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5-Day trip

Price: $3300 pp for 1:2, $6300 for 1:1 or a $1000 per day plus heli flights.

Season: Aug – Dec

Riding level: Strong Intermediate to Expert

Fitness level: moderate to very high

Guiding: 1:2 or 1:1

3-Day trip

Price pp: $1100 (1:3), $1600 (1:2), $3000 (1:1) or $1000 per day.

Season: Aug – Dec

Riding level: Strong Intermediate to Advanced

Fitness level: moderate and above

Guiding: up to 1:3

The ski mountaineering concept is simple

The ski / snowboard mountaineering concept is simple: climb up and ski or snowboard down. On what mountain lines is this possible?   This is only limited by your skills, the conditions at the time and amount of risk you’re willing to take.  After all, K2 has recently been skied! It takes judgement, climbing, avalanche and route assessment skills to ski the ideal line.  Many strong riders lack the skills to make skiing the lines they want a reality or they’re taking bigger risks than they are aware of when they do them. The top riders, along with their strong riding skills, also have judgement, climbing, avalanche and route assessment skills.  You need all of these to ride the best possible lines with enough safety margin to keep doing it year after year.

So what are these skills exactly?

There are many pieces to the puzzle.  We need to be able to:

  • assess what clothing and equipment to take, where to save weight and what lightweight equipment won’t do the job
  • know whether to rope up to travel across glaciers, belay over crevasses
  • skin up, transition to boot pack or front point on crampons up steep icy slopes
  • transition safely in steep terrain, from climbing to the ski descent.

As well as all that, we must:

  • get the timing correct so the snow is in the right condition for our style of ski descent: not too icy or too hot and avalanche prone
  • manage sluffing and pick islands of safety between exposed sections
  • know what to do when things go wrong.

Avalanche management is also a huge part, so we also run specific courses in this if you want to upskill in this area (see Avalanche Safety Course).

A guide can help your ski mountaineering

Getting all this right is key to pick the perfect lines for the avalanche, glacier and snow conditions. An extensive local knowledge of terrain and NZ’s weather will allow us to be in the right place at the right time. My experience ski mountaineering in NZ, Canada and on 4000m summits in the European Alps gives me a valuable insight of the different challenges and styles that are needed to put the pieces of the puzzle together and accurately judge the level of risk.

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Interested in backcountry skiing?

Skiing in the backcountry doesn’t have to be extreme.  Check out our ski touring trips here.

Enquiries & bookings.

Please contact us by email or whatsapp if you are interested in booking a trip with us.  Then we can confirm Tim’s availability and give you a better picture of typical mountain conditions around the desired dates.  We will also check whether your experience and fitness level are suitable for the objective and, if not, may be able to suggest other exciting alternatives.

Other links of Interest:

Interested in some mountaineering?

Aoraki Mount Cook

A long day rewarded by amazing views

Mt Aspiring

The ‘Matterhorn of the South’

Milford Mountains, Fiordland National Park

Mitre Peak, Tutoko, Mt Madeline …..

The Remarkables

A great day trip from Queenstown

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