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Snow & Yoga Retreat with Christy Prior

5 Day Luxury Retreat P/P

July 30 - August 05, 2022

Join us at the Sherwood hotel, a stunning sustainable hotel in Queenstown this winter and experience what it’s like to live, ride and meditate like olympic pro snowboarder and yoga teacher, Christy Prior.

Christy is a well decorated, legend of the sport – being an ex-olympian who also has 2x X-Games, 5x world cup and 5x US open medals under her belt. You’ll spend the days riding around Christy’s favourite zones at either The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona. Whether that’s laps through the park to learn some new tricks (seeing them demonstrated by one of the best in the business), pow laps after one of those epic NZ dumps or just cruisy laps taking in the stunning views! Christy will be with you each day to show you around – the best way to experience what it’s like to ride with and like a pro!

Throughout her professional snowboarding career Christy sought out ways to counteract the high demands and pressures that come with being a professional athlete. Using her experience as a YTT500hr qualified yoga teacher, Christy will take you through a variety daily yoga sessions from vinyasa to yin, yin-yang, and meditation – she’s so good that she has people around the world lining up to follow her sessions. 

In between the mountain and yoga, there will be plenty of time to relax at the beautiful sustainable Sherwood property with its stunning outdoor areas and luxurious mountain-view rooms – you’ll want to make the most of the massages on offer. This retreat also includes and award-winning three course welcome dinner at the Sherwood, where you’ll get the chance to meet your host and fellow guests.

1

Day 01 - Saturday

Welcome to Queenstown!

Make your way to the accommodation and spend the rest of the day exploring Queenstown at your own leisure. We have the first yoga session scheduled for the afternoon to get rid of the travel jitters. After Yoga we’ll head to the Sherwood Restaurant for an award winning, three-course meal all made from local produce. Get to know your guide(s) and fellow travellers, enjoy yourself and go over the plan for the week. 

  • Luxury accommodation at Sherwood. King Room with Mountain View (Twin Share)
  • 4.30pm – 5.30pm Yin-Yang Yoga Session
  • Three-course, award winning dinner. All organic and made from local produce
  • Let your consultant know if you require airport transfers or additional add-ons
  • Mountainwatch Travel Perks Card, including discounts at Queenstown best shops, restaurants and bars!
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Day 02 - Sunday

It’s the first day!

Meet at the restaurant for a hearty breakfast and go over the day’s plan of attack. Together with Christy decide on what resort to visit for the first full day of riding. Each resort has something different to offer and snow and weather conditions will be the main factor in deciding where to ride! After a full day’s riding with Christy, head back to the Sherwood to relax in the outdoor area before heading for an early dinner. Christy has a great yoga session in mind for after dinner to prepare you for the days ahead.

  • Luxury accommodation at Sherwood. King Room with Mountain View (Twin Share)
  • Family Style Breakfast Including a Muesli or Oat Cremeux, Homemade Toasts, Greens from the Garden, Proteins, Eggs, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
  • Full day Guiding at The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona
  • Lift Pass for The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona
  • Private Mountainwatch Travel transfer to and from the resort
  • 7.30pm – 8.30pm Yin Yoga Session
  • Mountainwatch Travel Perks Card, including discounts at Queenstown best shops, restaurants and bars!
  • Free test snowboards or skis to try throughout the trip
3

Day 03 - Monday

Start the day by preparing your body and mind for another fun day on slopes. Before breakfast meet Christy at the yoga studio where she’ll host today’s yoga and meditation session. When the session is done head to breakfast and decide on where to ride for the day! We’ll aim to ride at an alternative resort than the day before as we want you to experience it all! Seeing as it’s the second day, and hopefully your body is fully energised from the morning yoga, we’ll aim to step it up a bit and ride some gnarlier terrain. Whether this is in the pow, on the groomers or through the park. Don’t hesitate to ask Christy for some tips and tricks or ask her to show you how a certain trick is done. 

  • Luxury accommodation at Sherwood. King Room with Mountain View (Twin Share)
  • 7.00am – 8.00am Yin-Yang Yoga + Meditation Session
  • Family Style Breakfast Including a Muesli or Oat Cremeux, Homemade Toasts, Greens from the Garden, Proteins, Eggs, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
  • Full day Guiding at The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona
  • Lift Pass for The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona
  • Private Mountainwatch Travel transfer to and from resort
  • Mountainwatch Travel Perks Card, including discounts at Queenstown best shops, restaurants and bars!
  • Free test Snowboards or Skis to try throughout the trip
4

Day 04 - Tuesday

Time for a little sleep in this morning, as we’ll do our yoga session in the afternoon. 

