Backcountry terrain is neither patrolled nor controlled by professionals, so if you’re planning on going ‘out back’ or beyond the ski area boundary, it’s important to be well trained in avalanche safety and search and rescue techniques at all times of the year. This is equally important for alpine trampers and hunters who may be in avalanche prone regions.
The New Zealand's Avalanche Advisory (NZAA) is provided for anyone planning on travelling in the New Zealand backcountry alpine areas.
Please note that avalanche forecasts are supplied by the Mountain Safety Council (MSC) and are intended as an advisory only. NZAA and MSC recommend checking the mountain weather forecast provided by MetService as part of your trip planning.
Within seconds of an avalanche being triggered, multiple tonnes of snow can travel down a slope at over 100km an hour. This immense force of nature is extremely dangerous so it is vital for you know how to mitigate the risks in avalanche prone areas.
12.5% of mountaineering fatalities are the result of an avalanche.– There and Back, 2016
Here is the story of a survivor Jamie - Avalanche Rescue September 2016
Watch an avalanche to see the power and danger they possess:
Must Do – before you leave home:
Must Do – when in alpine terrain:
This series was developed with EpicTV to introduce backcountry participants to to the basics of avalanche awareness. It covers:
Watch the first episode below
Start with our free online course, then find a course provider in your area to help you learn the essential skills to help you up in the courses page on avalanche.net.nz
Jump onto our free online avalanche course that introduces you to the basics of avalanche types, factors and how to reduce the risk in avalanche terrain.