Progress your skills the easy way from an Olympic snowboarder this spring
This September we’re headed to Wanaka for a week full of freeride and freestyle coaching at our favourite resort – Cardrona. You’ll have ex-Olympian, Juliane Bray on hand to build your riding skills through her all-mountain freestyle coaching sessions. Plus, if you’re looking for a powder fix, we have a heli-ski day lined up.
The focus of our New Zealand tour is progression, and Cardrona is the perfect place to get your riding dialled. Your coaches are also here to show you what snowboarding in Wanaka is all about, with a few unique NZ experiences thrown in along the way.
To kick-start your progression, you’ll spend 5 full days getting coached Juliane Bray. Juliane is an ex-professional snowboarder and Winter Olympian and now spends her time coaching athletes with the Cardrona High Performance Centre. During our coaching sessions we have access to the facilities at the world class Cardrona High Performance Centre.
Cardrona is home to arguably the best terrain park set up in the southern hemisphere, and it’s also home to perfect groomers, great off-piste and The Arcadia Chutes offering something for the more experienced riders.
September 2020 - TBC
GUEST TO COACH RATIO
6 guests : 1 coach
AUD $2,990 per personCurrency Convertor
Progression - For intermediate snowboarders looking to upskill
Why Travel With Mint
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
Upskill with 5 days of Coaching
If you’re ready to get your riding dialled, then you couldn’t be in better company. Our coach is on-hand every day and have just one focus – You! They’ve got your back, whether you want to learn a new park trick or you want to take your freeriding to the next level. Our coaches have years of experience helping women reach their goals.
Ride with the best
Your coach for the week is Juliane Bray. Juliane’s career has seen her with multiple wins at the Burton Open, she’s competed at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics and was the first New Zealand athlete to win a Snowboard World Cup. She’ll have you trying new tricks and breaking through barriers you never thought possible.
Stay in Luxe Accommodation
We make sure all our guests stay in comfortable accommodation that’s in the best location. We have single and twin share rooms available in our luxury house, located just a stone’s throw from both the lakefront and Wanaka’s shopping, restaurants and bars.
Experience the thrill of Heli-boarding
Our goal is to find the best powder you have ever experienced. There are no groomed runs here, all of the riding is in the backcountry and provided by Mother Nature. We aim to ride untracked snow on every run. We’ll ride in alpine terrain (no trees) and on glaciers. The scale, vastness and beauty of the Southern Alps is awe-inspiring.
Wanaka Progression Tour
Get in touch for a detailed tour itinerary and more info
As part of the tour, you will spend 5 full days with our qualified coach and ex-Olympian, Juliane Bray. Juliane is on-hand to make the progression fun and to provide individual feedback. We will ride to the conditions, and change the plan and pace to suit. We keep our group size small and take a maximum of 6 ladies so you can get the most out of the sessions. All our coaching sessions are conducted on terrain suitable for progression. Minimum of 5 hours of group coaching per day.
Our home base is magnificently located on the shores of Lake Wanaka, just an hours drive from Queenstown International Airport. Our location gives us easy access to Cardrona – our favourite resort in the Southern Hemisphere. We have our 4WD vehicles on standby to shuttle you to the resort daily. For anyone wanting to get their powder fix, we have an optional heli-ski day where we’ll make your powder dreams a reality!
We make sure all our guests stay in comfortable accommodation that’s in the best location. We have single and twin share rooms available in our luxury house, located just a stone’s throw from both the lakefront and Wanaka’s shopping, restaurants and bars. We have a gorgeous kitchen that is fully equipped to prepare breakfast and afternoon snacks. Every bedroom boasts 2 comfortable single beds and its own ensuite, and all have the luxury of instant and endless gas hot water. The bedrooms have been carefully furnished to create a warm and cosy atmosphere. Heating throughout the property ensure you stay cosy on those frosty winter evenings.
OPTIONAL HELI-SKI DAY
For any guests wanting to experience the thrill of heli-skiing in New Zealand, we will have an optional heli-ski adventure. Whether you are a first time heli skier or a savvy veteran, your mind will be blown by the mountains and the snow quality. There is a huge amount of terrain that we can access and our guides know how to find whatever it is that you are looking for, ensuring that every guest is smiling. We’ll be able to choose from open bowls, low-angle powder, ramps, couloirs, glacier runs, and New Zealand steep faces. We’ll ride in alpine terrain (no trees) and on glaciers. The terrain we ride will suit the ability level and pace of our group.
