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3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour

The 3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour is a great introduction to backcountry skiing & snow boarding in New Zealand's mountains. The 3 day tour is based from a mountain hut in the Pisa range near Queenstown & Wanaka.

This is a good ski tour for skiers and snowboarders with a ski resort background that want to learn about backcountry travel on skis and boards or for those that would simply like a backcountry mountain experience with some great skiing.

The Pisa range offers a huge range of terrain so we can customise the ski tour to suit your ability. The terrain ranges from mellow ridge lines and basins through to steep chute skiing on the Cromwell face of the Pisa range. The Pisa range also has the advantage of being east of the main divide of the southern alps so it is often sheltered from the worst of the New Zealand weather.

As part of the 3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour your guide will cover avalanche awareness and rescue skills  and ski touring and/or split boarding techniques for back country travel. To participate on this trip you should be able to comfortably ski or ride intermediate runs on the ski field. 

Other related trips

6 Day Ski Mountaineering & Backcountry Avalanche Course

New Zealand Glacier Ski Touring & Snowboarding


Sample Itinerary

Day 1

On the first day of the trip we will meet at your accommodation at 8.30am. Before leaving Queenstown we will check your equipment to make sure that you have everything you need for the 3 Day Backcountry Ski Tour. From Queenstown its a 1 hour drive to get to the starting point of the ski tour. At the trail head your guide will teach you some avalanche rescue skills including how to use an avalanche transceiver. From here we will tour into the Pisa range and towards the hut where we will base ourselves.

Day 2

On the second day of the trip the goal is to tour towards the summit of Mt Pisa. From here there is a range of options available depending on your fitness and skiing ability. Options range from skiing low angled powder filled bowls and basins, touring the summit ridge line of the Pisa's and getting incredible views, or skiing steeper terrain on the Cromwell faces of the range.

Day 3

On the final day you will have the option of getting in some more ski runs. After lunch we will ski back down to the trail head. We would normally be back in Queenstown by 5.00pm.

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Prices are per person and in NZ dollars.


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The ski touring season in the Pisa range is from July through to the end of September.

Experience Required

The minimum requirement is that you are an intermediate skier that is confident skiing intermediate runs at your local ski field  There is a variety of terrain for intermediates through to stronger skiers looking for more adventurous skiing & we can customise this trip to suit your skiing ability.

Whats Included

The price of the program includes

  • Guide fees
  • Avalanche shovel, transceiver, probe
  • Hut fees
  • Meals and snacks
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment
  • Department of Conservation concession fees

The price of the program excludes

  • Ski touring skis & boot hire
  • Personal equipment & clothing

More Information

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