Introduction to Backcountry Touring Course 1 day


Aspiring Guides day tours are run from a variety of locations around the Wanaka area. We are lucky to have access to three different alpine areas with terrain from easy beginner runs to steep couloirs.

I had an awesome day.

Anthony Dawkins, Australia

“I had an awesome day.  Adrian was fantastic and did an amazing job of meeting the group's needs.  He found us great snow along with some great touring info.”

More Information

Options to choose from:
  • Treble Cone backcountry (skills dependent).  Using local ski areas for access, we ski and snowboard a huge range of off piste terrain.  The single ride backocountry lift pass at Treble Cone allows us to use the chairlift to start the day and to get lifted out from the bottom of the Saddle at the end of the day.

  • The Remarkables in Queenstown (location and skills dependent).  Staying in Queenstown? No problem, there's loads of fantastic ski touring accessible from Queenstown including our favourite... the Remarkables Backcountry.  This is really an alpine wonderland with many easier runs and valleys.

  • Explore the Pisa Range between Wanaka and Queenstown (intro to adv).  The Pisa  Range offers a wide variety of touring options, excellent in poorer weather conditions due the safe nature of the terrain.  But don’t be fooled, there are runs to put a smile on the best of skiers and snowboarders.

Available Dates

Trip Dates Status
Anytime July to Oct subject to guide availability


To book in a day, please complete the booking form above. We'll confirm the trip 48 hrs beforehand (depending upon weather, conditions, numbers and guide availability). Full payment is required at this stage.
If you would like to secure a guide in advance for a particular day then we will require full payment. Should the weather or conditions not be suitable for the Remarkables on that day, then we will head to another location (eg Pisa Range).


Technical Difficulty

Some ski experience is required.  The ability to control your speed in variable snow conditions is essential. 

Physical Difficulty

A good level of fitness is required.  Participants need to be able to travel up steep hills and be strong enough to handle variable conditions.

Price Details

Group Size -

Guide to Client

Price per person

1:1 NZ $800
1:2 NZ $550
1:3 NZ $400
1:4 NZ $350
1:5-6 NZ $300



What's Included
  • NZMGA Ski Guides
  • Transceivers & avalanche safety gear & instruction on use
  • All access fees
Not included :
  • One ride lift ticket is additional for Treble Cone courses
  • ground transport
  • lunch, snacks & drinks


Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

One Day Course

Stop into our office the afternoon before and we will make sure you have all the right gear.  Often people need to rent touring gear, we work with you and the rental shop to make sure you get the gear you need.  We usually meet around 8 to 8:30 on the morning of the trip at our office and then finalize the plan for day.  We'd then be back in town just before 5pm.

With a wide choice of touring destinations, Wanaka has the best one day ski touring options in New Zealand.  In this country,  with snow line at 1400m and above, it is all about how to get to the good snow.  We are blessed with a choice of four local ski areas allowing us to quickly get to the good stuff.

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