Turoa- Women’s Backcountry Safety & Ski Touring Weekend Getaway
Always wanted to go ski 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 into the backcountry with others?
Want to go on an overnight ski touring mission?
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: come to one or all 3
- 3-4 Aug: Introduction (no previous experience required)
- 13-14 Sept: Intro/ Intermediate (no previous experience required)
- 19-20 Oct: Overnight hut adventure- progression camp (you need to have done a couple days touring ideally)
Friday evening– meet and greet, info session on gear and weather
Saturday– gentle yoga/ stretch, backcountry skills session, small ski tour, dinner
Sunday- Full day guided ski tour, weather dependent
Times are all TBC and in case of adverse weather conditions we will have alternate plans of skills sessions and biking/climbing!
For the October weekend we’d like to take you on a journey to a hut for the Saturday night. We’ve got a few options in mind but will wait and see what the weather/ snow conditions do nearer the time, but guaranteed a good adventure, with fun mellow skiing, and manageable ups. We’d like you to have done a day or so touring and some transceiver work before you come on this weekend so that we can focus on touring and skiing rather than the basics of gear and moving on skins.
Cost: $315 includes
- 2 days with qualified mountain guide ratio 1:6, skills sessions and ski tour
- yoga class
- spot prizes and goodies
- lift pass, only $30!
- Touring ski rental
- Backcountry safety gear- transceiver, shovel and probe
Station Lodge, Ohakune Junction, will be our base for the weekend. The lodge has 4 bed and double rooms and also luxury apartments. Mission WOW gets a 10% discount on room rates here.
The Ski and Board Station have some great new touring ski setups available for rental -Atomic Theory & Elysian and the Black Diamond Warrant and Ember, all with Marker F12 or Atomic Tracker 13 bindings. There are skis of all length and bindings to fit even small feet! But first come first choice so reserve yours early. Mission WOW gets a 10% discount on all rental rates here.
Craig Martella– Craig is originally from the Marlborough Sounds, and although he’ll always call the South Island home, it’s the people and the Mountain that bring him back to Ruapehu year after year. Introducing clients to the Ruapehu back-country and sharing the outdoors is the highlight of Craig’s winter season. Among Craig’s other winter roles are Ski Patroller, Avalanche Awareness Instructor and Avalanche Rescue dog handler. During the winter months Craig lives in Ohakune with his partner Steph and rescue dog Jack.
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!
Mt Ruapehu offers Backcountry Guiding Services and also avalanche education courses. These are well worth it is you plan to be spending more time by yourself in the backcountry