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Learn the art of setting a skin track on the Backcountry Ski & Split-board Course
Learn skills in the field
Efficient skin track setting and uphill movement
Backcountry Ski & Split-board Course based in the Two Thumb Range
Mountain terrain and weather
Learn skills to keep you safe in the backcountry
Learn skills and have fun on the Backcountry Ski & Split-board Course
Equipment included
Try before you buy
Snowboarding back to Rex Simpson Hut on the Backcountry Ski & Split-board Course
Reward yourself
Turns well earned above Rex Simpson Hut
Rex Simpson Hut is a great venue for backcountry ski instruction
Rex Simpson Hut
Warm & well equipped - an ideal instruction venue

Backcountry Ski & Split-board Course

Explore new terrain and learn backcountry skills!

Improve your backcountry skills and go further, learn how to stay safe and move efficiently. Gain confidence with track-laying and handling equipment, avalanche awareness and rescue, snow shelter building, route-finding and navigation and so much more!

We can provide all ski touring equipment (except boots) at no extra cost, including shovels, probes and transceivers. Alpine Recreation's Backcountry Ski & Split-board Course is based at a private hut, with quality instruction given by experienced and qualified IFMAG & NZMGA guides. Low guide-clent ratios/small group sizes mean you get the most from the course. The cosy heated hut has walk in access.

The Two Thumb Range near Lake Tekapo is a backcountry skiing paradise with an amazing landscape with a good variety of terrain in a series of parallel valleys. It is an ideal location for either a backcountry introduction or a chance to extend your experience with backcountry skiing. Benefit from the experience of one of our professional mountain and ski guides to refine and extend your skills.

Add in a cosy, heated hut and you have the recipe for a great backcountry holiday!

"I just wanted to again say thanks for the organisation of the guided course for me. Elke was extremely helpful, patient and it was a real privilege to spend time and receive guidance in the mountains with an absolute professional." - M. Flynn, New Zealand. More client comments.




You can have a taste of ski touring before committing to buying all the gear. We can provide touring skis, skins, poles, transceivers, probe, shovel and any other equipment you might need, but you will need to bring your own ski touring boots.

All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Backcountry Ski & Split-board Course Clothing & Equipment list