Meet at breakfast and go over today’s plan. Make sure to tell your guide(s) your preferred areas so far – this is your holiday and we want to make the experience as awesome as possible! We have the freedom to go wherever we want, so don’t hesitate to let us know what you prefer. We’ll step it up again from the day before so your progression really shines! Queenstown has a ton of fun side country terrain, with chutes and bowls to ride when the powder is good or learn and improve new tricks in the park, Christy’s bread and butter! After another fun day on the slopes, and maybe a cheeky après drink, head back to town to enjoy an early dinner.

A relaxing yoga session awaits you after dinner, the perfect way to unwind after an epic day!

  • Luxury accommodation at Sherwood. King Room with Mountain View (Twin Share)
  • Family Style Breakfast Including a Muesli or Oat Cremeux, Homemade Toasts, Greens from the Garden, Proteins, Eggs, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
  • Full day Guiding to Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona
  • Lift Pass for The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona
  • Private Mountainwatch Travel transfer to and from resort
  • 7.30pm – 8.30pm Yin Yoga + Meditation Session
  • Mountainwatch Travel Perks Card, including discounts at Queenstown best shops, restaurants and bars!
  • Free test Snowboards or Skis to try throughout the trip
5

Day 05 - Wednesday

What better way to start the day than getting up to do some yoga? Before breakfast meet Christy at the studio for this morning’s yoga and meditation session. When the session is done head to breakfast and go over the days plan! Today might be a good day to head over to Cardrona, famous for having the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park facilities – four parks and two half pipes, great terrain and wide groomers on which to lay the planks over. It also boasts some of the most reliable snow in the region, thanks to its high elevation topping out at 1860m and southerly aspect, favourable to the region. 

  • Luxury accommodation at Sherwood. King Room with Mountain View (Twin Share)
  • 7.00am – 8.00am Vinyasa Yoga Session
  • Family Style Breakfast Including a Muesli or Oat Cremeux, Homemade Toasts, Greens from the Garden, Proteins, Eggs, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
  • Full day Guiding at Cardrona
  • Lift Pass for Cardrona
  • Private Mountainwatch Travel transfer to and from resort
  • Mountainwatch Travel Perks Card, including discounts at Queenstown best shops, restaurants and bars!
  • Free test Snowboards or Skis to try throughout the trip
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Day 06 - Thursday

We understand that riding every day (and doing yoga on top) may get tiring, so we’ll decide the day before whether people are keen to start today with another yoga session, or a little sleep in before we head up the mountain. Again we want you to have the best time possible so make sure you let Christy know if you want to attend this morning’s class.

Today is also our last day riding as a group, so we’ll make sure to do the runs the group enjoyed the most! Whether that’s showing off the tricks you learned, the cliffs your dropped or the carves you layed. It’s all about having fun! At the end of the day riding we’ll meet at the bar for some après drinks and share stories before heading back to the Sherwood to prepare for a night out.

We can book a table at Margo’s in Queenstown for a delicious Mexican feast with frozen margaritas. Celebrate the end of an epic week riding with some great new friends during a fun night out!

  • Luxury accommodation at Sherwood. King Room with Mountain View (Twin Share)
  • 7.00am – 8.00am Optional Yoga Session
  • Family Style Breakfast Including a Muesli or Oat Cremeux, Homemade Toasts, Greens from the Garden, Proteins, Eggs, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
  • Full day Guiding at The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona
  • Lift Pass for The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona
  • Private Mountainwatch Travel transfer to and from resort
  • Mountainwatch Travel Perks Card, including discounts at Queenstown best shops, restaurants and bars!
  • Free test Snowboards or Skis to try throughout the trip
7

Day 07 - Friday

Departure Day.

To prep you for your travels back home, we’ll start the day with our final yoga session. Christy will make sure your body is ready for the journey home. You’ll have some time to relax at breakfast before making your way back to the airport, home or next destination.
Please let your consultant know if  we can help you with adding airport transfers, additional nights or activities for your final day. 

  • Luxury accommodation at Sherwood. King Room with Mountain View (Twin Share)
  • 7.00am – 8.00am Ying-Yang Yoga Session
  • Family Style Breakfast Including a Muesli or Oat Cremeux, Homemade Toasts, Greens from the Garden, Proteins, Eggs, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
  • Mountainwatch Travel Perks Card, including discounts at Queenstown best shops, restaurants and bars!

Add an extra night to your holiday so you can spend the day doing some of the epic activities available in Queenstown. Activities like bungee jumping, sky diving, jet boating or heli skiing are just some of the experiences to bring your trip to the next level!
Let your consultant know if you’re interested in adding some activities as a lot of them fill out rather quick!

