Welcome to the Academy’s most mobile of international adventures! Become a “shreddy-ski-wi” on this road trippin-ski tourin'-bike peddlin'-natural wonders overload- trip of a lifetime! You will experience winter during summer while exploring the incredible country of New Zealand! This journey will take you from "Sea to Summit" as we carve turns on skis, roll across mountain bike trails and swim in the ocean; all accessed while exploring NZ from our own adventure RV’s! We will fly from the USA to Christchurch where we will stay together in the city for a bit of exploration and time-change adjustments. Next we will embark on our epic ski-tour as we load up our personal RV’s that will be both our transport and our homes for the next two weeks of island exploration! We will take to the slopes at both Mt. Hutt and Cardrona ski areas as we seek out epic turns and powder stashes. Taking a break from winter we will immerse ourselves in the vibrant history and culture unique to New Zealand. We will experience a vibrant Maori Kiwi Haka performance, witness the French-Colonial influence on the Banks Penninsula and stroll the streets of quirky Queenstown. Finally we will take to the seas with an Akaroa Harbor cruise and shed some layers with a day of mountain biking NZ’s legendary single-track! Sprinkle in a visit to Mount Aspiring National Park and you have the ingredients for an unforgettable, season-defying ski adventure to the other side of the planet!
Program Schedule: *Subject to change
July 23-25 (Including Time Change)
Group flight to NZ. (Students have the option to depart Telluride region wiht instructors or meet in a connector city. Details to follow) Once we arrive to the beautiful city of Christchurch, the largest city on the Southern island, we will check into our hotel for the night and begin to explore the city.
We will move into our mobile adventure homes and take the day to unpack and get settled while soaking in all the sites. We'll ride the historical tram, stroll botanical gardens, and sample delicious foods!
We're off to the mountains! We will head west to Mt Hutt Ski area for two full days of shredding in the mountains! We will end each day with a delicious meal, epic ski stories and games!
We will then travel more south to the beautiful Mount Aspiring National park were we will explore the rivers and mountains of the area with a day adventure.
Become a “Shreddy-Ski-Wi” Part 2. We will spend the next two days ripping the slopes of Cardrona Ski resort!
Queenstown, nestled next to Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, this city is surely one of a kind. We will explore the Queenstown area while mountain biking the regions world class single -track and bike park! In the evening we will ride the gondola to the top of Bob's Peak for a truly unique cultural experience as we learn about the native Maori through a vibrant Kiwi Haka performance.
Next we head north to the french-colonial settlement located on the Banks Peninsula south-east of Christchurch. We will walk the streets of Akaroa and soak in its rich history filled with french culture.
Dolphin Cruise in Akaroa! After seeing the incredible wildlife and touring around the Peninsula we will make our way make to Christchurch where we will return our adventure mobiles and gear up for our journey home.
August 4-5 (Including Time Change)
Travel back to Telluride!