The Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Three Day Beginners Backcountry Skiing Courses.
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3 Day Beginners Backcountry Skiing New Zealand Trip Notes
The trip will run with a minimum number of two people and a maximum of eight. The guiding ratio is 1:4.
Adventure Consultants is a member of the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association Professional and experienced mountain guides run the trip. Adventure Consultants have a commitment to ensure the highest standard of instruction and guiding practices and we only employ guides who share our philosophy. Our guides will offer you the best possible learning experience, and a safe and enjoyable time. An open and helpful approach is encouraged within the group to help communicate and Adventure Consultants' mountain guides are qualified IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain and Ski Guides reinforce the learning process.
Our guides are all NZMGA and/or IFMGA internationally qualified. They have been trained and assessed through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association, and operate to the high standards and guidelines set out by the association.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Emberly Wetherall, Client Liaison
Emberly has been with Adventure Consultants since March 2016 in the role of Client Liaison and Retail Buyer. She brings a positive attitude and 'can do' approach to her role.
Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication. Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.
Level of Experience Required
You need to be a strong intermediate skier or snowboarder. Your guide places special focus on fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly.
Preparing for Your Trip
To make the most of your skiing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness and skiing/snowboarding prior to the trip.
We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance to protect you the self in case of injury or mishap prior to/or whilst on our trips. This is usually available as an option when you purchase your airfare.
Whilst our focus is on safety and our track record supports this, the mountains do have hazards and there is always the potential for mishap.
If you were injured whilst on the trip the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) will pay rescue costs, however you would not be eligible for bulk compensation payments. You are responsible for any medical or evacuation costs beyond the cover provided by ACC. Hence it is worth getting travel insurance for your trip.
We place emphasis on providing nutritious meals and a good supply of snack food throughout the trip. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. For special diets such as vegan and gluten/dairy free, we will call you to discuss your needs and how this will work in the group cooking situation.
Wanaka has a range of accommodation from backpackers, motels, hotels and luxury lodges. We are happy to assist with your accommodation arrangements.
The best thing of all about this trip is that the course operates from a cosy hut, high up above the snowline. A short tour takes us directly to the surrounding peaks and bowls with vast amounts of untracked snow. The hut provides a cosy atmosphere to enjoy the evening meals and reflect on each days skiing before a well-earned sleep.
Please note: Adventure Consultants will provide accommodation while the course is running which is from 9.00am on Day 1 until 5.00pm on Day 3. All accommodation outside this time will be at your expense.
Clothing & Equipment
While winter ski touring in the New Zealand mountains requires good personal gear due to the potential cold weather conditions, your regular ski clothing, bulked up with a warm down jacket (and a few other items) will normally suffice. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment, whilst keeping pack weights as light as possible for your comfort and ease of travel. We can supply a winter sleeping bag for your use on the course if you do not have your own.
Click here for a comprehensive equipment list. We carry a good range of modern rental equipment. If you will be renting equipment from us please advise your requirements in advance to ensure correct sizing and availability. If you intend on buying any equipment items, we are happy to advise on recommended brands and models, and of key importance - their suitability to the type of activity. We offer our clients discounted prices on a selection of equipment and clothing, and can arrange for the equipment to be available upon your arrival.
Your guide will go through an equipment checklist with you prior to the trip. We have snowshoes available for rent for snowboarders or we can help you rent a split board and climbing skins. For skiers, we can help you with sourcing rental of specialised touring skis, boots and climbing skins.
You can also read the following equipment notes which are designed to help you when making decisions about which equipment best suits your personal needs.
Air New Zealand and Qantas/Jetstar provide daily services between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch International airports and Queenstown, and there are also direct flights from Australian cities to Queenstown on a limited basis.
Bus services operate daily between Christchurch and Queenstown (approximately 6 hours travel time).
Weather is an integral facet of any mountain range but the advantage of this trip is we do not rely on helicopter access so we are able to ski up in the Pisa Range area in all but the worse storms. Temperatures will drop to as low as –10° Celsius at night and could rise to as high as 15° Celsius during the day.