The Tasman Glacier in the Mt Cook region offers some of the Southern Alps most spectacular powder and spring skiing.
The Tasman Glacier in the Mt Cook region offers some of the Southern Alps most spectacular powder and spring skiing, with incredible views of New Zealand’s highest mountains, and long glacier ski runs.
There is a variety of skiing for all levels. For intermediate skiers there are spectacular gentle neve runs, for stronger skiers there is the option of finding steep skiing. For experts there are many ski mountaineering objectives.
Our hut-based trips make use of the high mountain hut system in the Tasman Glacier skiing region. The two main huts in this area are Kelman and Tasman Saddle hut on the Tasman Glacier. For the week we will be based at one hut. For the even more adventurous we can fly into more remote areas like the Murchison and Aida glaciers and use lightweight tent camps for our base camp.
From these huts we can access all of the Tasman and Murchsion glacier terrain. These areas include all of the tributary glaciers running into the Tasman and Murchison areas:
- Mannering Glacier
- Darwin Shoulder
- Darwin Glacier
- Bonny Glacier
- Canyon Lands Ice fall
- Classen Saddle
- Whataroa Saddle
- Aida Glacier
It is possible to ski off the summits of the mountains at the head of the Tasman and Murchison glaciers when conditions are right and there are many ski mountaineering objectives in the area including:
- Hochstetter Dome
- Mt Elie De Beaumont
- Mt Hamiliton
- Mt Cooper
- Mt Acland
- Mt Sydney King
- Mt Phyllis
On the final day we ski down the Tasman Glacier.. New Zealand’s longest ski run. This is a spectacular and classic glacial ski run underneath New Zealand’s highest mountains.
We use a helicopter to access the high mountain huts. Flying in enables us to bring in a good supply of food so we can enjoy relaxing with a good meal after a big day of riding.
Tasman Glacier, Mt Cook national park
MEETING POINT & TIME
Your guide will meet with you at 8.30am on the first day of the trip at your accomodation.
5 – 10 days
Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions.
On the first day of the trip we will meet at your accommodation at 8.30am. Before we depart we will do an equipment check to make sure that you have everything you need for the mountains. It takes 2.5 hours to drive to the Mt Cook airport.
TASMAN GLACIER SKI TOUR
My wife and I just finished a 5-day ski touring trip on the Fox Glacier with Mike and QMG and absolutely loved it. Mike worked diligently to coordinate the location of the trip, helicopters, and huts to make sure we got the most out of our 5 day trip on the Glacier. We had lots of fresh and tasty food including bacon and eggs every morning, fruit, Thai curry, pad Thai, and Mexican. The daily ski tours were awesome and included skiing and climbing various summits and high cols. Mike genuinely wanted us to have a great and safe experience and took the time to explain and teach us about the intricacies of skiing and climbing in NZ. All that said, it felt like Mike was not only our guide for the 5-day trip, but our guide for our entire trip to New Zealand. He offered us suggestions on more skiing and hiking in NZ after our Fox Glacier trip, and even had some topo maps and weather reports printed off for us to go by. Special thanks to Mike and Marina for the great bed and breakfast after the trip as well! 5 stars. We highly recommend Queenstown Mountain Guides.