Ski

Only one thing is important when it comes to backcountry ski touring and riding - great snow! 


Located at the foot of the Southern Alps, Wanaka provides outstanding access and facilities to create a fantastic winter ski touring & backcountry snowboarding holiday.

  • With a choice of private backcountry huts, Aspiring Guides can provide a multi-day ski touring  experience that you will never forget.  

  • Don't forget glacier ski touring!  The ski mountaineering in New Zealand is famous the world over.  We have the luxury of being able to access the vast Glaciers of the Westland National Park as well as the eastern Tasman Glacier and its tributaries.

  • With three local ski areas to choose from, we can use lifts  to access backcountry terrain over a huge area.  Join one of our day trips to experience what backcountry ski & snowboard touring is all about.  Or if you are an expert skier, let our experienced guides show you around our more advanced terrain.

  • HIRE OUR PRIVATE MOUNTAIN HUTS  : Already got the skills to ski tour and backcountry snowboard independently?  Our Robrosa Huts are available for hire.   Click here for more details.

 

 

Ski Tours

Treble Cone Backcountry Tour 1 day

Treble Cone Backcountry Tour 1 day

Have you ever wanted to experience backcountry skiing or snowboarding for the first time? Are you an experienced backcountry skier who wants to learn where the local powder is? ...

1DAYS
1:6PEOPLE
JUNE - OCTPERIOD
From $225PER PERSON
Queenstown Backcountry Tour 1 day

Queenstown Backcountry Tour 1 day

Join us for an unforgettable day's NZ backcountry skiing or snowboarding beyond the Remarkables Ski Resort boundaries.Many people wonder why the Remarkables Ski Resort was d...

1DAYS
1:6PEOPLE
JULY - OCTPERIOD
From $225PER PERSON
Black Peak Heli-Backcountry Tour 1 day

Black Peak Heli-Backcountry Tour 1 day

Aspiring guides offers a wide range of one day ski and snowboard backcountry touring options.  Whether you are a beginner or expert we have a ski tour that will show you wh...

1DAYS
1:5PEOPLE
JULY - OCTPERIOD
From $650PER PERSON
Black Peak Ski Touring & Snowboard Tour 3 days

Black Peak Ski Touring & Snowboard Tour 3 days

Backcountry ski touring  is about one thing!  Untracked Lines every time!   And here at Aspiring Guides that is what we do - this ski touring trip provides a pure...

3DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
JULY - OCTPERIOD
From $1150PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Robrosa Ski & Snowboard Tour 2 or 4 days

Robrosa Ski & Snowboard Tour 2 or 4 days

Enjoy the exclusive use of Aspiring Guides' private Robrosa Huts.  A few years ago we founded hut-accessed touring in this area, giving access to the Northern Pisa...

4DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
JULY - SEPTPERIOD
From $745PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Summit to Sea: Glacier Ski & Snowboard Tour 5 days

Summit to Sea: Glacier Ski & Snowboard Tour 5 days

The West Coast of the South Island has two outstanding glaciers that come from the highest reaches of the Southern Alps all the way down (almost) to sea level.  These are m...

5DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
JULY - OCTPERIOD
From $2250PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Helicopter ACCESS OUT
Glacier Ski Mountaineering 5 days

Glacier Ski Mountaineering 5 days

The West Coast of the South Island has two outstanding glaciers that come from the highest reaches of the Southern Alps all the way down (almost) to sea level.  These are m...

5DAYS
1:2PEOPLE
AUG - OCTPERIOD
From $2250PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Helicopter ACCESS OUT
Whare Kea Chalet Luxury Backcountry Tour 3 days

Whare Kea Chalet Luxury Backcountry Tour 3 days

Spend a few days ski touring based out of the luxury Whare Kea Chalet.  Surrounded by spectacular mountains the area offers some of the best backcountry  terrain aroun...

