KIWI POWDER

Guided Backcountry Skiing Trips to New Zealand

The appeal of backcountry skiing in New Zealand is simple; there are big mountains with expansive terrain without a lot of people in them. That, and the people that are there, are usually quite focused on having a good time! People are friendly. The mood is light. And the skiing is quite remarkable!

 

New Zealand has a culture of scampering about the hills, derived in part from its history herding sheep and partly out of necessity, as much of the land is remote with difficult access. As a consequence today, a vast network of backcountry huts exists, at times providing refuge to otherwise impenetrable wilderness.

 

The first ski areas in New Zealand were minimal, hut based, communal affairs that’s focus was on the skiing and the camaraderie associated with it. Today, the skiing culture is still defined by these very same places; Club Fields as they are known. Somehow these places have survived the test of time and with expansive backcountry terrain immediately accessible to them, they make for an unparalleled place to stay and soak up.

 

In the uppermost reaches of the South Islands mountain valleys several alpine huts are built among the ice-capped glacial peaks which hang in the sky, perched seemingly out of reach to those below. Due to broken glaciers, precipitous gorges and dense forests in the lower elevations helicopter and ski plane access to these huts is the norm. Once there, the skiing is quite exceptional with everything from long glacier cruisers to steep alpine faces.

Your New Zealand ski trip starts in Christchurch and from there we explore the Club Fields of the Craigieburn Range. After that, the rest is up to you and your desires. Ski touring from the Club Fields, heli-skiing, ski touring in the high alpine from a hut, hiking and adventure sports such as bungee jumping and glider flights are all possible.

Club Fields Direct Trip

 

Join the camaraderie at the Club Fields! The trip starts in Christchurch where we then travel by car on a tour of the string of club based ski areas in the Craigieburn Range. We will stay on mountain in bunk rooms with the other clubbies, help with communal meals and participate in all the fun associated with running the ski area!

 

The key word here is communal, the Club Fields require participation in the form of helping operations so you are welcome at the clubs (as a select few can be) as long as you help out a bit with small duties. This is a far cry from a commercial 'resort' setting with development galore and people expecting 'services'. Picture you and fifty of your friends in a lodge with entire mountain to yourselves. The trip ends back in Christchurch.

At the Club Fields we will ski in bounds, ski some side country runs and do a some ski touring!  It is also possible for us to ski tour between the ski areas themselves! A day of heli-skiing (additional) if it is desired may also be added. Due to weather considerations each itinerary is tangible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive In Christchurch, Adjust to the time

Day 2: Travel to Mt. Olympus, Ski.

Day 3: Ski Mt. Olympus side-country

Day 4: Heli-Ski (optional, additional)

Day 5: Ski Tour to Mt. Cheeseman, Stay at Mt. Cheeseman

Day 6: Ski Tour to Broken River

Day 7: Ski Broken River side-country

Day 8: Ski to and at Craigieburn, Stay at Cragieburn

Day 9: Drive to Temple Basin, Hike to the ski area, Ski

Day 10: Ski Temple Basin side-country

Day 11: Ski Temple Basin side-country

Day 12: Hike out, Drive to Christchurch

Trip Includes:

Lift Passes

Ski Guiding

Accommodation

Meals at Club Lodges

Transport to and between Club Ski Areas

Not Included:

Ski Equipment

Meals off the mountains and in Christchurch

Heli Skiing (optional)

Tavel getting to and from Christchurch

The Full Experience

Immerse yourself in the Club Field culture for a week (as seen in the Club Fields Direct trip above) then fly to an alpine hut on the main divide for 4-days of skiing on the country's high glaciers. This trip highlights the best attributes of skiing in New Zealand!

 

The trip starts in Christchurch where we then travel by car to and between the club ski areas of the Craigieburn Range.  We will ski in bounds, ski some side-country runs and do a some ski touring!  It is also possible for us to ski tour between the ski areas themselves! A day of heli-skiing (additional) if it is desired may also be added. Due to weather considerations each itinerary is tangible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive In Christchurch, Adjust to the time

Day 2: Travel to Mt. Olympus, Ski.

Day 3: Ski Mt. Olympus side-country

Day 4: Ski Tour to Mt. Cheeseman, Stay at Mt. Cheeseman

Day 5: Ski Tour to Broken River

Day 6: Ski Broken River side-country

Day 7: Ski to and at Craigieburn, Drive to and stay in Methven

Day 8: Heli-Ski (optional, additional)

Day 9: Drive to Mt. Cook Village, Prep for hut trip

Day 10: Fly to alpine hut, Ski Tour

Day 11: Ski Tour on glaciers

Day 12: Ski Tour on glaciers

Day 13: Ski Tour on glaciers

Day 14: Fly out, Drive to Christchurch

Trip Includes:

Lift Passes

Ski Guiding

All Accommodations during the trip

Flights to and from alpine hut

Meals at Club Lodges and alpine hut

Transport during the trip

Not Included:

Ski Equipment

Meals out of the mountains and in Christchurch

Heli Skiing (optional)

Tavel getting to and from Christchurch

Custom Trip

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we can personalize your ski trip to your specifications. Contact us today to start planning your adventure, and get ready to go backcountry skiing in New Zealand!

Season: July - Late October

Trip Length: TBD

Minimum Booking: TBD

Price: TBD

*All prices are quoted in USD.

 
 

Trip Available: July 20 – September 15

Trip Duration: 12 days

Maximum Group: 8 persons

Ratio: 5:1 Max

Minimum Booking: 2 persons

Fitness: Moderate to Good or higher

Ability: Upper Intermediate to Expert

 

Price: $ 4150pp USD

Trip Available: August 15 – October 5

Trip Duration: 14 days

Maximum Group: 8 persons

Ratio: 4:1 Max

Minimum Booking: 2 persons

Fitness: Good or Higher

Ability: Advanced to Expert

Price: $5650pp USD

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