Pisa Range Tour 3-day: "Geoff did a great job! He guided us to some great terrain, the best snow, made regular assessments of the snow pack and also showed us what avalanche dangers to look out for (that is, irregularities in the snow pack, concave and convex slopes, slope gradients, etc.). Also Geoff was a really nice guy, and we got along well with him, which we think also contributed to the success of the trip. Moonlight Skiing on the second day was the highlight!"
Rees Family, UK
What did I love about the ski tour? All of it! I had the biggest grin on my face, I think my face muscles were going to cramp!
Jesse Sago, Australia
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
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 $.
Great extension on the shorter one day Avalanche Awareness Course. Going to different ski areas/ terrain provided new experiences/ observations. Anyone considering Avalanche Stage 1 needs to have completed this course. Great, excellent communication, skills, encouragement, fun.
Stephen, Wanaka, New Zealand
Positive ski mountaineering experience and beautiful glacier environment! Great experienced guide in Dan, super professional, extremely hard working. Food was great and plentiful.
David, California, USA
Thanks so much for such an awesome few days in the Pisa Range - remote location, amazing conditions, Dan, our guide, was super informative re snow conditions, safety and general mountain tips. Loved skiing a line and looking back up at it and then the relief of making it back to the top again - that satisfaction of getting some great lines after you have done all the hard work to get there! And thanks for the big, hearty, warm meals. Smooth and professional operation, amazing experience.
Poppy & Joel, Australia
Mark was full of great stories and advice. I really liked his practical approach to assessing snow conditions, reading maps and slopes etc. He was always keen to chat about snow, mountains, judgements etc. Climbing up to the ridge of Remarkables with a strong NW wind and looking down at the slope thinking.. oh #$@!... 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
A relaxing getaway with an old mate combined with a cool lodge and back country skiing. Awesome slopes. Staying at WhareKea Chalet was an amazing place with awesome facilities and luxury beds with a view of the milky way! Back country ski touring with a guide in remote locations takes all the stress out of making decisions.
Murray, Hamilton, New Zealand
It was a wonderful learning experience. It was great to learning safe travel practices for glaciers, ski the glaciers and experience the mountains of NZ. Trip of a lifetime! It opened up a whole new world to me.
It was perfect. Couldn’t speak highly enough about the guides and the trip. Top draw.
Bill, New Zealand
Did not previously appreciate the risks and feel significantly more competent and aware in the back country now. Great course! Would recommend to anyone looking at doing more back country.
Thanks for a great 4 days!
Andy, New Zealand 2018
I would 100% recommend Aspiring Guides, it was a once in a lifetime trip for me.
Our guide Dan made sure we got the most out of the conditions that were available to us and actually it meant we got to experience three different back country areas instead of just one so it worked out better than I even hoped for. Despite being the least experienced ski tourer in the group I felt comfortable and safe at all times.
Friyana, United Kingdom 2018