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Five Week Week Alpine Classic

Objective: A 5-week coaching course for intermediate or above skiers/riders looking to get into ski touring and ski mountaineering. This is geared for early season so that you can get set up to become independent and know what to practice through the season.  Climbing/ski alpine skills included.


Field: Sundays: July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7

Zoom: Tuesday nights 7.30-9pm starting 5 July, and continuing July 12, 19, 26 and August 2. Note: The first Tuesday session on 5th July will be held in person at Chill (287 Durham Street North, Christchurch) and the rest of the zoom sessions will be held online. 

Consists of 1 day a week in the field

Plus 1.5 hours/ week on a zoom call with specific skills training in preparation for the weekend field session.

Zoom calls include: 1.5hrs

Equipment planning

Packing (includes carrying gear on packs)

Planning and preparation - weather, avalanche forecasts, where to get information, alternatives


Technical gear and skills: crevasse rescue kits, ice screws, snow stakes


Field days include:

Snow safety and avalanche terrain evaluation

Companion rescue

Snowpack evaluation and tests

Route finding

Decision making

Ski and split board tours to objectives in the Craigieburn and Arthurs Pass

Snow anchors, basic crevasse rescue

Crampon and ice axe use



Field - general tours 1 instructor: 6 participants


Full course - 5 zooms plus 5 field days = $1425

Weather Contingencies:

We will always go somewhere as the instructors have tricks for training regardless of the weather.  Some skills may be covered ahead of time - eg crevasse rescue covered early on in course on a ‘lesser weather’ day. 

Cancellation Policy:

 - ­ Full refund less 15% deposit (admin fee) if you cancel more than 21 days prior to start.

 -­ No refund if you cancel 21 days or less prior to start.

 -­ If the trip is postponed due to weather conditions on day one, a refund less 15%.

Our Cancellation Policies are subject to change, please contact us if you have any questions by emailing explore@chillout.nz or phone us on 03 365 6530.

To avoid paying the processing fee, you can pay via bank transfer. In the checkout process, select "Bank Deposit" as your payment method and please transfer the cost of the course into our bank account