3DAYS
1:5PEOPLE
JUNE - OCTPERIOD
From $POAPER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Helicopter ACCESS OUT
 Ultimate New Zealand Ski Touring Safari 12 days

Ultimate New Zealand Ski Touring Safari 12 days

Mate! New Zealand has world class ski touring.  This tour is designed for those who want to ski it all - this is the ultimate 12 day South Island Kiwi ski touring adventure...

12DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
SEPT - OCTPERIOD
From $NZ 5,250PER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION

Ski Courses

Introduction to Backcountry Touring Course 1 day

Introduction to Backcountry Touring Course 1 day

 This day course is designed for people who are new to ski or snowboard touring and looking to become familiar with the equipment and techniques before embarking on on...

1DAYS
1:6PEOPLE
JULY - OCTPERIOD
From $225PER PERSON
Avalanche Awareness Course 1.5 days

Avalanche Awareness Course 1.5 days

A NZ Mountain Saftey Council (MSC) accredited course Avalanche Awareness for Skiers, Snowboarders, Hikers & ClimbersThe Aspiring Guides Avalanche Awareness course is a...

1DAYS
1:6PEOPLE
JULY - SEPTPERIOD
From $225PER PERSON
Backcountry Avalanche Course 4 days

Backcountry Avalanche Course 4 days

A NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited courseRecognized by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, this Backcountry Avalanche Course is designed to deliver quality avala...

4DAYS
1:5PEOPLE
JULY - SEPTPERIOD
From $950PER PERSON
Backcountry Snowboard & Ski Touring Course 4 days

Backcountry Snowboard & Ski Touring Course 4 days

A NZ Mountain Saftey Council (MSC) accredited course Welcome to a classroom you will never forget, our private Robrosa Hut. This backcountry ski touring course combines a pure...

4DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
JULY - OCTPERIOD
From $1525PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Advanced Ski Touring & Mountaineering Course 4 days

Advanced Ski Touring & Mountaineering Course 4 days

Take your Ski Touring to the next levelIf you are a strong skier wanting to extend yourself, this is your chance.  Steep skiing and introductory ski mountaineering is what ...

4DAYS
1:4PEOPLE
JULY - OCTPERIOD
From $1525PER PERSON
Helicopter ACCESS IN
Walk ACCESS OUT
Backcountry Splitboard Course 4 days

Backcountry Splitboard Course 4 days

Welcome to an environment that will challenge and inspire, educate and develop.  Splitboarding is the natural progression for snowboarders wishing to get away from the crow...

4DAYS
1:3PEOPLE
JULY - SEPTPERIOD
From $1525PER PERSON
Hut ACCOMMODATION

Client Comments:

Treble Cone Backcountry Day Tour:  "... hearing the snow crystals billowing up into your lap as we skied untracked powder.  Excellent way to experience a true alpine environment at such a reasonable cost.   Very very impresed, as usual.  Keep living the dream!"

Graeme, Wanaka, New Zealand

"Andy did a great job of easing us into the trip on day 1. He was thorough in his assessment of weather and conditions. Absolutely supervised our safety at all times.  Andy was  easy to get along with and highly professional in his approach. He cooks a mean bowl of porridge as well."

Jim, USA

Both Morgan and Andrea did an outstanding job conducting the trip in a way which challenged the advanced skiers in our group whilst also providing a safe and enjoyable experience for the less advanced skiers in the group.  Good introductory terrain for a big group, great scenery, good way to learn the basics of ski touring, great guides. It was an outstanding experience.  
Looking forward to another trip with Aspiring Guides in the future. 

Will Middleton

"You Guys are JUST THE BEST! Skiing untracked powder snow where you earn the turns. A truly wilderness experience yet so close to Wanaka. High class authentic NZ experience. " 

Graeme Kennerley

Some really great runs but overall just being out in the backcountry and being able to appreciate the incredible mountain landscape free from the crowded/commercial resort world, as well as improving my understanding of the dangers/risks.  Geoff was a fantastic guide and although he pushed us outside our comfort zone we always felt safe in his hands and he was always checking with us as to whether we were feeling okay and getting the information and experience we wanted. Amazing trip all up and I’d do it all again in a flash. 

