The Murchison Glacier and it surrounding tributaries and mountains is New Zealand’s best glaciated ski touring destination. Remote, beautiful, steep, mellow, committing & serious are all words that could be used to describe the skiing in the Murchison… there are ski lines for everyone from first time ski tourers to skiers and snow boarders looking for serious & steep glaciated ski mountaineering terrain.
Compared to the busy Tasman Glacier the Murchison Glacier is less frequented by ski touring parties. In 2017 Murchison hut was closed, now hut based groups are required to make a long day journey from the Tasman Glacier to have only a small taste of the delights that the area has to offer. Being based in the Murchison we will get to experience the best skiing in the area.
The Murchison Glacier Skiing Expedition is for adventurous skiers and snow boarders looking to learn winter camping and expedition camping skills. With the right equipment, knowledge snow camping is comfortable. On this trip you will learn how to set up a winter camp properly – these skills will include making a tent platform, building snow walls, and creating foot wells at the entrance of the tent. You will also learn tricks to stay warm and dry. These skills can be applied to longer tent based expeditions (imagine snow camping in the high Alaskan Mountains on a skiing or climbing expedition for 2 weeks!). We can provide you with a sleeping bag, foam roll, and light weight air mattress to make your camping experience warm and comfortable.
Access to the Murchison Glacier is by helicopter or ski plane. After driving to Mt Cook we will fly into the Murchison Glacier and set up a basecamp for the week. From here there are many different skiing options. We can look at the map and the surrounding terrain and choose objectives based on your fitness, goals, skill level, snow conditions, and the avalanche hazard. Ski mountaineering objectives are also a possibility in the Murchison Glacier.