Terms and Conditions - Ski The Tasman


Minimum Numbers

A minimum of 3 bookings is required to operate on a given day. Individual bookings are welcomed.

Reconfirmation

All guests need to reconfirm with us no later than 5pm the day before skiing.

We reserve the right to cancel reservations if customers fail to reconfirm bookings, we cannot contact you, and there is pressure for seats. This may incur a charge (see Cancellations below).

Reconfirming allows us to pass on important details about meeting points, weather, equipment, and snow conditions.

Credit Card Security

A valid credit card number must be provided on booking, either on-line or over the phone. Your card details are for security only and will not be charged unless you fail to show and we are able to operate.  If weather prevents flying a there will be no charge, or a full refund given if you have pre-paid.


Booking Restrictions

Guests must be 18 years or older to make a booking. Persons under 18 years old require a parent or guardian accompanying them. The parent/guardian must complete the registration form prior to skiing.

Children

There is no child rate. Persons less than 18 years old must have their registration forms completed by an accompanying adult.

The minimum age is 10 years. We reserve the right to refuse to carry children if experience and conditions are, in our opinion, not appropriate. Supervising adults must be prepared to ski at the pace of the children.

Snowboarders

Ski The Tasman is for skiers only. There is some traversing and the lower glacier is too gently angled for easy riding.

Weather Dependant

Ski The Tasman is a weather dependent activity. We reserve the right to cancel if weather is not safe/suitable for the aircraft or skiing. Guests may transfer to another day, if space, weather, and itineraries allow.

Alpine Guides reserves the right to change the duration of the ski day around changing weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control.

Cancellations

We guarantee a refund (or no charge) if your cancellation is received by 5pm the day before skiing. No-shows or failure to cancel prior to 5pm the day before will result in full payment. There is a strict 100% charge for customers who do not show and the weather is operable.

Cancellations should be made by phone (+64 3 435 1834) or in person. If emailing ensure you give more than 24 hours notice.

Refunds

In the unlikely event we must shorten the ski day to one run, due to weather or snow conditions guests are entitled to a refund of $275 . Refunds are not due to guests who elect to shorten the day due to fitness, lack of ability, or injury.

If payment was made by credit card the refund will be credited to the same card. Charges or refunds will appear in the name of ‘Alpine Guides Aoraki’ on the credit cardholder's statement.


Disclaimer

Ski The Tasman takes place in an uncontrolled, serious high alpine environment. Skiing, snowboarding, and flying in mountain areas carries a certain element of risk.

These risks include, but are not limited to:

  • Avalanches
  • Rock or ice fall
  • Falling
  • Crevasse hazard
  • Weather and other environmental hazards
  • Human related hazards caused by participants
  • Aircraft failure

Alpine Guides has been operating glacier and heliskiing activities since 1974. In that time we have had more than 60,000 skier days.

Since that time there have been accidents, including fatalities in our ski operations. However, by ski guiding international standards we have a very low accident rate. There have been no serious accidents on Ski The Tasman since 1978.

Anyone participating with Ski The Tasman must understand that despite the experience and qualifications of our guides, we cannot provide a 100% guarantee of safety in this environment.

Participants registering for our activities are required to follow their guide's instructions explicitly.