's Included
  • IFMGA/ NZMGA Guide
  • All technical mountaineering gear
  • Accommodation in private, cosy hut (sleeping bags already in place)
  • Food & Energy snacks
  • Satellite phone/ radio comms
  • 15% GST

Not included :

  • Helicopter ride to the hut or the peak on the first day is an additional expense (approx. NZ $190-225 pp).

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Prior to the trip

Meet with your guide at our offices 5pm on the evening prior to departure. Your guide will check clothing and equipment as required for the course. Rental equipment is issued and last minute purchases can be made. The weather forecast will be reviewed and a plan made for an early flight the following morning.

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Day 1

It is 15 minutes to the helicopter staging area and your lift into Black Peak.  Depositing the gear at the hut we often take advantage of having the helicopter to lift us to the summit of Black Peak for our first run.  Today is the time to brush up on your transceiver skills.  We will cover self party rescue and shovel techniques.  You instructor will make sure the group has solid fundamentals before advancing onto steeper slopes.  Important knots and basic rope work will be introduced early in the course.

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Day 2

The East Face of Black Peak offers numerous steep couloirs.  Learn about how to pick a safe line and protect your self and your partner.  Practice your jump turns in confined spaces.  This is the chance to learn your limits. Judgment is everything in steep skiing and with the watchful of your instructor you can get valuable experience.  In general the ski day goes from 9am to 4pm, with most evenings having an indoor talk.

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Day 3

The Summit Rocks on Black Peak are a great venue for learning about snow and ice anchors.    It takes a lot of judgment to know how secure a snow anchor is and this is the time to practice and learn under the watchful eye of your instructor.  Abseiling with skis, learning self arrest with an ice axe and learning to crampon efficiently are key skills which will be learned.

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Day 4

The route back to Cone Ski Area is as exciting as you want to make it.  You will be asked to prepare a navigation plan using map, compass and GPS. There is no easy route out and if you play your cards right it just might include a run down Bold Rush.  This is perfect chance to use your new route finding skills in avalanche terrain.

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Equipment Details

This video provides practical demonstration of how alpine ski touring (AT) equipment works.

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