During our coaching sessions we keep our group size small (maximum of 6 riders) for a more personal experience between our guests and guides. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding!
If you’re travelling solo you won’t be alone. In fact our camp is perfect for solo travellers, we just match you up with someone to room with for the entire time. Not only are our coaches and guides with you on-mountain during the day, they keep the stoke going well into the night, so you’ll always have crew to hang out with and places to go.
Meet your expert team
LOCAL GUIDES & PARTNERSHIPS
Mint opens doors around the globe. Our long-standing relationships with local guides, local legends, professional athletes, local businesses and resorts allow us special access to places and people. Travelling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of each destination. You’re enriched by the knowledge of our experts and local guides.
Meet your expert team
Ju brings years of experience and knowledge from the competitive circuit to her role as a high-performance coach. Juliane is a pro at helping riders who have plateaued. She’ll have you trying new tricks and breaking through barriers you never thought possible. She’ll get you covering more ground and trying new things in no time. When Juliane isn’t our rock-star coach in Japan, you can find her in Wanaka, New Zealand, coaching the high performance squads at Cardrona Resort.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 6 nights twin share accommodation at our luxury 5 bedroom house in Wanaka
- 5 day lift ticket valid at Cardrona Alpine Resort
- 5 days snowboard coaching at Cardrona
- Daily private transfers to and from the resort in 4WD vehicles
- Arrival day pick-up from Queenstown Airport
- Departure day drop-off to Queenstown Airport
- Mint Tours guides on hand throughout tour.
The Wanaka Progression Tour is for 6 nights. If you want to spend more time in New Zealand please ask us about tour combo ideas and multi-tour discounts.
DATES September 2020 TBC
PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BORDERS ARE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates HERE
WHAT IS A PROGRESSION TOUR?
Our Progression Tours will improve your snowboarding through a combination of coaching and guiding. These tours are perfect for intermediate snowboarders who have limited experience riding off-piste or in powder. Our qualified coaches will offer you tips and feedback as you explore the resorts. Our experienced coaches have an in-depth knowledge of the resorts we visit, which gives you the ultimate advantage when your chasing deep, un-tracked snow. We’ll aim to ride a lot of powder, glades and trees. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride anything.
WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. If you are travelling solo, you will be paired with another guest to room with. The accommodation for this tour is twin share i.e. 2 beds per room. Your group will be made up mostly of solo travellers. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that New Zealand has to offer.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
Each tour is different, but we know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. We have a maximum of 6 people on this tour. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder.
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
If you are looking to progress your snowboarding then yes, this tour is for you! Our coaching sessions are perfect intermediate riders, and you will always ride with like-level snowboarders. Our women’s tours have been designed by women who ride, for women who ride. We know you need guidance, practice, time and encouragement in the company of like-level riders.
WHICH MOUNTAINS WILL WE VISIT?
We visit Cardrona Alpine Resort for all our coaching sessions. If you are joining us for a heli-ski day we will ride a variety of mountains in the Southern Alps with terrain ranging from open bowls, low-angle powder, ramps, couloirs, glacier runs, and New Zealand steep faces. We’ll ride in alpine terrain (no trees) and on glaciers. The scale, vastness and beauty of the Southern Alps is awe-inspiring.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season.
CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
Flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
HOW CAN I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.
HOW DO I GET TO WANAKA?
We’ll provide you with a guide with details on how to get to Queenstown Airport and where to meet your hosts. If it’s your fist time to New Zealand or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.
HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.
DO YOU TAKE SKIERS & SNOWBOARDERS?
Yes! We are ski and snowboard friendly. Please note that the majority of our tours are led by snowboard guides.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Yes. A 5 day lift ticket valid at Cardrona Alpine Resort is included in the tour price.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
Yes! We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand is like nothing else. Expect all kinds of weather and snow with temperatures typically ranging from +10 to -10. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear).
WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that New Zealand has to offer.
PRICE PER PERSON
The Wanaka Progression Tour is AUD $2,990 per person
Pricing is in Australian Dollars and based on twin share accommodation. Please contact us if you would like a quote in your local currency. We can accept payments in USD, AUD, NZD, GBP, CHF, EUR, JPY, CAD.
RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT
To secure your spot on tour, a non-refundable 25% deposit is payable within 3 days of booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure. You can view our terms and conditions HERE and COVID-19 policy HERE
If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:
Click on ‘Enquiry’ below and send us your details. Once we receive your request one of our New Zealand Tour Specialists will be in touch with a with a quote, availability and further details about the tour.
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