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3-day Beginner Backcountry Ski Touring Trip based in the Pisa Range

3-day Beginner Backcountry Ski Touring Trip based in the Pisa Range | New Zealand

Join the IMGA/NZMGA-certified AC mountain guiding team on a backcountry ski adventure! With them you'll get to explore all of the slopes from Queenstown to Wanaka's Pisa Range!

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Southern Alps

3 Days

Jul, Aug




Join us for a beginner’s backcountry ski adventure in New Zealand’s South Island! It will be a great learning opportunity for all of you new to the sport of backcountry skiing as well as the slopes of New Zealand’s Pisa Range and Queenstown.

The Pisa Range and Queenstown are home to some great ski slopes, all of which you get to explore on our 3-day trip! We will spend our first day making sure to teach you all of the beginner’s basics of backcountry skiing such as safety procedures and techniques to ensure that you have a good foundational understanding of the sport. With place great emphasis on strong training because we believe that only with this information will you be able to enjoy every minute spent on the mountains!

After spending a night in our accommodation, we will enjoy a leisurely breakfast before doing a ski tour to the summit of Mt Pisa (1,963 meters). From the summit, we offer various options for skiing back down, depending on your level of comfort with the sport. If you feel intrepid, you can take the steeper descent going towards Cromwell in the east side of the mountain. Should you prefer a less steep slope, there are descending routes headed west towards Cardona and Mt Aspiring. And once everyone completes their day on the hill, we all get to cozy back up in our accommodation for the evening.

Our final day will be spent rising very early to enjoy some final trips on the mountain. After enjoying some lunch, we will transport you back to the original meeting location.

This 3-day trip is designed for those new to backcountry skiing and we, therefore, take great care of you, covering all of your meals, transportation, group equipment and accommodation. It is asked that you provide your own personal equipment but you have the option of renting such items from our offices in advance. Finally, we ask that your personal level of fitness is strong, and that you feel confident as an intermediate on-piste skier in order to enjoy and excel in the backcountry.

So, if you enjoy skiing and are keen to learn the sport of backcountry skiing, join us in the Pisa Range! And if you are looking for a more demanding ski tour, feel free to come with us on this trip to Mount Cook.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees


Day 1: Day 1

Meet at our office in Wanaka (address listed below) at 9 a.m. Transportation from our office to the ski range will be provided. We will spend the rest of the day doing a bit of training and skiing before retiring to our accommodation for the night.

Day 2: Day 2

On Day 2, we will ski from the summit of Mt Pisa (1,963 meters) and you will be provided with different incline options, thereafter.

Day 3: Day 3

On our final day we wake up bright and early for one or two ski sessions. After having lunch, transportation will be provided out of the ski range to the Snow Farm resort.



More info

Transport from mainland New Zealand to Wanaka is simple, as Air New Zealand and Qantas/Jetstar offer many flights there. Transport from Queenstown to Wanaka is also easily available by shuttle. But should you need any help arranging transport, we are happy to be of aid.

Meeting point

Our office, at 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka at 9 a.m.

About the guide

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New Zealand Adventure Conslt



Mountain Leader

We are a group of 46 certified mountain guides, guiding during the winter and summer, in New Zealand but also all around the world. Our organisation is affiliated to the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA), New
Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) and a corporate member of the American Alpine Club (AAC).

We perform to IFMGA/UIAGM standards and are world leaders in high altitude guiding.

We organise large expeditions, trekking and skiing trips. We also have a climbing school.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to have more information and details about our mountain guides organisation and the guiding trip we do.





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What people are saying about New Zealand Adventure Conslt



Great trip to Gillespie Pass! The organisation was great, and in particular my guide Cameron was really professional and very well prepared, and we had a lot of fun on some spectacular hikes and chilling out afterwards at the excellent huts. An absolute highlight of my New Zealand trip!

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