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Glacier Ski Mountaineering

Ski Tours
5 days
Ski / Snowboard

In winter and spring when the snow piles up and the crevasses are filled, this becomes a ski touring and mountaineering paradise.

The West Coast of the South Island has two outstanding glaciers that come from the highest reaches of the Southern Alps all the way down (almost) to sea level. These are massive areas of snow and ice.

The emphasis will be tailored to the group and can range from getting the best and most skiing possible, going for summits whilst learning ski mountaineering techniques such as:

  • Ski and snowboard touring techniques & smart terrain selection
  • Mountaineering & rope skills applicable to glacier ski & snowboard mountaineering.
  • Avalanche Awareness, transceiver use & rescue techniques
  • Glacier travel and crevasse rescue
  • Route finding, trip planning and navigation
book now from $3150 Skills required

Positive ski mountaineering experience and beautiful glacier environment! Great experienced guide in Dan, super professional, extremely hard working. Food was great and plentiful....read more

David, California, USA

Day One

The best work commute

We usually meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30 in the morning when we do a final check of your equipment and answer any last minute questions. We drive to Fox Glacier or Mount Cook village where we load the helicopter and have a spectacular flight into the mountains. Your guide will instruct you on the safety aspects of avalanche and glacier skiing.

Day Two

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A chance to explore the area and get a feel on conditions. You will be surrounded by the tallest peaks in New Zealand. Further mountaineering skills will be developed in preparation for bigger objectives later in the week.

Day Three

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There are many options for peaks to climb and ski that will be the opportunity to apply the skills that has been covered.

Day Four


A winter ascent of a 3000m peak will be the ultimate objective to put your new skills into practice. Options on the West Coast include Lendenfeld Peak from Pioneer Hut or the twin peaked Minarets from Centennial Hut with its views over the entire length of the Tasman Glacier. On the eastern side it could be Hochstetter Dome, Mt Green, Elie du Beaumont or Mt Hamilton.

Day Five

Backcountry skiing New Zealand

Ski tour down to a lower hut or pick up. Here the helicopter will pick us up and transport us back down to ground level.

NB: Please note that this itinerary is a sample only and the actual itinerary may vary at the discretion of your guide depending on weather, conditions and personal ability

There are few places in the world where you can ski on glaciers while looking out over the ocean.

This is a unique place and in the world of backcountry touring, the west coast of New Zealand is incomparable. This is the perfect introduction or development of ski mountaineering techniques for the high mountains with a range of peaks and terrain from moderate to steep.

Before the trip begins you will receive a complete gear equipment list and we will help you through any questions you might have. We include all the technical gear required for glacier travel (ie., harness, crampons, ice axe) free of charge. All you need is your own ski & board touring equipment.

While the West Coast glaciers are our aim, if weather conditions restrict access to this location, not only do we have our weather contingency day bonus, we offer the widest range of alternative backcountry skiing locations, including the Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring regions and locally our Black Peak & Robrosa private huts. This is a HUGE advantage if you are wanting to experience true backcountry rather than being restricted to sidecountry options from ski resorts in bad weather.


Trip Date Available
25-29 Aug Completed
8-12 Sept Completed
21-25 Sept Open
1-5 Oct FULL


Client Ratio Price
1:1 NZ$5,250
1:2 NZ$3,150

What's included

  • NZMGA qualified guide
  • all meals and energy snacks
  • all technical gear required for glacier travel ie., crampons, ice axe, harness etc.
  • hut fees
  • bonus weather contingency day.

What's not included

  • flight in or out of the mountains
  • ski or split board touring equipment

Frequently asked questions

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