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ABOUT US

Queenstown Mountain Guides goal is to present you some of the best climbing and skiing experiences you’ve ever had. We are a small boutique guiding company based in Queenstown New Zealand. Queenstown Mountain Guides offers personalised climbing, skiing, and trekking experiences. Before the start of your trip with us we can offer you personal advice about selecting the right trip for you. We are a company that cares about our clients experiences. If you are looking for a large commercial guiding operator you have come to the wrong place.

Safety is an important issue in the mountains. To achieve a high level of safety and success in the mountains Queenstown Mountain Guides employ a small team of professionally qualified guides and instructors. Our guides and instructors are qualified through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association which is a member of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA). We also use New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) instructors & guides for mountaineering and rock climbing guiding in Queenstown and on the Remarkables.

Queenstown Mountain Guides is a Department of Conservation Approved Business. We have  passed the environmental standards set by DOC, as well as safety standards set by an independent auditor, and been approved to operate in public conservation areas.

Queenstown Mountain Guides is Safety Audit Certified. This certification demonstrates that an operator’s Safety Management System complies with the Safety Audit Standard for Adventure Activities.  Certification enables the operator to be registered by WorkSafe NZ as an authorised adventure activity operator. This certification is JAS-ANZ accredited.

 

MIKE MADDEN

IFMGA MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE – OWNER & CHIEF GUIDE

Mike has over 20 years of experience mountaineering, climbing, skiing, guiding, and teaching in New Zealand’s Southern Alps and many other mountain ranges around the world including the Himalayas, Antarctica, Alaska, Europe, and Canada.

Over the winter season Mike is the Chief Guide for Harris Mountains Heli-skiing, chasing the best powder skiing that New Zealand has to offer. In his spare time Mike chases waves with a kite and a surf board on New Zealand’s wild south coast and other wave kite surfing destinations throughout the world.

The challenge of matching different skill levels, locations, and mountain activities keeps Mike motivated to continue this lifestyle.

MARINA MATHEWS

BUSINESS MANAGER
Marina has a Bachelor of Business degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology. Marina worked as a financial controller for large multinational companies in Singapore and Australia and had her last corporate stint at media giant Publishing & Broadcasting Limited.
 
Since leaving city & corporate life, she started her own Queenstown based architectural photography business.  With her financial management background she now takes care of business matters for Queenstown Mountain Guides.

CHRIS PRUDDEN

NZOIA ALPINE 2 

Chris has over 30 years of guiding experience and is an alpine assessor for the New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association. A keen conversationalist Chris is a very patient guide and instructor with more experience than anyone guiding on the Remarkables mountain range.

Chris has given a lifetime of voluntary service to New Zealand mountain rescue and is currently with the Queenstown Alpine Cliff Rescue Team where he is an assessor for NZ Land SAR.

Before moving to Queenstown Chris lived in Taranaki operating his own guiding business there for 20 years.This included multiple ascents of Mt Taranaki, culminating in a huge 1320 ascents over a 30 year period.

KATERINA MACESKOVA

NZMGA ASSISTANT SKI GUIDE

Kat is an avid skier and powder seeker. Born and raised in the Czech republic, she has spent her childhood and adolescent years skiing in the Alps and Dolomites. Fifteen years ago she discovered ski touring and immediately fell in love with the sport and life style. Since then, she has explored the backcountry in the European Alps, Canada, Alaska, New Zealand and Japan.

Kat is currently ski guiding in New Zealand and Japan. When she is not skiing, she likes rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking. She is also passionate about getting more girls and women into the outdoors by organising All girls trips.

TIM ROBERTSON

IFMGA MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE

Tim is a laidback but highly professional kiwi mountain guide with an attention safety and detail. Tim started his guiding career in New Zealand and has extensive experience in the southern alps guiding mountaineering, rock climbing, and backcountry skiing.

Tim’s experience includes 6 seasons of heli-skiing in New Zealand, guiding in the Himalayas, Norway and Europe. Tim’s second home is Interlaken Switzerland where he regularly guides Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, the Eiger and other classic 4000m peaks.

MARK AUSTIN

IFMGA MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE

A Queenstown local, Mark has climbed, skied, and guided throughout the worlds mountain ranges. Marks experience includes avalanche forecasting, heliskiing guiding, and leading international expeditions.

Mark is also a qualified teacher and a talented instructor when teaching mountaineering and backcountry skiing skills. Mark is a an assessor and the Training Officer for the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association.

