Anthony, Australia, Backcountry Ski Touring
Stop into our office the afternoon before and we will make sure you have all the right gear. Often people need to rent touring gear, and we work with you and the rental shop to make sure you get the gear you need. We usually meet around 8am on the morning of the trip at our office. Drive out to the Cattle Flat helicopter staging area ready to fly at 9am. This leaves the whole day to tour to Treble Cone getting lots of skiing or riding in along the way. Alternatively we tour the slopes and backbowls of Black Peak before flying out after 4pm. Arrive back in Wanaka just before 5pm.
Stop at our private hut for lunch. If conditions permit we have the option to tour back out to Treble Cone or maximise your runs & helicopter out at the end of the day. Previous touring skills, strong skiing or riding ability, and good fitness essential.
As a general rule: the more technically advanced / more complex the terrain - the lower the guide to client ratio. All professional mountain guides contracted to Aspiring Guides are qualified professionals and operate under the terrain guidelines issued by the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association.
Our maximum group size for introductory ski/snowboard backcountry tours or courses is typically 1 guide with 6 clients. We write this as 1:6 guide ratio. For ski snowboard touring in glaciated terrain this ratio is 1:4.
At the end of every trip description on our website, we provide detailed information about the equipment required for the trip. Typically this includes a checklist which you can use to "tick off" your gear, a document giving more detailed explanations as well as some of our best "guide tips" and a video to visually explain some of the terminology.
For our climbing and skiing trips we have 3 categories of equipment:-
Compulsory items - this is equipment you must have with you. You can either purchase or hire depending on the item.Trip Dependent - these are items that maybe needed but will depend on the venue for the trip and prevailing conditions. Most times this cannot be decided ahead of time. Our best advice is that if you already own the items listed in the trip dependent section & you can fit in your pack then bring them along. Things like your own rock shoes and snow goggles are good things to bring - but disposable eating utensils can easily be obtained in Wanaka.Optional - these are items which you can choose to bring or leave behind. But we think you should at least bring your camera!! Your trip will to some of the most breathtaking locations on the planet!!
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the suitability of equipment to avoid purchasing or carrying unnecessary equipment.