  • Sherwood
    The Sherwood is a beautiful sustainable property set on three acres of alpine hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. Rooms are tastefully decorated, elegant yet cosy, with bespoke touches and furnishings from local artists, craftspeople and producers – keeping sustainability front of mind.

    With an award-winning restaurant onsite, specialising in modern New Zealand cuisine that is simple, elegant, fresh and ingredient driven you won't want to leave.
    Features
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Daily Yoga
    • Award-winning Restaurant
    • Yoga and Wellness Center
    • King Rooms with Mountain view (Twin Share)
    Sherwood
    The Sherwood is a beautiful sustainable property set on three acres of alpine hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. Rooms are tastefully decorated, elegant yet cosy, with bespoke touches and furnishings from local artists, craftspeople and producers – keeping sustainability front of mind.

    With an award-winning restaurant onsite, specialising in modern New Zealand cuisine that is simple, elegant, fresh and ingredient driven you won't want to leave.
    Features
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Daily Yoga
    • Award-winning Restaurant
    • Yoga and Wellness Center
    • King Rooms with Mountain view (Twin Share)

Inclusions

  • 6 Nights Accommodation, Standard King Room with Mountain View (Twin Share) – Sherwood
  • Daily Family Style Breakfast – Set Menu Includes a Muesli or Oat Cremeux, Homemade Toasts, Greens from the Garden, Proteins, Eggs, Mushrooms & Tomatoes
  • 5 x Full Days Guiding by Christy Prior
  • 4 x day Lift Pass for Coronet Peak & The Remarkables
  • 1 x day Lift Pass for Cardrona
  • Daily Yoga Sessions by Christy Prior – Sessions Include: Vinyasa, Yin, Yin-Yang, and Meditation Classes.
  • Options for Extra Yoga Sessions
  • 1 x Welcome Dinner at Sherwood – A Three-Course, Award Winning Menu Made from Local Produce
  • Private Mountainwatch Travel Transfers to and from resorts
  • Mountainwatch Travel Perks Card, including discounts at Queenstown best shops, restaurants and bars!
  • Free test Snowboards or Skis to try throughout the trip

Not Included

  • Airport Transfers
  • Lunch
  • 4x Dinner
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Nights, Rentals or Add-ons

Please let your consultant know if you need help adding these to your package!

 

EXPERIENCE + GEAR

This tour is for intermediate to advanced skiers/snowboarders who want to combine riding with a professional snowboarder and daily yoga sessions. The resorts we visit cater to a wide variety of levels.

We want to make your Queenstown experience as awesome as possible so don’t hesitate to let your guide know what you prefer!

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FAQ

You will be in very capable hands throughout this tour with our professional guides. Numbers permitting we’ll have multiple guides available during this tour. The main guide will be Christy Prior, but we’re aiming to have other local guide(s) on hand who have spent a lot of time riding around New Zealand – they’ll know the mountains very well and will be able to show you around all the best spots. Our guides will be around to greet you on your arrival and be there to help you with anything you need when back at the hotel. We’ll make bookings at the best restaurants for those that want to join us for a great night out!

We’ll be staying at The Sherwood, a beautiful property in Queenstown focussing on sustainability. You’ll have a twin share king room with mountain views. We aim to allocate rooms to guests of similar ages and genders. Breakfast is included. Wifi is also freely available.

Approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your departure you will receive detailed information on your trip which includes your travel vouchers, airline and airport transfer information (if applicable), information on the respective resort, etc. Our head office is now located in Queenstown, so there will always be someone around to help in case of an emergency.

We can help you add in airport transfers, additional nights or any activity you’d like to experience on your holiday. If you don’t have your own skis/snowboards or just prefer to travel without, we can arrange rentals in Queenstown. And perhaps you would like to extend your stay at the resort or explore a bit more of NZ by heading to another resort for more days on the hill? Your consultant can assist with this and provide recommendations.

Our guides are on hand to assist with any queries/advice, they will be with you throughout the tour staying at the same accommodation. We also aim to set up a WhatsApp or Facebook Group Chat to communicate with each other during our time in NZ. At the end of each day, we’ll have a catch-up with the group to go through the day’s adventures, share photos and outline the next day’s plan of attack.

Throughout the retreat we’ll have multiple yoga sessions locked in, but we’ll play by ear and see if there’s interest for additional sessions. Regarding skiing/snowboarding, your guides will make calls on which resorts to ride based on the best conditions. Calls can be made the night before if there’s some unexpected weather conditions to be taken advantage of.

We offer full-day guiding to give you the best experience possible. Of course, you don’t have to stay with the group and you are free to explore some further terrain, hit the powder stashes our guides have shown, or head back to town to enjoy the hot tub or beer at your own leisure. Please make sure to tell the guide before heading off.

