Our Snow Play trip is very easy. This is only a short walk to our Snow Play features which we refresh through out the season. It is also ideal for groups with young children. One thing to remember is that we are at an altitude (between 1500-1800m above sea level) which if you have come from sea level will see you dehydrating quickly so a water bottle is an essential piece of kit. Having a level of fitness helps you enjoy this trip more, but is not essential.
Our Adventure trip is our most popular trip and run through the middle of the day. On this trip we gradually climb about 200 vertical metres and cover at least 4km which doesn't sound a lot but at altitude, on Snowshoes its a good hike. And depending on the level of the group we have time to go further and head for the scenic ridgelines so a good level of fitness is required to enjoy this trip.
Through June the snow is still building up, this means the temperatures are warmer while the snow is dry. Very easy. July and August with a few storms the snow is drifting, snowcaves can start to be dug out and the weather is coldest. However, snow is still dry, it's great making fresh tracks!
September onwards, the powder is replaced by spring conditions, warmer, more intense sunshine but slightly wetter, so waterproof footwear is handy later in the season.
Winter is typified by cool, calm, clear days in the Southern Lakes. In any given week, we would expect 4 of 7 days to be like this. Of the other three, 2 can be expected to overcast and inclement and one day a week precipitation (generally snow), windy and basically real expedition weather.
Temperatures vary from the start of the season to the end of the season. In June, when the days are very short, temperatures on the mountains range between 0° to -10°C during the day. By October, temperatures tend to be close to or above 0°C. However, on windy days, the temperatures can drop an additional -20°C on exposed ridges. Fortunately, most of the routes we use, are sheltered below the ridgelines and we rarely seek exposure on ridgelines on inclement days.
We schedule trips from the 1st of June until end of October. Snowshoeing does not require the snow cover, nor the ski lifts, that skiing does. So as a general rule, as soon as we have had our first winter storm, we can start operating. And while we can run trips into November, we normally finish end of October as the snow is getting wet and warm, so we prefer to only run morning trips at the tail end of the season.