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."
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.
"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. "
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.
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.
Everything in the run up to the 1 day backcountry guiding with Aspiring guides was professional and prompt. The day itself started with meeting Whitney & Jimmy and 3 other guests at the base of treble cone. They provided us with probes, shovels and transceivers . After the guides checked about our previous experience we headed up the first of the 2 lifts we would be using that day. Once at the top of the saddle chair we jumped off piste and stopped for 30 minutes to do a quite 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 groups 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. During a day like this you don't want to be in any situation where you have to use your gear, but when you do, that's when the guides really shine. We came across a slide that had come down not far from the lift on our return. As we all went down the safe slope to the side of it Whitney went to check it out. He signalled for Jimmy to join him because he got a signal. I've never seen anyone put on skins and traverse up a slope as quickly as that. Within minutes Jimmy and Whitney were searching the avalanche debris. Thankfully it was a rogue signal from a mobile that caused it, but it showed that if the worst was to happen, our chance of being rescued were pretty good & I think that's the main thing when doing a guided tour like this. It's easy to enjoy the powder and great snow when you're confident you're in safe and capable hands. Thanks guys & 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.
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.
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.
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 $.
Great extension on the shorter one day Avalanche Awareness Course. Going to different ski areas/ terrain provided new experiences/ observations. Anyone considering Avalanche Stage 1 needs to have completed this course. Great, excellent communication, skills, encouragement, fun.
Stephen, Wanaka, New Zealand
Positive ski mountaineering experience and beautiful glacier environment! Great experienced guide in Dan, super professional, extremely hard working assignment with cooking etc. food was great and plentiful. Group was compatibile
David, California, USA
Thanks so much for such an awesome few days in the Pisa Range - remote location, amazing conditions, Dan, our guide, was super informative re snow conditions, safety and general mountain tips. Loved skiing a line and looking back up at it and then the relief of making it back to the top again - that satisfaction of getting some great lines after you have done all the hard work to get there! And thanks for the big, hearty, warm meals. Smooth and professional operation, amazing experience.
Poppy & Joel, Australia
Mark was full of great stories and advice. I really liked his practical approach to assessing snow conditions, reading maps and slopes etc. He was always keen to chat about snow, mountains, judgements etc. Climbing up to the ridge of Remarkables with a strong NW wind and looking down at the slope thinking.. oh #$@!... 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