The countdown to winter in Queenstown is on and we’re dreaming of fresh powder, epic adventures and outrageous themed parties that only QUT Snowriders, the original Brisbane uni ski club, can provide!
We’ve been running incredible student trips since 2015, and 2023 is set to be our biggest and best yet!
We’ll be heading back to picturesque Queenstown in July for 8 jampacked days of powder, pints and promiscuity.
Joined by 65 of QUT’s finest, we guarantee this will be the trip of a lifetime – skiing and boarding 3 different mountains by day and partying through Queenstown’s famous nightlife by dark.
This is one trip you don’t want to miss!
We’re up bright and early to jump on a quick flight to Queenstown, New Zealand on Virgin VA117. Our tickets allow you a generous 2 bags allowance. This should be plenty to bring everything you will need for the 8 days of shredding and partying that await you!
On arrival in New Zealand we have a private transfer to take us to our accommodation at Nomads Queenstown, located smack bang in the centre of town – no walking required!
With our inclusive mountain and bus passes, today members can choose between Coronet Peak and The Remarkables for their first day of shredding!
Coronet Peak contains a huge 1560 hectares of spectacular rollercoaster skiable terrain, with plenty of tracks to suit any level of experience!
The Remarkables offer 380 hectares of terrain to explore, with heaps of beginner-friendly options in its protected valley location. Experts, never fear! There are also an array of more advanced tracks, a jump park, and back-country ski areas.
Today we recommend you take the time to kick back, relax, and explore Queenstown to your heart’s content – but if adventure is calling to you don’t hesitate to partake in any of the town’s incredible activities during the day!
You’ll need all the energy you can get though, as we head to Coronet Peak from 4-9pm for some incredible night skiing! Check out incredible sunsets before you send it down wide-open floodlit trails – a bucket list activity for any frostbitten traveller.
Today we have a private transfer to take us to Cardrona, New Zealand’s most popular ski area.
This is the country’s ultimate winter playground, boasting 400 hectares of skiable terrain. Its wide, uncrowded trails make it the perfect place for beginners to perfect their skills, and experts to fang it down the mountain.
Since we’ve last visited, Cardrona has opened up an entire new 65 hectares of skiable area – Willow’s Basin, complete with breath-taking views and incredible snow quality.
Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, today is the day to kick back and relax … or not!
Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world, with no shortage of adrenaline-pumping, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to satisfy your inner adventurer.
We give you the freedom to partake in any activity you like – bungee jumping, jet boating, riding the famous luge, skydiving, ziplining, rafting … the list goes on and it’s your choice!
Today we are heading back to either mountain of your choice – Coronet Peak or The Remarkables!
Now that you’ve got your ski legs firmly on, don’t forget to check out the incredible facilities both mountains offer.
Ski on over to Heidi’s Hut at Coronet Peak, for a luxurious Italian-style Après experience. Or relax and down a few bevvies at the Remarkables mid-mountain Ice Bar!
Today’s your last chance to soak up that winter sun, send it as hard as you can, and make memories that will last you for life!
We’ll be implementing a theme for everyone to wear on the mountain this day – just for those extra photo ops!
Tragedy strikes! It’s unfortunately that time of the trip when we’ll need to pack up, shed a few tears, and head home.
Before we leave, this morning is free time to take part in any activities you missed, or grab one last hungover brekky by the lake. Be sure to be back for a 1:30pm pickup to the airport.
We fly out at 4:29pm on Virgin VA118 and will land in Brisbane at 6:15pm
Nomads Queenstown is backpacking in style and is the winner of multiple awards since we opened our doors 10 years ago This fantastic purpose-built property is located just metres away from Lake Wakatipu in central Queenstown, with views of the snow-capped mountains.
We have large and small dorms with or without ensuite and family suites.
All dorm rooms have lockers which can hold a computer (and charge it at the same time) as well as hanging space and reading lights for every bed.
Our amazing hotel-style king rooms come with flat-screen televisions, fridge, iron and ironing board.
Our hostel is sure to impress. The property also has a fully equipped modern kitchen, a movie room, an amazing lounge with a fireplace, a sauna, internet access with free WiFi throughout, a travel desk and ski storage.
Please note we are a dry hostel, but we’re lucky enough to have our own bar so you can get your locals deals!
