I completed an Avalanche Skills Training level 1 course in 2013, organised by Dave and Pieta Herring, who I have skied with for twenty years. While I had been a backcountry skier for a few of these years, this course really improved my knowledge of the snow and the conditions that help make skiing safer.
Dave is a keen believer in snow safety and the avalanche safety courses are an integral part of his approach to introducing people to the pleasures and challenges of backcountry skiing. Having skied and trekked all over the main range, Dave knows most of the ‘nooks and crannies’ up there and as a guide or skiing companion I reckon he is second to none.