The program

Making you better in a week

What we offer

Wanaka XC will give you the best preparation allowing you to make the most of your Merino Muster experience.

We have put together a great program for your week with us.  It covers everything : transport, training, technique review, race preparation and some free time to explore Wanaka's other attractions.  Our aim is to allow you to ski yourself into form for the event, free from the stress of organising the details.  The program is flexible. If you just wish to get up there and ski, no worries we will see you on the tracks and give you some tips along the way. If you are looking for more guidance and improvement we are there to help.  If you do not wish to ski all day long, the cafe at Snow Farm has the best views in all of New Zealand - take a book and relax!

OUR 2018 Program

Main focus
Afternoon / evening
Monday 27 Aug 
Pick up at 1PM from Queenstown Airport
Pick up from down-town Queenstown or airport, transported in our bus to Wanaka and settle into your base for the week. 
Meet and greet your fellow skiers and time permitting a gentle but spectacular nordic-walk up Wanaka's Mt Iron to watch the sunset over the lake.
Tuesday 28 Aug 
Snow Farm
10AM - 3PM
First day at Snow Farm, fit out those with hire skis and first lessons for novices. Lunch in Snow Farm Lodge.  Local XC trail familiarisation with a possible ski to Meadow Hut. First filming of ski technique of experienced skiers.
Ski technique review (informal) and review of current  ski techniques used by professionals. Massage for novices to relax those muscles!
Wednesday 29 Aug 
Snow Farm
10AM - 3PM
Long ski for experienced skiers  - both Hanging valley and Meadow Hut loops.  Group picnic lunch "on top of the world' at the amazing Bob Lee Hut. We'll bring the food!
Ski wax tutorial. Show you how to prepare your ski bases, apply wax and set structure ready for race day. Massage for those skiers who skied long distance!
Thursday 30 Aug 
Build and technique
Snow Farm
10AM - 3PM
A higher intensity ski to practise your race technique. Lunch at Snow Farm lodge. 
Pick up bibs at Cardrona Pub (and confirm your race distance).  Afternoon Craft Market and meet your fellow WorldLoppet competitors at the Lake Bar for a drink.  Own choice for dinner.
Friday 31 Aug 
Race strategy
Snow Farm
10AM - 12PM
A shorter day to practise the race start loops, and finishing climb.  Conserve and recharge for tomorrow.
Plan your race strategy, make sure you know where to go, how to pace yourself and what to eat and drink. Our pre-race dinner - charging you up with plenty of energy. 
Saturday 1 Sep 
Race day
The race 10AM start. Either 42km, 21km or 7km.  Afterwards - awards ceremony.
Celebration dinner post race at the iconic Cardrona Hotel with fellow competitors. A great way to revel in your race experience and enjoy the fantastic post race atmosphere.
Sunday 2 Sep 
Recovery day
Active recovery; nordic walk : options Roys Peak, Millenium track, Outlet track.  
Lunch on the gorgeous balcony of our base with a local glass of wine soaking up the sun. What better way to end the Wanaka XC luxury event stay!
Monday 3 Sep
Check out at 10AM
Drop off at Queenstown Airport @ 11AM
We will take you to the Airport and if we have the time, go for a little walk at the Crown Range to see the views.

WHat We provide

Included in the price are the following:

Note : we cannot provide single rooms due to accommodation limitations.  We only have twin and double rooms.  If you are travelling alone and are happy to share a twin room let us know and we will work it out with you. 


All inclusive price of $1,950 NZD per person

Not included - but can be arranged at additional cost:

AND our guests say....

" I had the pleasure of being a member of the wanaka-xc team this year. And the reasons to recommend wanaka-xc stays are countless. Everything was organised perfectly. The base was luxurious and the view from the terrace absolutely breathtaking. The home-made meals were both healthy and delicious. I had an opportunity to learn how to skate properly and to meet wonderful people who share my passion for xc-skiing. We laughed endlessly, which wasn't always good for my sore ribs! The waxing hints I got are invaluable. 
Nicole and Tim were great hosts to Wanaka and Snow Farm. Always smiling, always there for you, ready to help and share their fully professional knowledge and experience."

Michal, Germany


Franco, Italy


" Wanaka XC Stay is the perfect organisation to participate at Worldloppet races - for a complete week all the pleasant aspects of Worldloppet are anticipated and enlarged with new friends of different cultures and countries, selected by the spirit of Worldloppet itself.
The team, motivated by the incoming race and relaxed by the perfect organisation finds very soon the affinities that will let them to be real friends.

" I had a fabulous time on Tim and Nicole’s Merino Muster trip.  Everything went so smoothly, the accommodation and meals were superb, the skiing was a hoot, we all had such a great time, and they made it all seem so effortless!  I couldn’t recommend this trip more highly. "

Simon, Australia