Buyers should be aware that the initial deposit of $600 ($700 for non-members) for this trip is a non-refundable deposit (besides as indicated below), any payments a customer has made after this is fully refundable upon request of cancellation and incurs no cancellation fee. In this event please contact the QUT snowriders through our email or Facebook page as we can and have in the past, offered other solutions to club trippers.
In the event of a trip cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions, all receipt holders will be given a full refund including the otherwise non-refundable deposit. COVID-19 restrictions include the trip’s own travel restrictions, Brisbane lockdown, Queenstown lockdown and the condition of quarantine that affects further travel plans. This does not include personal quarantine due to prior travel/restrictions, travel restriction outside of Brisbane/Queenstown, self-isolation due to Covid-illness or Covid testing; such personal circumstances that do not affect the viability of the trip are not covered by our Covid refund guarantee.
QUT Snowriders Code of Conduct 2022
This document outlines the code of conduct for the 2022 QUT Snowriders. It outlines the expectations of the participants of the trip. It also outlines the forms of dispute resolution and the consequences of disregarding the information in this document. This document also amends the cancellation policy in the event of trip-wide cancellation due to Covid-19 related reasons to better reflect the value the club is providing to members.
Snowriders is a club that has always strongly aligned itself with social activities as well as potentially dangerous sports. This document aims to outline some of the actions that will not be accepted by trip attendees and consequences for breaching these rules.
This document is applicable to every trip attendee, including executives.
The following are some of the actions that are deemed inappropriate on the trip. This is not a comprehensive list, and any actions deemed “anti-social” by the executives will be dealt with severely.
All trip participants are required at all times to abide by any law applicable. No tolerance will be given for those who break laws. Those found to be in breach of any law will be immediately reported to the authorities and will be immediately removed from the trip.
The trip has an absolutely ZERO tolerance policy for drugs or illegal materials. Any trip attendee found in the possession of illegal materials will be reported to the relevant authorities and will be immediately removed from the trip. Any suspected activity in this form will be dealt with severely.
Any anti-social behaviours including but not limited to, Hazing, sexual assault, unwanted sexual advances or statements, aggression and bullying is not tolerated. Action deemed by the executives to be against the spirit of the club will be dealt with severely and if required law enforcement will be contacted.
Any damages that a trip participant causes, through their actions are not the responsibility of the club or executives. Attendees will be required to cover the cost of any damages, and/or any other measures required to repair damages.
The club and executives accept no responsibility for the actions of the suppliers of the services within the trip. All participants are required to abide by all rules of the suppliers (including, but not limited to, accommodation and travel), and the club takes no responsibility for any persons’ actions in regards to these organisations.
The consequences resulting from actions that are not aligned with the articles of this code of conduct are severe. The acting executives on the trip will decide the consequences, which will be made at the earliest possible time after the incident has occurred.
The consequences include, but are not limited to;
– Immediate removal from the trip
– Exclusion from group activities
– Other disciplinary actions, as determined by the executives
If any disciplinary action is taken, NO REFUNDS will be given in any circumstance.
By your inclusion in this trip (and the agreement of this code of conduct) you also accept any and all responsibility for yourself, your equipment and your actions. The club, its executives, and any other party accept no responsibility for any damages (personal or otherwise) that may occur on this trip. The purchase of this ticket also means that you are aware that snow sports can be dangerous if proper care & caution is not practised, and the club accepts no responsibility for any incidents or injuries.
By signing this document, you accept that the club, and its executives, accepts no responsibility for you or your property for the duration of the trip. No tolerance will be given for anti-social behaviour. This document does not outline ALL punishable actions on the trip, and that all questionable (deemed by executives) acts on the trip will be at the discretion of the executives. The executives will not be held liable for any actions or negligence on the trip.
Helmets are mandatory for all trip participants, NO EXCEPTIONS.
If a participant is learning a snow sport for the first time they must take lessons for a minimum of 1 full day, this applies for both snowboarding and skiing. Participants are highly recommended to do more lessons to help them progress quicker.
Helmets are mandatory and wrist guards are compulsory for first time snowboarders.
Beginners, Intermediate and Above:
All participants must wear a helmet at all times and regardless of skiing ability, wrist guards are recommended. Beginners and all levels are highly recommended to take lessons to safely progress their skills to the next level.
The club and executives accept no responsibility for the consequences of participants who refused the recommended measures.