Each winter the Club runs a Snowcraft Instruction Programme.  This consists of three days away at Ruapehu and a weeknight evening session prior to each day trip.   It starts with Snowcraft 1 (SC1) which is for beginners and those wanting confidence for tramping and basic survival in snow conditions.   Snowcraft 2 (SC2) is Intermediate in level and includes basic rope work for alpine tramping and climbing.  Snowcraft 3 (SC3) is Advanced and includes more skills for mountaineering.   Each level (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for the next.  The weeknight sessions are an integral part of the programme.  Combined, a comprehensive instruction programme is presented.  Trainees in groups of 2-4 will team up with Club instructors for tuition.

Dates are as follows:


Snowcraft 1: either 12th or 13th August, Mt Ruapehu (evening intro and briefing Wed 9th August)
Snowcraft 2: 26th or 27th August, Mt Ruapehu (evening briefing and intro rope work Wed 23rd August)
Snowcraft 3: 9th or 10th September, Mt Ruapehu (evening briefing and rope work Wed 6th September)

Course costs as follows:

These cover weeknight venues, transport, group gear hire, and instruction.  Individual gear hire, if needed, is an additional cost for non-PNTMC members.

SC 1 SC 2 SC 3  
$60 $60 $60 PNTMC member $180
$70 $70 $70 non-PNTMC member $210


Places are limited.  Confirmation of your place on the complete or part programme requires your registration form, accompanied by the fee, to be accepted by the organiser.  Once received, detailed information will then be sent to you in July.  Please complete the Registration Form and return it with payment to: Snowcraft, PNTMC, PO Box 1217, Palmerston North.  Registration forms may be emailed to and fees direct credited to the PNTMC bank account number 03-0726-0485393-00 with reference Snowcraft.

A registration form is available on this link.

Further information & registration form; Contact Grant Christian (06) 354-5843.