Our Snow & Yoga Retreat welcomes any rider. It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling solo, with mates or with your family. The retreat is most suitable for intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders so you don’t feel left behind when riding the resorts. Because our guide to guest ratio we can always split the group up when needed and meet back at the pub for après drinks or lunch.

The yoga sessions can be catered to any level as well, no matter if you’re a first timer or someone who practices every week. Christy will run her sessions according to your level.

In advance of the tour we collect information relating to guests’ skiing/boarding levels, and the type of terrain they prefer to tackle. This information assists us in allocating guests into subgroups of usually 6-8 people. We aim to have guests of similar abilities teamed together to maximise the experience on the slopes. We’ll always aim to start and finish the day as a group and have the space during the day to split up if need be. It’s all about your experience and we want to make it as epic as possible!

We require all group members to have travel insurance when joining our tour. We strongly recommend arranging travel insurance at the time of booking, so you are covered against cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or accidents. We can arrange a quote for travel insurance so please contact your agent for further information or click here for an online quote. If you are using your own insurance please ensure it covers you for ski/snowboarding. Keep in mind Mountainwatch Travel is in no way or form responsible or liable for anything that happens during your trip.

You will be in very capable hands throughout this tour with our professional guides. Numbers permitting we’ll have multiple guides available during this tour. The main guide will be Christy Prior, but we’re aiming to have other local guide(s) on hand who have spent a lot of time riding around New Zealand – they’ll know the mountains very well and will be able to show you around all the best spots. Our guides will be around to greet you on your arrival and be there to help you with anything you need when back at the hotel. We’ll make bookings at the best restaurants for those that want to join us for a great night out!

Throughout the retreat we’ll have multiple yoga sessions locked in, but we’ll play by ear and see if there’s interest for additional sessions. Regarding skiing/snowboarding, your guides will make calls on which resorts to ride based on the best conditions. Calls can be made the night before if there’s some unexpected weather conditions to be taken advantage of.

We’ll be staying at The Sherwood, a beautiful property in Queenstown focussing on sustainability. You’ll have a twin share king room with mountain views. We aim to allocate rooms to guests of similar ages and genders. Breakfast is included. Wifi is also freely available.

We offer full-day guiding to give you the best experience possible. Of course, you don’t have to stay with the group and you are free to explore some further terrain, hit the powder stashes our guides have shown, or head back to town to enjoy the hot tub or beer at your own leisure. Please make sure to tell the guide before heading off.

Approximately 2-4 weeks prior to your departure you will receive detailed information on your trip which includes your travel vouchers, airline and airport transfer information (if applicable), information on the respective resort, etc. Our head office is now located in Queenstown, so there will always be someone around to help in case of an emergency.

Our Snow & Yoga Retreat welcomes any rider. It doesn’t matter whether you’re traveling solo, with mates or with your family. The retreat is most suitable for intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders so you don’t feel left behind when riding the resorts. Because our guide to guest ratio we can always split the group up when needed and meet back at the pub for après drinks or lunch.

The yoga sessions can be catered to any level as well, no matter if you’re a first timer or someone who practices every week. Christy will run her sessions according to your level.

We can help you add in airport transfers, additional nights or any activity you’d like to experience on your holiday. If you don’t have your own skis/snowboards or just prefer to travel without, we can arrange rentals in Queenstown. And perhaps you would like to extend your stay at the resort or explore a bit more of NZ by heading to another resort for more days on the hill? Your consultant can assist with this and provide recommendations.

In advance of the tour we collect information relating to guests’ skiing/boarding levels, and the type of terrain they prefer to tackle. This information assists us in allocating guests into subgroups of usually 6-8 people. We aim to have guests of similar abilities teamed together to maximise the experience on the slopes. We’ll always aim to start and finish the day as a group and have the space during the day to split up if need be. It’s all about your experience and we want to make it as epic as possible!

Our guides are on hand to assist with any queries/advice, they will be with you throughout the tour staying at the same accommodation. We also aim to set up a WhatsApp or Facebook Group Chat to communicate with each other during our time in NZ. At the end of each day, we’ll have a catch-up with the group to go through the day’s adventures, share photos and outline the next day’s plan of attack.

We require all group members to have travel insurance when joining our tour. We strongly recommend arranging travel insurance at the time of booking, so you are covered against cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or accidents. We can arrange a quote for travel insurance so please contact your agent for further information or click here for an online quote. If you are using your own insurance please ensure it covers you for ski/snowboarding. Keep in mind Mountainwatch Travel is in no way or form responsible or liable for anything that happens during your trip.

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