With more and more Australian skiers and riders getting into the backcountry, both here and overseas, there is an ever growing awareness about the need to have good skills to stay safe in unmanaged terrain. This includes the ability to assess and avoid avalanche risk, and to carry out rescues.

There are now a number of businesses running avalanche courses, including the Jindabyne-based Main Range Backcountry and a new operator at Mt Buller called Mountain Safe. (See below for details).

There are also international instructors coming out here to offer courses. This includes Whiteroom, who are a company that offers guided ski and snowboard tours, ski and snowboard holidays, mountain guiding, instructional tours, and group travel in Japan, New Zealand and North America.

This comes from Ronan Maguire, who is running the Whiteroom courses in Australia. Ronan has done eleven seasons at Mt Hutt as well several in America, Canada and Japan.

Whiteroom Tours in conjunction with Avalanche NZ is proud to launch in Australia for the first time, certified Avalanche Awareness and Backcountry Avalanche Avoidance course in Australia for the 2017 winter.

Working with the experienced team from Avalanche NZ Whiteroom has secured exclusive rights to run these 2-day and 4-day courses for the first time outside of New Zealand.

Having run these successful educational programs for multiple years in Japan, Whiteroom will be running these courses for the first time in both New South Wales and Victoria in 2017. 

Thredbo Avalanche Awareness course dates:

28 – 29 July 2017

5 – 6 August 2017

28 – 29 August 2017

7 – 8 September 2017

9 – 10 September 2017 

Thredbo Backcountry Avalanche course dates:

24 – 27 July 2017

31 July – 3 August 2017

24 – 27 August 2017

7 – 10 September 2017

14 – 17 September 2017


Victorian courses and private courses are available upon request.

Avalanche Awareness Course

Our Avalanche Awareness course is designed for people that want to step out past the resort boundaries and learn the fundamentals of avalanche avoidance. This 2-day course will have a mixture of theory and practical application in the field. The focus of this course will surround avalanche terrain identification and own party rescue.

As we know 90% of avalanche accident are caused by the victim or someone in the victim’s group. Learning how to use an avalanche rescue transceiver alongside other rescue techniques will begin to lay down the building blocks of what is needed if something goes wrong.

You can get full details on the courses and register here.

The two day avalanche awareness courses are $300 per person and the four day backcountry course is $600.


For a full list of avalanche training available this winter in Australia please check here.