Intro to Touring and Backcountry @ Turoa

All participants will receive a pair of Icebreaker socks to keep their toes toastie warm and be in with the chance to win a host of Icebreaker spot prizes. Thank you Icebreaker

Register online here

Always wanted to go touring but the right opportunity has never arisen?

Keep saying ‘I need to practice with a transceiver and learn what to do’?

Feel like you want to know a bit more before you head backcountry with others?


If you’re asking yourself- ‘Is this for me?’ and

have good general fitness

can make effective turns off-piste and

are up for an adventure with like-minded others

Then YES, it is


Who: Women new to the back country, those wanting a ground- up refresher or just some more experience with guides. Skiers, split-board snowboarders and telemarkers all welcome.

Focus: Intro to back-country safety and touring. Practical useable skills, local information and guided backcountry travel. We want to get you out there moving in the terrain.

When: Fri 26 (evening)- Sun 28 Oct 2012 -this is a taster session in advance of a full programme coming in spring 2013

Format: Times are all TBC and in case of adverse weather conditions we will give you an opt out option or we will go biking/climbing!
Friday evening– meet and greet, info session on gear, weather, avalanche, terrain analysis
Saturday– yoga, backcountry skills session, small ski tour, ski/ board maintenance info, comp drink
Sunday- Full day guided ski tour

Package options:

  • FRI pm- info session- gear, weather, avalanche, terrain analysis
  • SAT am- yoga class TBC
  • SAT pm- mini ski/board maintenance info clinic
  • SAT pm- talk & complementary drink
  • SAT pm- dinner (optional extra) TBC

1 DAY SAT$145

  • access lift pass to backcountry
  • guided backcountry skills session
  • short skills focussed tour
  • SOCIAL package (as above)

1 DAY SUN- $145

  • access lift pass to backcountry
  • Full day guided backcountry tour
  • SOCIAL package (as above)

FULL ADVENTURE$250 (all of the above put together!)

  • FRI pm- info session
  • SAT & SUN access lift pass to backcountry
  • SAT- guided backcountry skills session
  • SAT- short skills focussed tour
  • SOCIAL package (as above)
  • SUN- full day guided backcountry tour


Station Lodge will be our base for the weekend. The lodge accommodation twin share is $25 and private rooms $35. Luxury accommodation option is also available, please ask.


Touring skis– There are limited pairs available from the in-house Ski and Board Station. They are $30 for skis plus $10 for skins.

Backcountry gear– We will hire the safety gear (transceiver, shovel, probe) from the backcountry guides on the mountain $TBC

To secure place, fill in the online registration form here and I will send you details to pay a $50 non-refundable deposit (unless you can find someone to take your place) required. Full payment due 7 days before event.

Guides: Heidi Godfrey-

Heidi considers herself to be an old fashioned local girl who has a strong passion for skiing and adventures on Mt Ruapehu. Her connection to the district is mainly through family and carrot farming and of course the 14 + seasons working on Mt Ruapehu! This has given her very strong mountain and instructional skills background that is now serving her well on a flourishing guiding career. She believes in working hard to earn turns whenever she can. Off season Heidi currently works in Antarctica and also teaches in the outdoors, she is extremely happy with that lifestyle! Come and join her for a sneak preview of what Mt Ruapehu REALLY has on offer!



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