Summary of The Day: We depart Haka Lodge at 7:00am and pick up our hire gear (for those that need it) en-route to Porter Heights, known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Porter’s lifts run up two distinct valleys: Big Mama (which towers above the right of the base area) and Bluff Face (which towers above the left). At 620m, Big Mama boasts one of the largest vertical drops in one lift-accessed run in New Zealand. Easy backcountry riding is available from the top of the T3 T-Bar.
For the next 3 nights, we'll stay in Springfield, a snow sports enthusiast’s haven, complete with relaxing pool.
Summary of The Day: Mt Olympus ski area, dubbed ‘the playground of the gods’, is the first of many club ski fields you will experience on tour. The area is a south facing basin set high in the Craigieburn Range - perfect for trapping powder dumps. 450m of vertical drops over 60 hectares of varied terrain provide skiing and riding from beginner to extreme.
From the top of the Main Tow and the Top Tow there are plenty of choices with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers. A little walking from the Top Tow opens up even more terrain in this wide open bowl. With the relatively low skier numbers and the choice of terrain, it can take up to a week to get tracks on some slopes!
Don’t worry if you have not ridden tows before - our Tour Manager will help you with your technique and most people take a few times to get it right; it’s all part of the experience! Tow protection gloves provided.
Summary of The Day: Our day starts off with a 45 minute walk from the car park, taking in some of the most spectacular views of the Arthurs Pass National Park, Mt Rolleston and the surrounding mountains.
Temple Basin, the club, was founded in 1929 and still has that pioneering feel and represents a true alpine environment at the heart of Arthur's Pass National Park. We leave those who prefer groomed slopes, a chairlift and latte’s at home.
Renowned for its steep and big mountain terrain, you have the choice of three tows: Cassidy (sunny smooth runs), Temple (faster & steeper) and Downhill (ridgeline and advances terrain). We can also check out the awesome chutes at Bills Basin and the popular backcountry area of Mingha Valley.
Summary of The Day: For big mountain skiing, Craigieburn has a well-deserved cult following among Kiwis. Steep and deep, with wide open powder bowls and lofty narrow chutes accessed by three high capacity rope tows servicing a vertical rise of 503m, Craigeburn leaves little to be desired.
Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging, with the infamous 600m vertical descent of Middle Basin (which is often compared to a heli-skiing experience) accessible by a short traverse from the tow. Craigieburn Valley offers something for everyone - except beginners.
And when you come off the hill at the end of a big day, we will grab a well-earned drink at the ultra-cozy Craigeburn Lodge which is also our accommodation for the next two nights.
Summary of The Day: Get ready for a true adventure at Broken River. This ski field was born in the early 1950s when the founding members were only 20 and 28 years old. Their hard work and dedication brings you this now well-established ski field.
The terrain here consists of a large open basin serviced by five electrically driven, high capacity rope tows.
The highest point is 1820 meters and the total vertical is 420 meters, with lots of off-piste terrain available. A short trek offers access to the back basins, Craigieburn Valley and some incredible terrain. After exploring Broken River, we ski back into Craigeburn for our second night at Craigeburn Lodge.
Summary of The Day: Today is an allocated non-ski day but this is totally weather dependent; if it has dumped, or if we have missed a ski day on days 1-5, we'll get in a half days skiing on the way to Tekapo.
We'll depart Craigeburn Lodge after breakfast and head south stopping for a hot drink on the road.
We'll then make our way to beautiful Lake Tekapo where we can check out a salmon farm for super fresh sushi, take a walk around the lake or just relax. This evening how about a night time star gazing tour at Mt John, an international dark sky reserve that showcases the southern night sky through super powerful telescopes.
Summary of The Day: This morning we'll wake up alongside the turquoise Lake Tekapo, just a stone’s throw from Mt Dobson ski field. This mountain is famous for its all day sun, stunning scenery, groomed trails and an awesome off-piste … what more could we ask for?
Like many of the mountains we have visited, Mt Dobson also has that laid back and friendly Kiwi vibe, along with some really cool features like the large natural half pipe and miles of untracked snow. Mt Dobson is a definite treat for those wanting to explore uncrowded trails.
A rope tow, platter, T-Bar and triple chairlift provide access to a variety of intermediate and advanced runs serving 14 trails over an area of 400 hectares.
Tonight there is the option of relaxing under the stars in the Lake Tekapo hot pools... Bliss!
Summary of The Day: For the next two days we ski Ohau - an off-piste heaven with plenty of challenging terrain and good hiking to access the wide open powder bowls from the ridge line.
Nestled deep in the spectacular Mackenzie High Country, Ohau is one of the favourite ski-fields for experienced skiers and snowboarders in New Zealand. Whilst the ski area is contained within one valley and is reasonably small at only 125 hectares, the skier to hectare ratio is also incredibly small.
A highlight of this trip is the two nights we stay at Lake Ohau Lodge near the shores of the lake. Even though it has the incredibly friendly culture of a ski lodge, it is actually run more like a hotel and we totally love the ‘faded glamour’, roaring open fires and panoramic lake views of this property.
For the next two evenings, a ‘high country fare’ three course meal is included (vegetarian options available). You will also enjoy two hot breakfasts while here.
Summary of The Day: Day two of Ohau, and we keep rolling. Wake up fresh from your night at Ohau Lodge and get ready to do it all again.
As with every morning, breakfast is included. However, today is slightly different; we sit down and enjoy the hospitality of the Ohau staff as they serve you breakfast in the dining room. Eat up! You’ll want plenty of energy for another day on the slopes.
Summary of The Day: After breakfast we'll continue our journey south to Wanaka. Today is an allocated non-ski day but once again, the same rules apply from day six: if it has dumped or if we have missed a ski day previously, we are off skiing.
Today you can skydive over Lake Wanaka, hire a mountain bike or just soak in the laid back ambience of Wanaka.
Summary of The Day: Today you have the choice of chilling out in the haven that is Wanaka or taking part in an optional activity, such as Sky Diving or Heli Skiing.
Wanaka is a great place to relax and recharge your batteries - with some great lakeside cafes and restaurants to discover. Your guide will have plenty of recommendations.
Tonight we enjoy our last night together with an end of tour dinner - where we have a few beers, a great meal, and a few laughs of course.
But don't forget, there is one more mountain day tomorrow.
Summary of The Day: Today is our departure day, but first we hit Treble Cone (TC), which features challenging runs, un-groomed powder and a huge abundance of infamous natural pipes, chutes and hits.
Spread over three large basins and covering 550 hectares, TC has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), longest groomed intermediate runs (4km) and spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring. You have the option to extend your trip in Wanaka, grab a shuttle to Queenstown where we have our own Lodge, or drive back to Christchurch with the tour group.
We depart Wanaka at 4:00pm to arrive back at Haka Lodge Christchurch at approximately 10:00pm.
* Customers under 18 years old are not permitted on this tour.|
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