Backcountry Snowboard & Ski Touring Course 4 days

Location

Our private huts at Robrosa are the perfect location for avalanche instruction.  It is a short flight from Wanaka Airport.  You are in the hills in less time than it takes to eat breakfast.

Power skiing is my favourite kiiiiiiiiiiiiiind of skiing

Steve, Australia

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.

More Information

Fly in to our private hut with stunning views of the Southern Alps.   At 1750m above sea level Robrosa Hut is a skier and rider's paradise with vast ski touring and backcountry snowboarding terrain.  Sleeping bags, lighting, cooking equipment, outside toilet and spectacular sunrises and sunsets supplied. 

Topics will include: 

  • Use of ski and splitboard touring equipment
  • Uphill travel techniques for skiers & splitboarders
  • ​Assessing avalanche danger 
  • ​Terrain assessment, route selection and safe travel techniques
  • Decision making in avalanche terrain
  • ​Companion rescue; including group mananagement, tranceiver searching, probing and shoveling
  • ​Mountain weather
  • ​Navigation strategies
  • ​Trip planning and preparation

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


Available Dates

2019 Dates Status
17 - 20 July FULL
21 - 24 July (Snowboarders w Snowshoes) Open
25 - 28 July Open
29 July - 1 Aug (Ladies only) 3 places available
2 - 5 Aug (Snowboarders w Snowshoes) Open
6 - 9 Aug Open
10 - 13 Aug C: 3 places available
14 - 17 Aug Open
18 - 21 Aug (Ladies only) Open
22 - 25 Aug C: 2 places available
26 - 29 Aug C: 3 places available
30 Aug - 2 Sept Open
3 - 6 Sept Open

 

C = confirmed to run

Private courses are available:
Inquire about available dates for a private course for yourself, or for a group of two to four people

Difficulty

Technical Difficulty

The course takes place in a remote location so participants need some previous experience with backcountry touring equipment. You will need to be an intermediate or stronger skier or rider. This is the ideal location for gaining confidence in the backcountry and off piste conditions.

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

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

 

What's Included
  • NZMGA qualified guide
  • all meals and energy snacks
  • cosy hut and bedding
  • NZ Mountain Safety Council Avalanche Awareness Certificate
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 Start of Trip

Meet with your guide at the Aspiring Guides office on the evening prior to departure. Your guide will check all your clothing and equipment required for the trip. Rental equipment is issued and last minute purchases can be made. The weather forecast will be discussed and a plan made for the the following morning.

Trip Planning

Day One

Drive to Wanaka Airport (10min) and fly by helicopter into Robrosa Hut in the Pisa Range. Alternatively spend the morning focusing on refreshing on avalanche theory before flying in later in the day in time for a short tour before arriving at the huts for dinner. Backpacks are light because sleeping bags, cooking gear and other necessities will already be in the hut.

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Day Two & Three

Depending upon conditions, we may choose to ski the terrain right outside the hut door or wander further afield to the Cromwell Faces or Pisa Summit.  There is a wide variety of terrain for all abilities.  Focus will be on terrain analysis,  identifying avalanche danger and route selection.  Further skills for backcountry travel will be covered such as avalanche rescue, uphill travel, trip planning and navigation.

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Day Four

Everything learned up to now will be applied for the trip from Robrosa to the Snow Farm and back to Wanaka.  With challenging terrain the emphasis will be on chosing a safe route.  Here you will get the perfect opportunity to test your decision making under the watchful eye of your experienced guide.   

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