16 - 29 Sep 2024 14 days waitlist

Participants may be assessed on any topic of the Ski Guide syllabus at any stage of the course and will be requred to teach and supervise revision sessions and practical exercises.

It is expected that only minimal training will need to be given in any topic.

Ski Guides Courses will include both Level 1 and Level 2 participants. Level 2 participants are expected to have a sound knowledge and high standard of ski guiding techniques and the instruction of ski mountaineering. They should be able to teach guiding and instruction techniques to participants who are on their Ski Guide Level 1 course.

Level 2 participants should be able to demonstrate that they can take leadership roles in team situations and provide quality feedback to other course participants.

For Ski Guides the guided mountaineering standard is Grade 1 and only to access skiing. Personal mountaineering competence should be at least Grade 3.

Participants should be able to:
Act as lead guides for ski touring, heliski, and glacier skiing operations.
Direct ski mountaineering instruction courses in glaciated terrain.
If this is the final IFMGA Course, the participant should be considered a worthy ambassador to any IFMGA country.



NZMGA LogoOn successfully passing a Ski Guide Level 2 course and ratification by the Technical Subcommittee, the participant attains the status of NZMGA Ski Guide.

To be allocated a place on a Ski Guide Level 2 Course, you must have met the following criteria:

A written record or logbook must be presented on application as proof that experience and supervision requirements have been met.

  • The course will take place in one of the high alpine areas of the Southern Alps. Typical venues are Aoraki/Mt Cook, Westland, and Mount Aspiring.
  • Ski Guides Courses are 14 days long and are held around the end of September.



Client care
1 Trip preparation and planning 10
2 Communication with client 10
3 Route selection 20
4 Terrain analysis 20
5 Pace setting 10
6 Cooking and camp management 10
7 Shelters and bivouacs 10
8 Application of guiding technique 10
9 Group management 10
10 Heliski guiding 10
11 Client control 20
12 Client safety 20
Subtotal 160


Personal skills and knowledge
13 General mountain movement 10
14 Fitness and stamina 10
15 Professionalism and personal appearance 10
16 Personal equipment 5
17 Reaction under stress 10
18 Leadership and decision making 10
19 Rope handling  10
22 Snow and ice climbing  10
23 Step cutting 5
24 Belays on snow and ice 10
25 Navigation 10
26 Snow safety skills 20
27 Mountain weather 10
Subtotal 130


Subtotal 50
31 Speech and contact with students 10
32 Structure of the lesson 10
33 Site selection 10
34 Support material and demonstration 10
35 Ability to motivate 10


Search and Rescue
37 Crevasse extraction 10
38 Stretchers 10
39 Avalanche rescue and transceivers 10
Subtotal 30


41 Downhill skiing (Alpine) 20
42 Laying a skinning track 20
Subtotal 40
Course Total 410


Mandatory non-assessment topics
These topics must be covered in a discussion format
- Radio use
- Aircraft safety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- NZMGA Harassment Policy
- NZMGA Accident Investigation Policy
- NZMGA Terrain, Supervision and Professional Guidelines


Trainers/assessors will give a written summary with comments and recommendations.

Important information before you attend this course:

Technical Syllabus Analysis of Topics Assessment Advice Assessment and Certification