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SKI TOURING & COURSES

We know where the powder is! New Zealand’s best backcountry skiing & ski touring trips.

SKI TOURING

New Zealand’s best ski touring and ski mountaineering trips. Get away from the queues and the tracked terrain and get into the backcountry, we know where the powder is! Queenstown Mountain Guides operate  professionally guided single day ski touring trips in Queenstown and multi-day hut based trips on New Zealand’s glaciers. From your first ski tour through to serious ski mountaineering descents in New Zealand’s highest mountains we can show you the best skiing.

The 3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour is a great introduction to backcountry skiing & snow boarding. The 3 day tour is based from a mountain hut in the Pisa range near Queenstown & Wanaka. This is a good ski tour for skiers and snowboarders with a ski resort background that want to learn about backcountry travel on skis and boards or for those that would simply like a backcountry mountain experience with some great skiing.

1 to 4 people

3 days

From $1125

July to October

Daily ski touring & snowboarding in the Remarkables backcountry. Ski some steeps, shred some powder, or get an introduction to backcountry while leaning about avalanche safety. The Remarkables offer easy access to lots of great backcountry skiing terrain.

1 to 6 people

1 day

From $250

Late June to October

The Tasman Glacier in the Mt Cook region offers some of the Southern Alps most spectacular powder and spring skiing, with incredible views of New Zealand's highest mountains, and long glacier ski runs. 

1 to 4 people

5 to 10 days

From $2,050

July to November

Ski and ride New Zealand's best backcountry skiing terrain. We have the option of basing this epic tent based backcountry skiing trip from Queenstown, Glenorchy, Wanaka, or the Mt Cook region. These areas have New Zealand's best terrain and snow and are normally only accessed by skiing groups. The 3 day Backcountry Skiing Camps are based from light weight expedition style tent camps. This gives us the opportunity to set up camp where the snow and weather conditions are best for the duration of your trip.

1 to 4 people

3 days

From $1,500

July to October

The Murchison Glacier and it surrounding tributaries and mountains is New Zealand's best glaciated ski touring destination. Remote, beautiful, steep, mellow, committing & serious are all words that could be used to describe the skiing in the Murchison... there are ski lines for everyone from first time ski tourers to skiers and snow boarders looking for serious & steep glaciated ski mountaineering terrain.

1 to 4 people

6 days

From $2,350

July to October

The Mt Aspiring Chalet is located on the boundary of the Mt Aspiring National park. With incredible views of Mt Aspiring the chalet offers private luxury mountain accommodation and an incredible base for ski touring & split boarding. 

1 to 6 people

2 to 4 days

POA

June to October

Experience the remoteness, spectacular scenery, and great skiing in the high mountains around Queenstown.  Included in the Helicopter Accessed Ski Touring Day Trips is two helicopter flights so we can access the best ski touring and split boarding terrain and then fly out from the bottom of a run at the end of the day.

1 to 4 people

9 hours

From $700

June to October

The Cass Valley Ski Tour is 5 day ski tour based from a private mountain hut in the Cass Valley area located east of the main divide of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. There are many possibilities in this area from ski touring to ski mountaineering and a minimum of 5 days in this area is a great idea to make the most of the incredible terrain. The Cass Valley is a classic New Zealand ski touring destination and a must do.

3 to 4 people

5 days

$2,895

July to September

SKI TOURING & AVALANCHE COURSES

Learn the skills  to travel safely in the backcountry. Our focus is to teach backcountry travellers the skills needed to travel efficiently through the backcountry. You will also learn about equipment, clothing, avalanche decision making, planning, and rescue skills. On our ski mountaineering courses you will learn the skills needed to travel, ski, and climb in big mountain glaciated terrain
6 day big mountain skiing program designed for skiers & snowboarders to learn ski mountaineering and backcountry avalanche skills in glaciated terrain. The 6 day course includes the NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) Backcountry Avalanche Qualification.

3 to 4 people

6 days

$2,895

July to October

The Backcountry Travel Course is for recreational backcountry skiers and boarders. Learn avalanche skills & backcountry travel techniques - proper use of backcountry equipment, navigation & route planning, group management, route setting, assessing mountain terrain for safest routes of ascent & descent & identifying mountain & snowpack areas of concern.

3 to 10 people

2.5 days

$595

July to August

A New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited course for skiers & snowboarders. Focus on skills and knowledge to make safe decisions when travelling in avalanche terrain and rescue skills if someone in your party is caught in an avalanche.

3 to 12 people

1.5 days

$270

June to August

The 4 day Backcountry Avalanche Course is a comprehensive backcountry avalanche skills course. The 4 day Backcountry Avalanche  Course is for recreational backcountry skiers and snow boarders. This course is the next step course is you have previously participated on an Avalanche Awareness Course or the Backcountry Travel Course. As part of the course you will receive the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council MSC Backcountry Avalanche Certificate and Avalanche Transceiver Certificate of Competency.

2 to 4 people

4 days

$1,450

July to September

SKI EXPEDITIONS

Do you want an adventure of a lifetime? Do you enjoy exploring remote mountain terrain.  Your options for ski touring adventures are  limitless. From glaciated peaks rising directly from the Arctic seas to breathtaking fjords and remote alpine summits… there is a ski touring adventure for you.
The Murchison Glacier and it surrounding tributaries and mountains is New Zealand's best glaciated ski touring destination. Remote, beautiful, steep, mellow, committing & serious are all words that could be used to describe the skiing in the Murchison... there are ski lines for everyone from first time ski tourers to skiers and snow boarders looking for serious & steep glaciated ski mountaineering terrain.

1 to 4 people

6 days

From $2,350

July to October