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
Guided Backcountry Tour 1 day

Guided 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
1:6PEOPLE
JULY - OCTPERIOD
From $225PER 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
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 Lodge.  Surrounded by spectacular mountains the area offers some of the best backcountry  terrain around...

3DAYS
1:5PEOPLE
JUNE - OCTPERIOD
From $Price on applicationPER 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

Client Comments:

Gordie has a very good teaching method, enabling him to relate a complex topic in a simplified, tangible, and understandable format for the novice student. He didn't get sidetracked and start speaking beyond our comprehension. Very approachable, and positive and upbeat when talking about the subject. Provided supportive constructive criticism when needed. Kept the focus on safety.

David Cleary

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

One of the reasons we went on a guided trip was to do things that we would not feel comfortable with doing on our own. We were also keen to learn more about backcountry travel, which Geoff facilitated well.  Good varied terrain to cater for a range of ski / board abilities. A well run, fun trip!

John Fawcett

I wanted to go touring from an existing hut (rather than tenting it) and wanted to learn from a guide.   I felt well informed. The gear lists, training programs etc. were easy to follow. We made lots of traverses and descents in areas we wouldn't normally have traveled through (if Geoff wasn't there) but I felt comfortable and encouraged. In my view, this is the perfect balance for a guided trip. Having a good laugh after we were all blown down by a gust of wind was memorable but I think the highlight would have to be our third day of sunshine and fun skiing just down (east) of the hut - the nice lines, fun skiing, blue skies and nice snow really stands out!

Grace

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