Backcountry Splitboard Course 4 days


Our private huts at Black Peak or Robrosa are the ideal location for our splitboarding courses. 

" a challenging back country snowboarding opportunity"

Michael, 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.

More Information

The Backcountry Splitboarding Course the groundwork for planning and carrying out successful splitboard tours, and managing risks in the backcountry. Topics can be tailored to suit the individual and the group and may include: 

  • ​How to use different splitboard equipment
  • Uphill travel techniques for splitboarders
  • Assessing avalanche danger and decision making in avalanche terrain
  • ​Terrain assessment, route selection and safe travel techniques
  • Companion rescue; including group mananagement, tranceiver searching, probing and shoveling
  • Mountain weather interpretation and observations
  • Navigation strategies
  • Trip planning and preparation for the best splitboarding tours

At the end of the course you will be a competent member of a ski or splitboard touring group, able to plan trips appropriate to the group and conditions, and contribute to safe decision making.

Available Dates

Dates 2019 Status
5 - 8 July - Subject to conditions COMPLETED
20 - 23 July  COMPLETED
2 - 5 Aug - Advanced - Black Peak COMPLETED
16 - 19 Aug Open
11 - 14  Sept Open


If you have your own private group, please inquire about alternative dates and we may be able to accommodate you.


Technical Difficulty 
For Black Peak, participants need previous experience with split board touring. You will need to be a strong rider in off-piste conditions.


Physical Difficulty 

A good level of fitness will allow you to make the most of the trip. Participants need to be able to travel up steep hills and be strong enough to handle variable conditions.

Price Details

Guide Ratio Price per person
1:2 pax NZ $2,800
1:3 pax NZ $2,200
1:4 pax NZ $1,900
Glacier option NZ $POA


What's Included
  • NZMGA qualified guide
  • all meals and energy snacks
  • cosy hut and bedding
  • Splitboarding Coaching
  • 1 day weather contingency

Not included :

  • Helicopter ride to the huts on the first day. Allow approx NZ$160-210 per person for groups of 3 or 4 or NZ$315 per person for groups of 2.

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Prior to the trip

Meet with your guide at our offices 5pm on the evening prior to departure. Your guide will check all your clothing and equipment as required for the course. Rental equipment is issued and last minute purchases can be made. The weather forecast is reviewed and a plan is made for an early flight into the mountains on Day 1 of the course.


Day 1

Drive to Wanaka Airport (10min) and fly to the top of the Pisa Range by helicopter or into the stunning Matukituki valley (20 min) for the flight into Black Peak. Backpacks are light because sleeping bags, cooking gear and other necessities will already be in the hut.  


Day 2 & 3

Depending upon conditions, we may choose to ride the terrain right outside the hut door or wander further afield.  In the Pisas there is a wide variety of terrain for all abilities whilst Black Peak will offer long runs for more advanced riders. There is lots to cover on the course so be prepared for full days.


Day 4

Everything learned up to now will be applied for the trip out of the hills. With complex terrain the emphasis will be on learning to chose a safe route. Terrain analysis is the one thing that you cannot learn in the classroom and here you will get the perfect exposure to accurate decision making under the watchful eye of your guide. From Robrosa you will reach the Snow farm ski area or from Black Peak, the final descent will be through the Treble Cone ski field.  


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