Alpine Ski Touring

Alpine Guides' Alpine Ski Tours are the perfect way to explore New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook and Westland regions on skis. Let our expert IFMGA/NZMGA show you some of the best high-alpine ski touring in the world.

Touring areas include the Tasman, Murchison, Mannering, Aida, Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. There are many non-technical ascents leading to some incredible downhill turns.

Private Ski Tours

All our Tours are arranged on a private basis for one person, through to groups of 4 or more.

We can arrange Alpine Ski Tours tours any time during the winter months (July to mid-October). You can choose the dates, and tailor the content to your specific requirements. See the detailed Alpine Tour details for more information.

Previous touring or mountaineering experience is not required.

Based From Mountain Huts

Alpine tours are based from the network of high mountain huts across Mt Cook and Westland National Parks. 

You can stay in one location, or travel between huts to see a greater variety of terrain (if experience and conditions allow).

If you want an even more "adventurous" experience, see our unique HeliCamp option or if big mountain descents are what you are after - the Ski Mountaineering Course (SMC) is for you.

Winter Seasonality and Snow

Snow conditions and temperatures change throughout winter.

Spring (September- October) snow conditions are usually best for first-time ski tourers. Read more about winter snow and weather here on our FAQ. 

Experience required:

  • Good level of aerobic fitness
  • Strong-intermediate or better skiing ability
  • Mountaineering experience not required