Earn Your Turns
Hike ⋅ Ski Tour ⋅ Pack Camp
From $1,990pp (based on 4 pax)
Experience the perfect blend of adventure and exploration as you embark on a 4×4 overland journey to an extraordinary off-the-beaten-track starting point for your winter adventure. Equipped with your winter pack and skis, you’ll venture with an expert guide through pristine, magical, and expansive virgin ski touring terrain within the UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Arrive at The Great Glenorchy Alpine Base Camp and get settled in. You’ll meet your guide who will brief you in and check your gear. We have a licensed wood-fired restaurant ‘Base Camp Food Over Fire’, sauna, cosy mountaineer’s huts — everything you might need for a good night’s sleep ahead of tomorrow’s adventure.
Up nice and early, and after breakfast you’ll meet your guide and climb into one of our Defender 4×4’s to be shuttled overland to the starting point of your ski touring mission. It’s a spectacular 4×4 journey into The UNESCO South West New Zealand World Heritage Area with many river crossings (lots of fun) well and truly off the beaten tourist track.
Up and up you’ll go with your skis on your pack. Off trail, where no-one goes, into pristine wilderness to where the big turns are, with one of the very best alpine guides in the region. You will camp the night in the snow up here.
This is the day with the most epic turns and it’s all downhill from here to your original drop off point where you’ll be met by one of our Defender 4×4 and taken back to The Great Glenorchy Alpine Base Camp.
You will enjoy your debrief with your guide (doesn’t take long), sauna and freshen up for dinner with Liz and Maddie in the Base Camp Food Over Fire restaurant before you retire to your cosy mountaineer’s hut.
Breakfast and take your time checking out in the morning, transfers to Queenstown Airport are available if required.
⋅ Accommodation at Base Camp
⋅ Dinners at Base Camp Food Over Fire
⋅ All food in the field
⋅ 4X4 track transfers
You will need to be in good shape for skiing to make the most of the multi-day adventure. This could be an exercise routine targeting leg strength and agility, or a few days on the skis prior to earning your turns. We recommend in addition at least 6 weeks of regular walks carrying a 10-15kg backpack. If your hiking boots are new, breaking them in during this training period is recommended to save discomfort in the field.
Of course there are risks associated with spending time in wild nature, especially off-track where we primarily operate.
Without trails, you will often find yourself on uneven ground, and will be carrying your own equipment which increases the liklihood of slips, trips and falls. Accidents such as this are much less likely to happen with sufficient preparations, for example, building fitness ahead of your trip, and ensuring the gear you bring is suited to the terrain. — If you need help packing, you can find our packlist here.
There are also regional risks associated with hiking in and around our National Parks. Risks like landslides, avalanches and rockfalls. For more information on risks such as these, you can visit the Mountain Safety Council resource page here.
Your safety is our priority and if you have any questions or concerns about the risks involved, ‘book a call’ to speak with our Glenorchy-based head of mountain operations, a qualified career expert in mountain safety who will welcome all queries.