Jeremy Morse

We continue to be completely happy with the service you provide - great guide (Geoff), great communication, great options for dates and locations to tour, and we know that you are completely organised and will be able to deal with problems. The weather day is also a "plus" factor.  

Geoff is expert at guiding the level and activity to work for the whole group and at being flexible for changes. We have always felt the inherent risks of the outdoors are superbly managed by Geoff and the Aspiring Guides take every practical precaution for our safety too. 

A fantastic time away with friends in the mountains, with a whole lot of beauty, exercise, and some good turns. 

Sara-Jane

Once at the top of the Saddle Chair we jumped off piste and stopped for 30 minutes to do a quick transceiver refresher and check, as well as a short reminder on what to do if a slide occurred. Over the course of the day we did a couple of long hikes and a few shorter ones, with the pace being set to the group's fitness so no one was left behind. The downs were obviously much sweeter than the ups. and the guys found us some excellent fresh powder to play in. t's easy to enjoy the powder and great snow when you're confident you're in safe and capable hands. Thanks everyone at Aspiring guides. We had an awesome day!

Spot on challenging but within our skill set. I felt safe and assured with Andrea at all times. The whole experience was amazing and something I will never forget.  Boarding down is always the highlight but going up is all part of it.  Safe, well conducted at all levels from the office to the guide.

 

Mark, Australia, Split boarder

I took part in the one and half day avalanche awareness course with Aspiring Guides and learnt so much!! All the staff and guides are super lovely people, very knowledgeable and experienced, and I came away from the course with some awesome photos, very achy legs and most importantly a new respect for the mountains! The course taught me a lot about avalanches, and in the field we practiced things like safe travel techniques, recognising avalanche terrain, and the proper use of shovel, probe and transceiver in a rescue effort. I would highly recommend this course and the whole company for anyone wanting to experience the wild outdoors!

Bethany, New Zealand

How can I say enough about this experience? The location: OMG simply stunning backdrop. The private Rob Rosa huts are well organised and, well, very private. The 15 minute heli ride in was pure joy and anticipation. The course: they delivered big time on avalanche knowledge including theory & practical; a relevant and succinct manual was provided (to keep), as well as a laminated map for each course participant; I learned much more than expected.  The skiing: we were fortunate with 3 great weather days plus one snow/rain day in the middle that was firmly seized to deliver theory & practical; meaning that the fair-weather days were used for ski touring & on-mountain snowpack analysis from sun-up to sun-down, most of it on virgin powder. We summitted Mt Pisa on day 1 and the walk out on day 4 was extended to 12.5 km to achieve additional powder runs. The guide: saving the best for last, it would be hard to imagine a more positive or motivated guide than Mark Evans. Mark, thank you for your thoroughness, your thoughtfulness, your focus on keeping us safe and imparting knowledge, but most importantly for your unbridled love of ski touring. "Power skiing is my favourite kiiiiiiiiiiiiiind of skiing!" This course is not for the unfit, or for the beginning skier. However if you love nature, skiing, earning your thrills and taking responsibility for your own safety then I cannot recommend this course highly enough.

Steve, Australia

Favourite part of the trip was being in the mountains and having skiable terrain (for all levels) at your front door.  It was a positive experience and I would do it again.  Aspiring Guides are very professional, friendly and safe.

David, Australia, August 2017

My mates and I went on a single day backcountry tour in the Wye Saddle/Wye creek out the back of the Remarkables on 16 August 2017. It was 3 days after a storm that delivered 30cm of fresh snow. While the resort was tracked out days before, our guide took us to some stashes where we found some fantastic fresh turns. Some of my mates had not been in the backcountry before and the guide was very helpful in showing them how to use the Alpine Touring gear and skins. He also conducted a quick training session on avalanche safety gear. We had a truly fantasitc day with Andrea.

