Ski Mountaineering

Alpine Guides Ski Mountaineering program is an adventure week for big mountain ski descents, among the incredible glaciated peaks of the Southern Alps.

The 6-day trip runs deep in the mountains of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, at the confluence of the Tasman and Murchison Glaciers.

This trip is designed for strong and experienced backcountry skiers and riders. Our expert IFMGA/NZMGA guides will take you on epic descents, while instructing in safe technique and technical skills along the way, if required.

Big Descents

Ski Mountaineering is about big mountain skiing objectives, from the peaks, big faces, couloirs, and glacial bowls throughout the upper Tasman and Murchison area of Mt Cook National Park.

The ski options are endless from our base at Tasman Saddle; from steep and deep, to long and cruisy. We tailor each trip based on the strength of the party and snow conditions at the time.

Instruction topics we can include:

  • Avalanche hazard evaluation

  • Mountain weather & forecasting

  • Route selection and crevasse rescue

  • Emergency shelters

Experience required:

  • High level of aerobic fitness

  • Experienced to advanced skiers