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Book Launch – Backcountry Ski-Touring in New Zealand Guidebook

The New Zealand Alpine Club would like to invite you to celebrate the upcoming release of our NEW Backcountry Ski-Touring in New Zealand Guidebook!

We are excited to announce we will be launching the book at the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival in Wanaka!

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival event details:

Workshop #3: Are you a backcountry enthusiast? Then you don’t want to miss this. We’ll start the evening with a short talk about the new ‘Backcountry Ski-Touring in NZ’ guidebook, hot of the press. Then follow with an avalanche talk discussing the current snow and avalanche conditions in the Wanaka/Southern Lakes Region. The book will be available for purchase at the Festival.

Date – time: Monday, 2nd July – 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Venue: Armstrong Room, Lake Wanaka Centre

Cost: Free event, but you must reserve seats via the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival webpage:

Following the book launch, the book will be released for purchase on July 5th from the NZAC online store and in stores. 

Thanks to the NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival and the event sponsor Harris Mountains Heli-ski for supporting the New Zealand Alpine Club!

Backcountry Ski-Touring in New Zealand- Shane Orchard 

This book is your essential guide to the best backcountry touring and ski mountaineering in New Zealand. Whether you’re new to the world of backcountry snowsports, an enthusiast looking for inspiration, or an international traveller sampling what New Zealand has to offer, this guide will help you plan your next adventure.

There is a wealth of opportunities for self-powered snow adventures in New Zealand’s spectacular mountain environments. It’s no wonder that backcountry snowsports have been steadily growing in popularity in recent years as people discover the challenge and serenity of slopes beyond the ski fields. Today there are more people and a greater variety of equipment in action than ever before.

This guidebook builds on the 2003 NZAC guidebook Backcountry Skiing in New Zealand by James Broadbent. True to the philosophy of the original guide, this book covers the best terrain across all of New Zealand and features a wide variety of routes and locations to suit all levels of ambition and expertise.

The book includes over 200 new route descriptions and all updated information to help you explore New Zealand’s amazing alpine backcountry. A new format with a quick beta panel plus colour photographs throughout is designed to assist navigation and add extra inspiration!


Posted: 31/05/18

Posted By: Ashlee