Ski Touring, Mt Cook National Park. Photo by Sam Bosshard

Alpine Ski Touring | Mount Cook

New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook region offers some of the best high-alpine ski touring in the world. Alpine Guides' Alpine Ski Touring runs to set dates or we can arrange "private" tours for small groups of back country skiing enthusiasts.

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

Join a scheduled tour group or arrange a private ski tour

You can join a scheduled ski tour, running to set dates. Alternatively, you can choose the dates for a private tour.

We will tailor the trip to suit your ski touring experience, and ambitions.

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. See the Mt Cook Area Map for hut locations ›

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 tent camping in the mountains, see our HeliCamp option ›

Tasman Saddle Hut. Photo by Sam Bosshard.

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 ›

Photo by Sam Bosshard.

Experience Required:

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

AGL Skill Check



Season: Winter (July-October)

Trip Type: Ski Touring

Length: 5+ days

Maximum Guide/Participant Ratio: 1:4


Prices and Dates - Winter 2014

Scheduled Alpine Tours - 5 days

Price NZ$2,590 per person

Course Dates Spaces
AST4 Sept 20-24 Full


  • Open - free to book.
  • Limited - Please check before booking (may fill quickly).
  • One only/2 only = one or 2 spaces remain. Phone us to secure your place.
  • Closed - course no longer available.

Private Alpine Ski Tours

We can arrange private Alpine Ski Tours tours right through the winter months. This allow you to choose the dates, and tailor the content to your specific requirements. See the detailed trip details for more "private" pricing options ›