To apply for a place on the Ski Guide Pathway, you must present for consideration to the NZMGA Training Officer a ski touring and ski mountaineering resume that meets the following minimum international standard. This is to set a solid base of personal ski touring and mountaineering skills, knowledge and experience from which to launch a guides training pathway.



  • A minimum of three seasons winter backcountry skiing or ski mountaineering, of which at least 2 seasons must be in New Zealand.
  • Have logged a minimum of 30 quality ski touring/ski mountaineering days.

Of the 30 quality ski tour days have logged 10 days of winter ski mountaineering of Grade 1 (Logan) peaks which demonstrate competency in the use of crampons, rope and ice axe and have logged minimum 2 ski mountaineering ascents of minimum Grade 2 (Logan) peaks in winter. eg Lendenfield, Elie de Beaumont, Minarets, Brewster, Edgar Thompson, Bannie etc.

Of the 30 quality days, 15 must have been on glaciated terrain.


Ski patrol avalanche control work as part of a well structured snow safety programme can be counted for up to 10 days worth of the minimum 30 quality ski touring/ski mountaineering days required.