SAM BOSSHARD

IFMGA MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE

Sam has over 25 years of guiding and mountain instruction experience and is a passionate and professional mountain and ski guide with incredible attention to detail.

A talented guide, climber, skier, and mountaineer, and instructor – Sam’s main passion is rock climbing and he is credited with many first ascents. His favourite climbing area is the Darran Mountains in Fiordland. Sam is a trainer and assessor for the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association.

WILL ROUNTREE

NZMGA ASSISTANT SKI GUIDE & ASSISTANT CLIMBING GUIDE

Will is a Queenstown local with a background in ski patrol and alpine rescue and currently runs the avalanche forecasting program for the Remarkables Ski Field in Queenstown.

An avid skier and climber both within NZ and overseas and currently travels between Japan and New Zealand to work as a backcountry skiing guide in Hakuba Japan.

 

PETER WHITWORTH

NZMGA SKI GUIDE & ASSISTANT CLIMBING GUIDE

A super nice guy Peter is a talented and patient guide and instructor that is very popular with our clients. Originally coming to mountaineering from a skiing background Peter spent 8 years working as a ski patroller and was the avalanche forecaster for the Remarkables ski field in Queenstown as well as working for the Mt Cook Alpine Search and Rescue team. Peter has skied and travelled in Europe, India, North America and Japan. Currently peter is guiding mountaineering and rock climbing in the summer season and is heli-skiing in the winter.

 

MANU GREER

NZMGA ASSISTANT SKI GUIDE

Manu started working in the South Island’s mountains as a ski patroller in winters and a backcountry ranger in summers. Now chasing winters, he has worked seasons in China, Canada, Japan, USA and the Republic of Georgia, as a guide, patroller and avalanche forecaster.

He has a patient and calm approach, and loves to pass on tips and knowledge about touring and snow safety.

 

RUPERT GARDINER

NZOIA ALPINE 2 & ROCK 2

Rupert grew up in Queenstown and over the past 20 years has made first ascents and established many new alpine, mixed, and rock routes in the local mountains and climbing areas. Rupert is a talented climber, guide, and instructor and having grown up in Queenstown he has a great knowledge the local mountains and rock climbing areas. Rupert is a team leader for the Queenstown Alpine Cliff Rescue Team.

 

 

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Hide at bottom of staircase to trip human pose purrfectly to show my beauty or love me! this human feeds me, i should be a god. Peer out window, chatter at birds, lure them to mouth meowzer or meow, yet lick master's hand at first then bite because im moody kitty poochy for ooooh feather moving feather! 

Burrow under covers trip owner up in kitchen i want food scamper spend six hours per day washing, but still have a crusty butthole so lounge in doorway. Slap the dog because cats rule plays league of legends. Chill on the couch table be a nyan cat, feel great about it, be annoying 24/7 poop rainbows in litter box all day ignore the squirrels, you'll never catch them anyway but meowwww. Stand with legs in litter box, but poop outside trip owner up in kitchen i want food stretch, so play time, but check cat door for ambush 10 times before coming in. Mice.

Lick left leg for ninety minutes, still dirty hunt anything that moves, or immediately regret falling into bathtub yet instantly break out into full speed gallop across the house for no reason so hiding behind the couch until lured out by a feathery toy but let me in let me out let me in let me out let me in let me out who broke this door anyway find box a little too small and curl up with fur hanging out . Sweet beast.

INSTRUCTION TOPICS MAY INCLUDE

  • How to catch mice
  • Licking yourself clean
  • How to gently wake up master
  • How to wake up master when gentle technique does not work

POSSIBLE DESCENTS

  • Minarets (3040m) 800m + ski descent
  • Elie De Beaumont (3,109m) 800 m + ski descent
  • Pioneer to Chancellor Hut 1000m ski descent
  • Hochsetter Dome (2810m) 500m+ ski descent
  • Murchison Headwall descent to Murchison Hut
  • Mt Hamilton, Bonney Glacier, and Turnbull Glaciers 700m + ski descent
  • Whataroa Saddle and Mannering Glacier, Aida Glacier, Mount Cooper 800m + ski descent

LOCATION

Pisa Range near Queenstown and Wanaka

MEETING POINT & TIME

Your guide will meet with you at 8.30am on the first day of the trip at your accomodation. Alternatively, you are welcome to come to our office at Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd in Queenstown.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions.

Day 1

On the first morning of the camp we will meet at 8.30am at our office in Queenstown. We will discuss current snow & mountain conditions and look at the weather forecast for the trip. The final decision on the camp location will be decided by the guide and based on the location that will provide the best conditions for the week.

