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Mike Madden, owner and chief guide at Queenstown Mountain Guides, spends his winters exploring Queenstown's snow-covered mountains. Originally from the North Island, Mike discovered his true passion for mountaineering and skiing when he moved to Queenstown at age 20. Since then, Mike's worked and lived in Mount Cook, Canada and Japan, before starting his own mountain guiding business in Queenstown four years ago.
Heading to Queenstown for a long weekend this winter? There are so many things to do and places to explore, it can be difficult to tick everything off over three days. Here are some top tips to make the most of a winter long weekend in Queenstown.
If you’ve experienced the sheer exhilaration of a perfect run, you know how good skiing is for your soul.
Heading home after a huge day on the slopes, bone-tired and blissful, we put together five reasons why a ski holiday uplifts you, body, mind, and spirit.