The programme is run by Peter Bilous, who is renowned in New Zealand and North America for producing some of the leading people in the avalanche industry.

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Jim Young has found his true calling in the mountains, and the Diploma in Avalanche Studies from Otago Polytechnic helped him get there.

After leaving high school, he trained as an automotive engineer, but realised this wasn’t for him. Now he’s working as a ski patroller at The Remarkables – and soon he will be off to Japan to work as a ski guide for the northern winter.

The Diploma programme at Otago Polytechnic’s Wanaka campus, incorporates the NZMSC Avalanche Stage 2 Certificate, a prerequisite for most industry management roles. “Otago Polytechnic is the sole provider of this certificate in New Zealand, my diploma has already opened many doors within the ski industry.” says Jim finding work as a professional ski patroller in Queenstown, Colorado and Canada.

The highlight is gaining the avalanche qualifications from such a well-respected institution. “The programme is run by Peter Bilous,” explains Jim, “who is renowned in New Zealand and North America for producing some of the leading people in the avalanche industry.” Jim is now studying for his NZMGA Assistant Ski Guide qualification “This will enable me to further my scope of work available within this exhilarating industry.

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