Ski Queenstown Backcountry

  • Difficulty: 1 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.

    Fitness: A A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.

    Duration

    3 Days

    Elevation

    1,500 to 2,000m

Queenstown Backcountry Skiing
16 June 2014
  • Learn backcountry ski and snowboard touring techniques
  • Enjoy the endless terrain right off the back of the ski resort


These three day backcountry touring trips are designed to give you a taste of winter ski touring in the outstanding backcountry around Queenstown’s Remarkables Range.

Your guides will introduce you to all the skills you need to get started in ski mountaineering and you will enjoy touring around the surrounding peaks and bowls with vast amounts of untracked snow.

We tour into our comfortable Expedition Base Camp, situated in a remote alpine basin, which becomes our base for the adventures ahead! The camp provides a cosy atmosphere to enjoy the evening meals and reflect on each days skiing before a well-earned sleep in a comfortable camp bed.

Why AC?

Adventure Consultants have a commitment to ensure the highest standard of guiding practices and instruction and we only employ guides who share in our philosophy. Our guides will offer you the best possible learning experience, and a safe and enjoyable time.

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Testimonials

"We plied the internet for courses that we thought would suit us and from which we’d gain the skill sets we were hoping to start off with.  Adventure Consultants ticked all the boxes and offered flexibility and options that other companies didn’t...AC has an impressive line of tremendously experienced guides."
Ellie Watts, NZ

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Zack Wasson describes his backcountry skiing trip with us..."What a trip it was, our first introduction to the Southern Alps. Needless to say, our tickets are booked again for this August. Let it Snow!"

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