Alpure Peaks Snowcat
Alpure Peaks Snowcat and Backcountry Adventures is in the heart of the Mackenzie District, in South Canterbury. Alpure Peaks offer guided cat skiing and snowboarding tours to intermediate and advanced skiers and riders.
Alpure Peaks use a snowcat (a coverted snow groomer) fitted with a ten-seat custom-built cabin to transport skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Cat skiing and cat boarding is brilliant fun - better than heli-skiing as you get more runs and better value for money.
Alpure Peaks is located on Clayton Road, 30 minutes from Fairlie, which is on SH 8. Driving times from Fairlie:
Christchurch: 2 hours 30 mins
Methven: 1 hour 30 mins
Geraldine: 40 mins
Lake Tekapo: 25 mins
Aoraki Mt Cook National Park: 1 hour 50 mins
Wanaka: 3 hours
Queenstown: 3 hours 30 mins
Highly trained and very experienced backcountry guide.
There is noone else around.
The area is avalanche controlled so the backcountry conditions are very safe.
It is better value than heli-skiing and you get around 8 runs in one day.
Snow conditions dictate skiable areas
Phone: +64 3 685 4856
Postal: 2035 Clayton Road, RD 17 Fairlie 7987
Directions From Geraldine
Drive toward Fairlie on the Geraldine-Fairlie Highway (SH 79). Drive for around 36 kms (about 30 minutes) and turn right at the signs for the Farm Barn Cafe into Mount Michael Road. Follow Mount Michael Road to the intersection with Trentham Road. Take Trentham Road to the intersection with Clayton Road (at the monument). Turn right and follow Clayton Road for about 5kms. Turn left into the homestead at the Alpure Peaks sign.
Directions From Fairlie
Drive out of Fairlie along Allandale Road (SH 79) toward Geraldine. Go over the Allandale Bridge and turn left into Clayton Road. Follow Clayton Road for 20kms. Turn left into the Homestead at the Alpure Peaks sign.
Fox Peak Access Road
To get to the car park and the Hagglund, turn left out of the homestead. Drive 500m and turn left at the Fox Peak sign on the really big tree. The road is gated. Please close the gate behind you.
Day Tours cost $400.00 per person. Recommend booking in advance.
Ski and snowboard hire is available at the Ski Shack on Allandale Road in Fairlie.
Your guide will take you to the best runs for the abilities of the group. Suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.