Queenstown Backcountry - Detailed Trip Information


Meeting at the start of your trip
What to bring on your backcountry trip
Clothing & equipment
Backcountry ski touring season
Daily trip logistics
Guide to participant ratios


Meeting at the start of your trip

You will meet your guide at 9.00am at the Remarkables ski field. The meeting place is at the bottom of the magic carpet at the Kea Ski School Flags.  After an introduction we will head into the backcountry for the day. 


What to bring on your backcountry trip

In addition to the clothing and equipment you will need to bring food and snacks for the day, and enough water for the day. the amount of water you will require will depend on your personal hydration habits. As a guideline we recommend a minimum of 1litre of water.


Clothing & Equipment

Skiing in the New Zealand mountains requires that you have high quality equipment and clothing due to the extremes of weather we experience. Please ensure you look carefully at our equipment checklist. At the start of the trip your guide will go through your equipment and make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. 

Queenstown Mountain guides provides participants avalanche rescue equipment as part of the cost of the trip. 

The cost of renting ski touring and splitboarding equipment is not included in the trip costs. Ski touring equipment and split boards can be hired from Small Planet Outdoors, 17 Shotover St, Queenstown For snowboarders Queenstown Mountain Guides rents snow shoes for $25 per day that can be used as an alternative to a split board setup.

It is important that you keep as close as possible to the equipment checklist. The focus is on ensuring that you have the equipment you need, but also on keeping your pack as light as possible. If your guide is meeting you at your accomodation for the start of the trip it would be helpful if you have all your equipment and clothing organised and laid out in a logical fashion so they can check that everyone has the right equipment and clothing for the trip.


Accomodation during the trip

To organise accomodation in Queenstown we recommend www.booking.com here you will find a wide range of accomodation depending on your preferred style and budget. The cost of accomodation in Queenstown is not included in your trip costs.


Backcountry skiing & snowboarding season

Queenstown Mountain Guides run guided backcountry skiing & snowboarding trips from late June through until early October.


Daily Trip Logistics

Every day in the mountains is different with changing weather, snowpack, and access conditions. When you book your trip with Queenstown Mountain Guides we will discuss your goals for the trip and the general plan. When you meet with your guide on the first morning of your trip your guide will discuss with you the weather forecast and current conditions and make a final plan for the trip. It is best to be flexible so we can ensure that you will make the most of your time with us.


Guide to participant ratios

We operate at a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 6 participants when backcountry ski touring & snowboarding in the Remarkables.