Back Country Skiing

Why Go Off-Piste?

Off-piste skiing and boarding the New Zealand back country is what the Neon PomPom is all about. It is always a challenge – it is you against the mountain, the conditions and that quest for the perfect run, whether you are a back-country expert or learning to ride a rope tow for the first time.

People have come to realise that skiing pristine snow in an untouched mountain environment is the ultimate ski experience. It comes as no surprise that off-piste and backcountry skiing (encompassing touring, hiking, heli and cat skiing) is the fastest growing sector of the ski industry.

With more ski areas than all other regions in New Zealand combined, the Canterbury High Country is the cradle of skiing in New Zealand. The reason we have based the Neon PomPom in Canterbury is simply because it offers the greatest range of options, challenges and potential for adventure for the aspirant skier or boarder keen to explore beyond the chairlift. Here are the facts:

Best of all, the Neon PomPom is located right in the middle of it all, at the swish Terrace Downs Resort.  We are less than 45 mins scenic drive to the lifts at three ski fields and under an hour to three more. The neat little ski town of Methven is less than 20 minutes away.

At the Neon PomPom, our job is to ensure you get the most out of those hard-earned days on the snow by getting you up there safely and quickly, guiding and coaching you while in the snow, maybe testing your abilities and getting you down gain to re-live the day over a gluhwein in the hot tub. So if you like the sound of that, check out our back country skiing options.

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The Neon PomPom Guide to a Great NZ Ski Holiday

It’s a good idea to do a bit of research before committing to anything. To help you out, we have produced this handy guide to planning a ski trip in New Zealand. It covers pretty much everything you need to know about skiing and boarding in this unique part of the world.

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