Glacier Ski Mountaineering 5 days


New Zealand's famous West Coast ski touring and mountaineering. 

Beautiful glacier environment!

David, California, USA

Positive ski mountaineering experience and beautiful glacier environment! Great experienced guide in Dan, super professional,  extremely hard working. Food was great and plentiful. 

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There are few places in the world where you can ski on glaciers while looking out over the ocean.  This is a unique place and in the world of backcountry touring, the west coast of New Zealand is incomparable.  This is the perfect introduction or development of ski mountaineering techniques for the high mountains with a range of peaks and terrain from moderate to steep.

Before the trip begins you will receive a complete gear equipment list and we will help you through any questions you might have.   We include all the technical gear required for glacier travel (ie., harness, crampons, ice axe) free of charge.  All you need is your own ski & board touring equipment.  

While the West Coast glaciers are our aim, if weather conditions restrict access to this location, not only do we have our weather contingency day bonus, we offer the widest range of alternative backcountry skiing locations, including the Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring regions and locally our Black Peak & Robrosa private huts.  This is a HUGE advantage if you are wanting to experience true backcountry rather than being restricted to sidecountry options from ski resorts in bad weather.

Available Dates

2018 Dates Status
Aug 5 - 9 Open
Aug 15 - 19 Open
Sept 23 - 27 Open

C= confirmed departure

Are your preferred dates are booked? Don't worry - please contact us and we'll see what we can do.  We can also run private trips - inquire about dates and prices.


Technical Difficulty

Participants need previous experience with backcountry touring.  You will need to be a strong skier/rider in off piste conditions. Some rock climbing or rope experieince is useful.

Physical Difficulty

A good level of fitness is required.  Participants need to be able to travel up steep hills and be strong enough to handle variable conditions.

Price Details

Guide Ratio Price per person
1:2 NZ $3,275


What's Included
  • NZMGA qualified guide
  • all meals and energy snacks
  • all technical gear required for glacier travel ie., crampons, ice axe, harness etc.
  • hut fees
  • air access to mountains
  • bonus weather contingency day.

Not included :

  • Flight out of the mountains
  • Ski or snowboard touring equipment rental not included.  It's not a problem if you don't have your own ski or snowboard touring equipment, this can be rented from a local Wanaka outdoor store.

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Day One

We usually meet at our office in Wanaka at 8:30 in the morning when we do a final check of your equipment and answer any last minute questions.  We drive 3 hours to the small village of Fox where we load the helicopter and relocate to Pioneer Hut (2400m) at the head of the Fox Glacier.  Your guide will instruct you on the safety aspects of glacier skiing.  The journey from the rain forest of the west coast to the world of massive glaciers is one that you will never forget.


Day Two

A chance to explore the area and get a feel on conditions with a ski tour to Pioneer Pass or Grey Peak. Both on the top of the main divide, you have great views all the way down to the eastern side of the mountains.  You will be surrounded by the tallest peaks in New Zealand.  


Day Three

Ski mountaineering skills will be covered and practiced which will allow to safely access more challenging terrain. 


Day Four

A winter ascent of a 3000m peak will be the ultimate objective to put your new skills into practice. Options include Lendenfeld Peak, up close with NZ's highest peaks  Aoraki/ Mount Cook and Mt Tasman,  accessed from Pioneer Hut or a relocation to Centennial Hut for the twin peaked Minarets with its views over the entire length of the Tasman Glacier. 


Day Five

Ski tour to Chancellor Hut.  The longest tour of trip takes you all the way down the Fox Glacier, via the head of the Victoria Glacier and down to the hut ending on a thrilling perch high over the Fox Glacier icefall. The route from Centennial Hut traverses four separate glaciers. Here the helicopter will pick us up and transport us back down to ground level.

NB: Please note that this itinerary is a sample only and the actual itinerary may vary at the discretion of your guide depending on weather, conditions and personal ability.

Backcountry skiing New Zealand

Equipment Details

This video provides practical demonstration of how alpine ski touring (AT) equipment works.

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