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TTC Alpine Instruction Course (AIC)

The 2020 AIC course is now full. The course this year is a 2-weekend snowcraft course teaching essential mountaineering skills.

Overview of AIC

Snow 1. This is a practical weekend run on the Whakapapa ski field on Mt Ruapehu. The weekend covers the fundamental snowcraft skills such as the use of ice axe and crampons, and how to self-arrest.

Snow 2. This is a practical 3-day weekend run on the Whakapapa ski field on Mt Ruapehu. This weekend will be spent applying and further developing alpine skills by travelling around the mountain. We will cover mountain weather, route finding and terrain. A day will be spent practicing basic avalanche rescue skills and safe backcountry planning and travel techniques. If the opportunity presents then we will look to climb to one of the mountain's summits.

Both of the snow weekends are preceded by a lecture to introduce content and to prepare for the weekend.

Is it for me?

We expect course participants to have a high level of fitness and the ability to complete TTC medium-graded trips at a minimum (defined as “up to 7 hours per day, at standard walking pace, some off track travel.”)

The best way to acquire mountain fitness is to go on some club tramping trips before the course!

The course includes supervised travel on moderately-angled snow slopes which can be icy. Participants are encouraged to climb short steeper sections as their confidence and footwork improves.

We can expect to experience storms and strong winds on Ruapehu and will adapt the programme to suit the conditions.

There will be space for 8 students on the course this year.

Contact the course convenor if you have questions about the suitability of the course for you.

Course Cost

The course is available only to members of the TTC. Joining the club is straightforward and the membership cost is $75.

The full course cost is $500. This covers accommodation, food and transport for the Snow 1 and 2 weekends.

The TTC will provide all technical equipment for the course (axes, crampons etc). Students will be required to have appropriate mountain clothing and footwear.

Schedule for TTC AIC 2020

Note that it is essential that students can attend all course dates. There are no catch up sessions and skills are built on week by week.

Snow 1 Talk - clubrooms (6-8pm) Monday August 24
Snow 1 Ruapehu weekend September 5 - 6 (travel on Friday evening, return Sunday evening)
Snow 2 Talk - clubrooms (6-8pm) Monday September 14
Snow 2 Ruapehu long weekend September 19-21 (long weekend, leave Wellington Friday evening and return on Monday evening)
  • Talks are held at Tararua clubrooms, Moncrieff St, Mt Vic.
  • Ruapehu weekends are based at the Tararua Lodge and leave Wellington Railway Station 5.30pm the day before the weekend.


Interested in TTC's alpine instruction? Contact Sean Buchanan -> mailto:alpine [period] instruction [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query from TTC website on 021 183 2213

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