Alpinism & Ski Wanaka NZAbout Alpinism & Ski

Alpinism & Ski guiding company has been taking clients into the mountains since the Millennium year, providing safe and adventurous guided mountain experiences and offering high quality mountaineering courses in NZ.

Gary (Gaz) has been the leading assessor and trainer of professional guides in both New Zealand and for quite a while in Iceland too. He has literally 'written the book*' on key elements of mountain instruction. His sought-after instruction skills reflect more than a quarter of a century in the guiding industry, starting as a glacier guide on Fox Glacier on the West Coast through to a few years as chief guide at Aoraki/Mt Cook before starting Alpinism & Ski as New Zealand's leading boutique mountain guiding company based in Wanaka. His work with clients as diverse Australasia's elite special forces, the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association and Icelandic Mountain and Glacier Guides speaks for itself. If he can help them, think what he can do for you!

Gary Dickson is a NZMGA/IFMGA internationally qualified mountain guide since 1995 and was President of the NZMGA from May 2010 until Oct 2016. He is Alpinism and Ski's only guide now, also holds a Diploma in Parks and Recreation Management and is a team leader of the Wanaka Land Search and Rescue Alpine Cliff Rescue team. His expertise is highly respected on an international level too, like in Iceland where he gave glacier guiding instruction and helped them get their mountain guides association on the way, or in Switzerland guiding with the International School of Mountaineering from 1997-2015. He has been on TVNZ because of his involvement with the High Country SAR (search and rescue) documentary series done in 2010 and in 2020 got rewarded with the Queens Service Order.

Originally from Switzerland, Iris has extensive experience in the tourism industry and with a commercial and administrative background runs the Alpinism & Ski base operations and accommodation side of the business. Her mountaineering experience enables her to offer sound and practical advice. Since Covid, she is concentrating on her art with Alpin Iris Art also visible on Insta.

Alpinism & Ski operations started in September 2000 with a ski touring trip in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Extending the alpinism activities to the Northern Hemisphere with guided ascents and mountaineering instruction courses in the Swiss, French and Italian Alps during June, July and August each year was a natural thing to do with the obvious Swiss connection. Covid in 2020 changed this.

During those last couple of decades, the team has built a small, high quality global enterprise providing a professional mountain guiding and instructional service to keen climbers, aspiring mountaineers and future mountain guides, ski tourers and hikers.


* Gary's Mountaineering Techniques Jan.2012 edition is available as a small booklet. Email us for copies

Alpinism adventures 2022? could be backcountry ski touring late Winter or Spring and summer mountaineering towards the end of the year and 2023

simply call or e-mail us with your inquiry

Alpinism & Ski and it's

Environmental Direction and Statement:


Given the nature of the business it is very obvious that sustainability and environment friendly ways of operating are a must and keenly pursued. The team is proud of what they achieved so far with projects of improvement still and always on-going at the Alpinism and Ski base in Wanaka as well as in the mountains, more on our blog here.

We are looking forward to share our paradise with you.


Alpinism & Ski Ltd, Wanaka, New Zealand :: Ph 027 229 5534 :: e-mail: info@alpinismski.co.nz