David T, Queensland, Australia

Really enjoyed the course with Aspiring Guides. We covered a lot of information in the prep evening, but it never felt rushed or too much to take in. Bronwyn, our guide for the course, was very helpful and allowed everyone time to ask questions and give our interpretation of what was being discussed. The field day at Cardrona was a great way to put the evening's theory into practice. Again we were given plenty of time and help to get to know and use the equipment and the rescue scenarios were informative and fun. This was a really enjoyable course and the knowledge I learned and shared with the great group of people who participated will surely be invaluable in my future ventures into the backcountry. Aspiring Guides and Bronwyn delivered above and beyond of what I expected.

Deb, Australia

I was looking for a challenging back country snowboarding opportunity for myself and my 12 year old son. It was a father and son trip so I wanted it to be memorable, fun, but also a big learning opportunity. Splitboarding was something neither of us had done.  The opportunity to stay at Robrosa Hut was ideal also. Day 2 was an absolutely beautiful day with great snow, total isolation, and the whole mountain to ourselves. The trip wouldn’t have been the same without our guide Jimmy's good nature, knowledge and professionalism. Ben and I now have a well embedded mantra of “what would Jimmy do” whenever decisions need to be made. The backcountry is a perfect metaphor for lifelong learning given the varying conditions on a daily basis. Jimmy was able to make that very clear to Ben in a very teachable way.

Michael, Australia

The course met my expectations and pushed me quite a bit beyond my existing experience & knowledge levels.  I felt completely confident & at ease at all times with our guide Andrea. I really enjoyed the  safety tutorials/classes (avalanche safety, snow anchor theory, skinning technique, steep ski descents), the practical tips & hints on a range of techniques & activities (eg ski crampon usage, belaying without a belay device), the awesome terrain & landscape, and Andrea's cooking. I was impressed by the calmly positive & friendly attitude of all the Aspiring Guides team I interacted with - no big egos or haughty manners!  Thanks for a great time, Andrea & everyone. You have a very slick, smooth service that really provides great value for $.

Kirk, Australia

Great extension on the shorter one day Avalanche Awareness Course. Going to different ski areas/ terrain provided new experiences/ observations. Anyone considering Avalanche Stage 1 needs to have completed this course. Great, excellent communication, skills, encouragement, fun.

Stephen, Wanaka, New Zealand

Positive ski mountaineering experience and beautiful glacier environment! Great experienced guide in Dan, super professional,  extremely hard working assignment with cooking etc. food was great and plentiful. Group was compatibile

David, California, USA

Thanks so much for such an awesome few days in the Pisa Range - remote location, amazing conditions, Dan, our guide, was super informative re snow conditions, safety and general mountain tips. Loved skiing a line and looking back up at it and then the relief of making it back to the top again - that satisfaction of getting some great lines after you have done all the hard work to get there!  And thanks for the big, hearty, warm meals.  Smooth and professional operation, amazing experience.


 

Poppy & Joel, Australia

Mark was full of great stories and advice. I really liked his practical approach to assessing snow conditions, reading maps and slopes etc.  He was always keen to chat about snow, mountains, judgements etc. Climbing up to the ridge of Remarkables with a strong NW wind and looking down at the slope thinking.. oh #$@!... but then working though our learnings with Tubbs to make an assessment and then actually committing to it was really rewarding... also learning more about skinning uphill and reading conditions. I feel more knowledgable, yet realistic that there's so much more to learn and get time in the mountains. There's so much to know and it's super interesting. Four days is just the tip of the iceberg, but it really supports everything else I know about the outdoors. It's great doing the back country skiing (of course) but learning all the time about the NZ mountain weather and snow just adds to the bigger picture. 
 

Nik, New Zealand

A relaxing getaway with an old mate combined with a cool lodge and back country skiing. Awesome slopes.  Staying at WhareKea Chalet was an amazing place with awesome facilities and luxury beds with a view of the milky way!  Back country ski touring with a guide in remote locations takes all the stress out of making decisions.

Murray, Hamilton, New Zealand

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