Whether you’re new to skiing or an experienced snow hound, it’s hard to beat an exhilarating week zipping down the slopes on a group ski holiday or snowboarding holiday.
Group ski holidays, snowboard trips and ski packages are the perfect active adventure and take the hard work out of planning a trip to the snow. We’ve got everything organised for your winter trip from your transport and accommodation to an expert local crew ready to show you the best runs in New Zealand and beyond. We can also arrange your ski gear and clothing. And it’s not just the iconic snow fields like Mt Hutt, Ohau, Treble Cone, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Coronet Peak you’ll be exploring. We’ve included time away from the slopes to discover the best ski towns as well.
There aren't many places Intrepid hasn't been, so even if you've got a destination in mind that isn't on our list of ski and snowboard trips, our Tailor-Made team is here to help. We'll use our 30 years of experience and regional specialists to help you create your perfect snow escape.
We’ve been running our active adventures for over a decade, which means we know the best local suppliers and experts on the ground to give you an exciting and safe experience.
Don’t know what a carabiner is? No problems! Our experienced local leaders and adventure enthusiasts can help show you the ropes while also showing you the sights.
Whether it’s an included activity or an optional extra, we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy.
Learn New Skills
Discovering a new destination also means unlocking new skills, like horse riding, canyoneering or mountain biking. Our Active Adventures are uniquely designed to teach you something new (and make you an enthusiast too.)
We have close relationships with the communities we visit and always use local adventure providers on each of our trips. By choosing to travel with us, you also empower local communities.
We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re travelling to improve the planet.
Ski & snowboard trip highlights
See it all with a local powder hound
Want to know where the best fresh powder is or how to get on and off a ski lift with ease when you’re a first timer? Our expert snow leaders are on hand to help with everything you need. Whether you’re a beginner skier or advanced snowboarder, skiing with friends or a solo traveller, they can help with everything you need to know about life on the slopes.
We arrange everything for you
When you join an Intrepid snow adventure everything is arranged so all you have to do is choose your favourite slopes and hit the snow. You can also stay right on the mountain with ski fields outside your front door or even under the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve in New Zealand. Add plenty of fun places to visit nearby and you’ve got the perfect trip.
Experience a variety of snow destinations
What’s better than skiing or snowboarding on a fantastic field? Hitting the snow at multiple snow spots on the one trip. On an Intrepid group ski and snowboarding holiday, you can try up to five different snow fields on the same tour in Queenstown and beyond. With trips ranging from 5 to 12 days, there’s more than enough on-snow action to satisfy even the keenest skier.
Ski on private club fields
Your ski trip with Intrepid gives you access to local ‘untamed’ ski areas known as ski clubs or private fields with uncrowded slopes and no lift queues. If you want to soak up the old-school vibe of a traditional ski experience, these not-for-profit clubs are the perfect spot. Skiing and snowboarding at a private field also increases your chances of making fresh tracks on pristine powder snow.
We have options for beginner and intermediate/expert skiers and snowboarders alike. If you are a beginner then our Ski New Zealand: 7 Day South Island Snow Safari is for you. We throw in 2 beginner lessons free and can arrange more if you want them. It’s also a great option for more advanced snow lovers as well. If you are looking to get off groomed snow and away from the crowds to test your intermediate to advanced skills on untamed and uncrowded terrain, then our Ski New Zealand: 5 Day South Island Snow Explorer or 12 day Ski New Zealand: South Island Snow Odyssey is for you.
Alongside organising all the logistics of your trip our friendly local leaders will always join the group on the snow, but due to the nature of the terrain and our customers’ personal ski run preferences, they cannot be with everyone in the group at all times. Think of them as personal mentor you will always give you the best advice on where to go based on your abilities and preferences. While ‘sure’ is their default answer, they also always know when it is best to say ‘no’ too.
In the mountains the weather has the final say, and your safety is our primary concern. We make amendments to our tour route on the rare occasions that any mountains are shut or have very poor conditions - going to a different mountain if at all possible.
We get it, lugging your own gear around, especially when coming from overseas, can be a painful and expensive experience. So let us take care if it with our extensive range of high-quality rental gear options. We have packages available for ski and board hire (which includes skis/board, boots and poles), helmet hire or even winter snow clothing. Just let us know what you need and collect it on day one to keep with you for the entire trip – no more changing equipment as you go move between ski fields. Best of all, we’ll even return it for you at the end of your holiday.
Policies vary but we strongly recommend double checking with your insurer that they cover ‘adventure activities’ such as skiing and snowboarding, as many popular insurers have this as an optional extra rather than included. This is especially important if your itinerary includes off-piste skiing/boarding or heli-skiing.