Queenstown Backcountry Tour 1 day


Using The Remarkables Ski Area for access provides a huge area to choose from for ski touring.

Fantastic Fresh Turns at the Remarkables

David T, Queensland, Australia

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.

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Guided ski touring and backcountry snowboarding at its best. Ski or ride the vast backcountry which can be access from the Remarkables Ski Resort with the security of a guide and be back in time to tell tales in the cafe over a beer... Great any day; legendary on a powder day.

Our guide will meet you at the Remarkables base building and guide you up through the field - no lift tickets! no queues!  In no time at all you are climbing up the saddle on the ridgeline and dropping down into the Remarkables backcountry.  First tracks on the endless untracked terrain will be your constant reward for effort.

Often described as "hiking with benefits", ski touring is a great way to have a true mountain experience and learn a few new skills from your expert mountain guide along the way.






Available Dates

July - Late Oct 2019 : From first snowfall - until it all melts!!
This guided ski touring trip does not rely on Remarkables ski resort being open!  We've had knee deep powder skiing on Labour Weekend end of October!


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 Cardrona or the Pisa Range).


Technical Difficulty

Participants do not need previous experience.  You will need to be an intermediate to strong skier/rider in off piste conditions.

Physical Difficulty

A moderate 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

Guide Ratio 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 or IFMGA qualified guide

Not included:

  • lunch and snacks
  • avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe
  • backcountry ski equipment (contact Small Planet in Queenstown for rental)

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

One Day Tour

Meet your guide at 9am on the morning of the trip at the Base building of the Remarkables Ski Field. You will need to have your equipment sorted, so if you are renting touring skis, boots and skins or snow shoes or split board, then do this the evening before in Queenstown. We can advise you on this, so please get in touch a few days beforehand. 

After meeting your guide you will skin or snow shoe up to Lake Alta, and then into the backcountry away from the ski lifts.  Heading into Wye Creek or the Doolans for some nice runs, and stopping for lunch in a scenic spot along the way.

You'll usually arrive back in the field around 3.30pm, and finish back at the base building at 4pm where your guide will leave you to make your own way back to Queenstown.

NB : Please note that this itinerary is a sample only and the actual itinerary may vary at the discretion of your guide. Weather, conditions and personal ability and needs may make changes necessary or advantageous to the participants.

Remarkables Backcountry Ski Touring

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