Please note this itinerary could potentially change depending on weather and snow.
Day 1 – September 17: Arrive into Queenstown International Airport via Auckland. Shuttle transfer to Wanaka (1hr). Stay Matterhorn South Lodge and Backpackers. Meet by your guide, Mark Sedon for trip welcome and briefing. Dinner cooked in hotel kitchen.
Day 2 – September 18: Ski tour behind Cardrona Ski Resort. Cardrona is less steep than Treble Cone Ski Resort, but has some great back bowls that hold good snow through to the end of September. Leave town at 8:00am (1hr drive). Packed lunch. Return about 5:00pm. Dinner cooked in hotel kitchen.
Day 3 – September 19: Ski tour near Treble Cone Ski Area, the closest ski area to Wanaka. Treble Cone is known as TC, is the largest ski area in the South Island, boasting one of the longest vertical rise in New Zealand. It’s steep and the touring behind the resort is some of the best in the country. We’ll leave town at 8:00am (1hr drive). Single lift ride provided to access the backcountry. Packed lunch. Return about 5:00pm. Dinner cooked in hotel kitchen.
Day 4 – September 20: Ski tour near Treble Cone Ski Area or if weather is good, heli accessed ski tour in Buchannans Range (there are very few roads to access NZ’s ski touring terrain, so helicopters are sometimes used). About 9:00am we’ll fly to the summit of Mt Alta (2339m/7,680ft) and ski it’s cold south face (remember aspects are opposite in NZ). Then we’ll tour up to the summit of the Buchannan Peaks for a few more runs, working our way back towards the heli base. Then when we get tired, or run out of day light, we’ll get picked up by helicopter at the snow line and flown back down to the valley (3,000ft below). Packed lunch. Return about 5:00pm. Dinner cooked in hotel kitchen.
Day 5 – September 21: Leave Wanaka at 7:00am, drive to Ohau Ski Area (2hrs), single lift ride to access back country. Packed lunch. After skiing stay in Ohau Lodge, dinner provided by lodge.
Day 6 – September 22: Drive to Round Hill Ski Area, single lift ride to access back country. Stay in New Zealand Alpine Club Lodge, dinner cooked in lodge.
Day 7 – September 23: Helicopter access to Lady Emily Hut, a private hut recently built with a fire and cooking gas. Ski tour Liebig Range.
Day 8 – September 24: Ski tour in area.
Day 9 – September 25: Ski tour in area then fly out to Mt Cook Village in afternoon and drive back to Queenstown. Stay YHA Queenstown Lakefront Backpackers. Dinner cooked in hotel kitchen.
Day 10 – September 26: Ski tour behind Remkables Ski Area (1hr drive). Packed lunch. Return about 5:00pm. Basic dinner included at local restaurant.
Day 11 – September 27: Depart for home.