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SNOWSHOEING

Visit and walk on a frozen lake on a snowshoeing trip in the Remarkables mountain range.

The Queenstown Backcountry Snowshoeing trip takes you into the Remarkables backcountry. With the use of snow shoes we travel easily across deep snow and through mountain terrain.

From the boundary of the ski area we head into the Remarkables backcountry travelling past schist outcrops and over deep snow climbing our way towards Lake Alta. Lake Alta is a picturesque frozen glacial lake and you will have the opportunity to walk on the frozen lake!

On the journey to Lake Alta you will have views of the mountains of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. On a clear day it is possible to get views of Mt Aspiring and the Fiordland mountains.

Single Cone and Double Cone the highest peaks in the Remarkables mountain range rise sharply above the lake making for a stunning mountain backdrop.

The Queenstown Backcountry Snowshoeing trip is a great first backcountry experience. You will be inspired when you see the terrain the climbers and skiers visit in the winter season.

This is an exciting and rewarding half day of alpine travel. You will need a medium level of fitness and be confident at moving on uneven terrain where no trail exists. Your guide will lead the trip from the front breaking trail through the soft pristine backcountry powder snow. All of our guides are specialist professional mountain guides that normally guide in alpine areas so you will be in safe hands. Our guides will assist you and inform you about mountaineering and skiing in local mountain areas.

 

LOCATION

Remarkables Mountain Range.

MEETING POINT & TIME

Your guide will pick you up at 8.30am from your accomodaton in Queenstown.

TRIP DURATION

Approximately 5 hours.

BAD WEATHER POLICY

If we cannot operate the trip because of bad weather we will operate the trip on the next good weather day.

OUR DAY

From Queenstown it is a 45 minute drive to the top of the Remarkables ski area road. We put our snow shoes on and then travel up and through the Remarkables ski field and then into the backcountry.

From the boundary of the ski area we head into the Remarkables backcountry travelling past schist rock outcrops and over deep snow climbing our way up to lake Alta. Lake Alta is a picturesque frozen glacial lake and you will have the opportunity to walk on the frozen lake. Single Cone and Double Cone the highest peaks in the Remarkables mountain range rise sharply above the lake making for a stunning mountain backdrop.

You can expect to be  back in Queenstown by 1:30pm.

SNOWSHOEING

1 to 8 people
Half day
From $225
June to October

BOOK A PRIVATE TRIP


INCLUSIONS

  • Guide fees
  • Snow shoes
  • Walking poles
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Food and snacks

TRIP NOTES

Experience required
The minimum requirement is that you have an intermediate level of fitness and you are comfortable walking uphill on uneven terrain. No previous snowshoeing experience is required.
What to bring
  • Hiking/walking boots
  • Small water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Appropriate clothing for the day – fleece, wool, polypropylene, wet weather jacket & pants, warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Small hiking pack
  • Snacks & food for the day
  • 1 litre of water
Clothing & equipment

Hiking 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. 

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.

Guide to participant ratios
Our Remarkables Mountain Hike trips are privately guided. The maximum guide to participant ratio for your private group can be up to 6 participants per guide.
Scrambling on the Remarkables
Hiking in the Remarkables backcountry Queenstown
View of Lake Alta Remarkables
Single and Double Cone Remarkables Queenstown