2018 SNOWcraft

Note: This course is now fully booked. Please contact the course  coordinator to go on the wait list.

The course is open to NZAC club members only, if you would like to register, please complete the registration form here.

WHat is it?

This is an introductory course focused on taking participants new to mountaineering into the mountains to gain skills, confidence and experience in the alpine environment.
The 2018 course will consist of two weekends down at Mt Ruapehu in August and theory nights in Auckland prior to each weekend. 

To get the most out of the course, you need to attend both weekends and all theory nights, and be prepared to acquire (beg, borrow or hire) the necessary gear (some hire gear available) and suitable clothing/boots.

- moving on snow using ice axe and crampons

- evaluating terrain for safe travel

- using ropes & snow anchors

- navigation

- avalanche transceiver use


Gear Night

Tuesday 24th July from 7pm at The Dominion Bar. This theory night will cover the gear needed for the course.The reason we hold this so early is to give you enough time to beg, borrow or buy the gear needed. Remember we have rental gear too.

Theory Night 1
Tuesday 7th August from 7pm at The Dominion Bar, upstairs.

Mountain Weekend 1
Fri 10th August (drive down straight after work at 4pm) Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th (Departing Sunday afternoon)
Tukino Alpine Sports Club
Mt Ruapehu

Theory Night 2
Tuesday 21st August 7pm at The Dominion Bar, upstairs.

Mountain Weekend 2
Friday 24th August (drive down straight after work at 4pm) Sat 25th Sun 26th (Departing Sunday afternoon)
Tukino Alpine Sports Club
Mt Ruapehu

WHat GEar?

Here list of gear that is needed. But remember as a club member you have access to the clubs rental gear, which we recommend you use before invest in our own gear.

If you have any queries regarding purchasing gear, contact the Course Coordinator. We don't want to see you purchase gear that is unsuitable.


The total course fee is $800. If you prefer, you can pay a $100 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot on the course but the balance needs to be paid in full by 30 June 2018 or your place may be given away. After 30 June 2018 there are no refunds. 

NB: Please include “SnowCraft18” and your name in your deposit details. It may take a couple of days for the payment to appear in the bank account due to bank clearance times.