New Zealand: Backcountry Ski Touring

NZ - Part Two: Backcountry Ski Touring

As the Alaska backcountry ski season begins I look back on the New Zealand ski season I recently finished. One winter completes as the next begins. I stayed busier than my expectations working but in between guiding heli-skiing and working hard on behind the scene tasks for my company I was able to get out touring with friends. Heli-sking is awesome, however when I get out in the hills under my own human power I'm quickly reminded of the simplicity and joy of quietly navigating the hills one step at a time.

I've had many guests complete top notch heli-ski days then join me for backcountry ski touring days and say how they enjoyed the touring day more (and I don't think they're just saying that to make me feel good.) The best yet and what I'm aiming to build my company brand around is offering people the chance to be guided by me for a day or two of heli-skiing on the weekends and during mid-week getting out for touring days. And while before, after or in-between our days making some good old fashioned laps riding a chairlift and enjoying the ski resort town lifestyle. The beautiful town of Girdwood is the ultimate place to be able to do this and the reason I choose to live here.  

Anyways here are some photos from the New Zealand backcountry.

backcountry skiing with ski guide Nick D'Alessio, Remarkable Adventures

Skinning our way back up a nice run on a warm spring-like day.

Ski Guide Nick D'Alessio, Remarkable Adventures

Elin Edlund makes her way across the slope on a cold windy morning.

Ski Guide Nick D'Alessio, Remarkable Adventures

My face is almost as red as my jacket from the wind and snow blasting it... it "hurts so good".

Ski Guide Nick D'Alessio, Remarkable Adventures

Yuko visiting from Japan cruising up on her new split-board above the town of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Ski Guide Nick D'Alessio, Remarkable Adventures

New Zealand is as beautiful as people say. Kinda like Alaska but different.

Ski Guide Nick D'Alessio, Remarkable Adventures. Voile

There's nothing like the feeling of ripping skins. It's that transition point of hard uphill work turning into glorious downhill fun.  #earnyourturns

Pictured are the Charger skis made by Voile, the name says it all, these skis can charge! This year Voile makes their transition to the revamped SuperCharger skis, I anticipate that again, the name will say it all. I look forward to the new skis coming in and another year on Voile's Ambassador team.  #the_V_team

Ski Guide Nick D'Alessio, Remarkable Adventures.

Jimmy dropping in. We then made our way over and up the run in the background, the Grand Couloir which splits the peaks of Single Cone and Double Cone. That was a good day out with good people. 

Booting up and standing atop the Grand Couloir. It's been awesome representing Voormi clothing as an ambassador as well. They have quickly built a good reputation for developing new and unique, high-quality wool clothing wholly manufactured in the USA. My daily use has proven their layers live up to their reputation.

Ski Guide Nick D'Alessio, Remarkable Adventures.

'Till next time New Zealand, it was awesome! For now it's time to enjoy what this year's Alaska winter season has to offer. Currently my stoke is high for a solid winter full of work and fun.

Bookings are coming in, if you are interested in a guided ski trip or an instructional course, the time to inquire is now. Visit for more info and how to make your booking.

Thanks for reading - Nick