professional mountain guidesAlpinism and Ski Wanaka

Alpinism & Ski Wanaka, NZ's leading boutique mountain and ski guiding company operating in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps

Specializing in high quality experiences for small groups and individuals in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and European Alps with world class, internationally qualified mountain guide Gary Dickson.

Mountaineering Courses

Instruction in the mountains doesn't come any better than on an Alpinism and Ski course. From introductory through intermediate to advanced or maximising your learning curve with private mountaineering instruction. Gary Dickson is New Zealand's leading expert instructor and examiner of professional mountain guides. He has been chosen by special forces and European guiding companies to hone their skills. Let Gary help you realise your potential in the mountains.

Guided Mountain ascents

For New Zealand alpinism activities, the Southern Alps offer mountaineering challenges second to none, providing a great taste of wilderness while climbing classic peaks with the safety and comfort of a top quality alpine guide.

Skiing and Snow Board Touring Sept/Oct

Come NZ late winter we specialize in back country ski touring and offer an avalanche course for back country enthusiasts either on skis or snow boards. Experience and discover the glaciated wilderness of the Southern Alps. Learn some avalanche skills to travel safely in snow and ice. Sept./Oct. are the best months for ski touring in New Zealand.

Wanaka is the base of Alpinism and Ski, a perfect location to start your alpine climbing adventures. If you need a place to stay, try our Alpinism studio holiday accommodation

In Europe during June, July and August, we operate out of the charming Swiss village of Leysin, only a short drive from Chamonix and Mont Blanc and/or Italy to enjoy the excellent climbing and infrastructure that Europe provides.

If you are looking for a boutique guiding company that has a passion for quality, personalized service with a highly experienced and qualified guide with world wide connections, please enter our world.

Sustainability statement & more (last updated April 2014)

In NZ from Nov - April/May and in Europe for July and August

  • guided mountain climbing
  • mountaineering instruction courses
  • ski touring / snow board touring
  • ice climbing and rock climbing
  • back country avalanche courses
  • alpinism accommodation
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From September 2015,

all mountain guiding and instruction courses in NZ with Gary Dickson, IFMGA/NZMGA mountain guide, are now in collaboration with

Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd.

Bookings will go through their office and will be subject to their booking conditions. Trips with Gary will be run as per AGL's concession and safety management system requirements.

Pre-trip information and discussions are available from us anytime.


Alpinism & Ski Ltd, Wanaka, New Zealand :: Ph/fax: +64 3 443 65 93 :: e-mail: info@alpinismski.co.nz