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Avalanche Skills Course 1

ASC1 (formally Snow Safety Course) with intensive hands-on avalanche awareness, designed to improve your backcountry skills when venturing beyond the ski area boundaries.

2-Day course with Anna Keeling Guiding



Chill is proud to offer intensive hands-on avalanche awareness courses. They are specifically designed to improve the skills of skiers and riders who may be venturing into the backcountry from any of the South Island’s ski fields.

An introduction to the avalanche phenomenon and companion rescue techniques. The interplay of weather, snowpack and terrain plus decision making in the face of tempting powder, is the focus of the weekend.

Day 1: Learn to use transceivers and effect a rescue, using the MSC Avalanche Forecast Advisory and techniques for evaluating the stability of the snowpack.

Day 2: Travel through and learn about avalanche terrain on a day tour.

Given good snow conditions the course accesses the lift for one ride. This requires a one lift access pass (approx $10-$25) or use of your Chill Pass. If the course is limited to ski area boundaries due to weather conditions and the lift is used more than once a lift ticket is required. Skiers and riders should be of an intermediate standard and able to ski off-piste blue runs in a variety of snow conditions.

This covers the course cost only and not transport, accommodation or gear hire. Please indicate on your registration if you would like us to organise these on your behalf and we will contact you with more information. Back country equipment (skins, bindings with releasable heels, split boards or snow shoes) are required.

Dates for 2024:

ASC1 #1: 20-21 July
ASC1 #1: 27-28 July
ASC1 #3: 10-11 August

Price: $545 (+ 2.5% processing fee if paying by credit card)

How to Sign Up:

Please fill out this Registration Form to register your interest for the particular date you want and we will confirm your spot and send payment instructions.

Back County Alpine Gear:

All touring gear can be sorted through Chill, including snow shoes, touring poles, skins, snow study kits, alpine backpacks, transceivers, shovels and probes available for sale and hire. Plus we can book your skis, boots and touring bindings, and split boards for hire.

Cancellation Policy:

- If you cancel 21 days or less prior to the course start there is no refund.  No refunds or reschedules will be provided in the event of injury, illness (including Covid-19), equipment failure, lack of fitness, or ability.

- If you cancel more than 21 days prior to start you can apply for a full refund less a 15% admin fee. Processing fees are non-refundable.

- If the course is postponed due to weather conditions on day one, a refund or another course will be offered.

- A course can be postponed by Chill if there is not enough interest/confirmed bookings.

Please note: Chill will confirm in the week prior to the course whether the course is on as scheduled or not. If the course is cancelled, due to weather conditions or not enough participants, you can either apply for a refund or book for another course later in the season. Processing fees are not eligable for refunds.

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.

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