Wanaka Mountain Guides

Introduction to Ski and Splitboard Touring Course

The Introduction to Touring Course for skiers and splitboarders is a day program based out of local ski fields with an experienced local guide. You will get up to speed with the latest safety techniques, use new equipment, and fast-track your skills to be able to undertake your own winter backcountry touring adventures.


Our Introduction to Ski and Splitboard Touring Courses run in either the Cardrona backcountry or the Motutapu Conservation Area adjacent to the Treble Cone ski field. For access through Treble Cone, a lift pass is required.

Introduction to Touring Course Syllabus

Wanaka Mountain Guide [] Introduction to ski and splitboard touring

Every day there is something to learn in the backcountry. Small groups and experienced guides provide the maximum opportunity to accelerate the learning of backcountry skills and techniques. The introduction to touring offers opportunities to pick up all those tips and tricks for equipment management, efficient travel, staying safe, and finding the best snow.

Ski or splitboard travel provides the opportunity for travelling far and efficiently to maximise the terrain covered and the objectives achieved. Most importantly looking for and finding good and safe snow to ski and ride.

Topics include:

  • Ski and splitboard equipment selection, management, and maintenance. For some pre-reading, check out our article on ski and splitboard touring equipment.
  • Uphill and downhill backcountry travel techniques.
  • Avalanche awareness.
  • Trip planning.
  • Emergency procedures.

For those new to backcountry travel, the Introduction to Backcountry Ski and Splitboard Course can be combined with Avalanche Skills Course 1, including an evening theory session and field day, for a full weekend program to get you ready for your own winter adventures.

Alternatively, the three-day Backcountry Ski and Splitboard Touring Course (including the Avalanche Skills Course 1) more comprehensively covers all of these skills and provides further opportunities to develop touring knowledge and experience.

Next Steps

Following the course, participants will be set up to continue to build their touring experience on guided or self-led tours. After consolidating experience, it is possible to undertake an Avalanche Skills Course 2 or Glacier Ski and Splitboard Touring Course to gain further skills in avalanche risk management or safe travel in more challenging glaciated mountain terrain.

Pricing and Dates

Duration: 1 day
2024 Dates:
Group courses:
Sunday 7th July: Places available
Sunday 14th July: Places available
Sunday 21st July August: Places available
Sunday 28th July: Places available
Sunday 4th August: Places available

Courses can be run on any suitable day from July to the end of September subject to demand.

Get in touch to express an interest in joining a group tour or arranging a private course.
2024 Price:
Group courses $490 / $360/ $285 per person for 2 / 3 / 4+

Includes: GST, guide fees, compliance costs, transport from Wānaka, and avalanche safety equipment.
Excludes: lunch and snacks, personal clothing, touring equipment hire, TC lift pass
If you don’t have a Treble Cone season pass, a backcountry pass can be purchased from the ticket office on the day for $75
Maximum ratio 1:5

See Also

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Myself and two friends (who’d never done any back-country touring before) skied/boarded with Wanaka Mountain Guides at Treble Cone a couple of days ago. He did a great job with finding some fresh powder and managing the day in a way that meant we all had fun and ended the day with some great memories.’

 Mark, Introduction to Ski and Splitboard Touring Course

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Really good  no1 fun day. Perfect conditions, great guide, got everything out of the trip that we wanted and more: fresh tracks, beautiful scenery, stunning weather, great company, and very safe and knowledgeable guide.’ 

— Wayne, Treble Cone Backcountry Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.

’10/10. Extremely Knowledgeable. Fantastic Group Facilitation Skills. Great Teacher. Passionate about Skiing, Mountains/ Weather/ Snow Pack. Incredibly Patient. Cool, Calm, and Collected.’

 Fiona, Avalanche Skills Course

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