Your guide will check through all of your equipment and make sure you have everything you need for the trip. After the equipment check we will travel to the mountains. This will take approximately 2.5 depending on the location of the trip. Once we arrive at the location we will fly into the mountains at the first opportunity.

Day2

Exciting things to do on day 2.

Day 3

More exciting things to do on day 3 before packing up and going home.

SKI MOUNTAINEERING COURSE

3 - 4 people

6 days

$2,700

July to late September

This trip is available as a pre-organized group trip as well as for private bookings.

JOIN A GROUP TRIP

REQUEST A PRIVATE TRIP/COURSE

PRIVATE TRIPS

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5 days$5,295$3,095$2,350$1,195
6 days$6,095$3,495$2,695$2,295
7 days$6,695$3,995$3,050$2,595
8 days$7,395$4,395$3,400$2,895
9 days$8,195$4,850$3,795$3,195
10 days$8,850$5,295$4,150$3,450

INCLUSIONS

  • Guide fees
  • Flights into and out of the mountains
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Avalance transceiver, shovel, probe
  • Text book 'Avalanche Awareness in the New Zealand Backcountry' by Penny Goddard
  • MSC Backcountry Avalanche Qualification
  • MSC Backcountry Avalanche Qualification
  • Hut fees
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment
  • Department of Conservation concession fees
  • Meals and snacks

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Ski touring skis & boot hire

TRIP NOTES

Experience required

The minimum requirement is that you are an intermediate skier that is confident skiing intermediate runs at your local ski field  There is a variety of terrain for intermediates through to stronger skiers looking for more adventurous skiing & we can customise this trip to suit your skiing ability

What to bring
Clothing & equipment

Skiing & climbing in the New Zealand mountains requires that you have high quality equipment and clothing due to the extremes of weather we experience. Please ensure you look carefully at our equipment checklist. At the start of the trip your guide will go through your equipment and make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. Please organise to have your extra equipment stored at your accomodation for the duration of the trip.

It is important that you keep as close as possible to the equipment checklist. The focus is on ensuring that you have the equipment you need, but also on keeping your pack as light as possible. If your guide is meeting you at your accomodation for the start of the trip it would be helpful if you have all your equipment and clothing organised and laid out in a logical fashion so they can check that everyone has the right equipment and clothing for the trip.

Ski touring equipment and split boards can be hired from Small Planet Outdoors, 17 Shotover St, Queenstown. For snowboarders Queenstown Mountain Guides rents snow shoes for $25 per day that can be used as an alternative to a split board setup.

Accomodation during the trip

In the mountains you will stay in mountains huts. These dormitory style huts are cosy and provide good shelter form the elements, they are all located in spectacular locations, but they are also basic. The huts have water, cooking facilities, a mountain radio, and a bunk area with individual mattresses. There are no showers or electrical sockets for recharging.

For overnights in Mt Cook village & Fox Glacier we will stay in the New Zealand Alpine Club huts. These dormitory style huts have shared bathroom facilities.

Accomodation in Queenstown before or after the trip is not included in trip costs.

To organise accomodation in Queenstown, we recommend www.booking.com. Here you will find a wide range of accomodation depending on your preferred style and budget. The cost of accomodation in Queenstown is not included in your trip costs.

Daily trip logistics

Every day in the mountains is different with changing weather, snowpack, and access conditions. When you book your trip with Queenstown Mountain Guides we will discuss your goals for the trip and the general plan. When you meet with your guide on the first morning of your trip your guide will discuss with you the weather forecast and current conditions and make a final plan for the trip. It is best to be flexible so we can ensure that you will make the most of your time with us.

At the start of the trip we will fly into the mountains at the first possible opportunity.

Each day in the mountains will typically start at 7.00am. On some days we may start earlier, for example if we have a serious ski mountaineering objective that requires an early start.

On any poor weather days it is possible to learn skills inside the hut - for example crevasse rescue, navigation, weather theory, avalanche awareness.

On the final day of the trip we will aim to have you back in Queenstown by approximately 5.00pm.

Guide to participant ratios

The maximum guide to participant ratio that we ski guide in glaciated at is 1 guide to 4 participants. In glaciated terrain groups larger than 4 participants require an extra guide. In non glaciated terrain we can run trips with 6 participants to 1 guide.

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Mountain hut
Digging into snow
Man skiing by rocky mountain

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