Backcountry Skiing Course in Mt. Cook National Park
Backcountry Skiing Course in Mt. Cook National Park

Activity Snapshot

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  • Duration
    6 days
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Activity description

Improve your alpine education on this backcountry skiing & mountaineering course in Mt. Cook.

Navigate some of the world’s most extreme backcountry terrain on this 6-day course in Mt. Cook National Park. A landscape renowned for its big faces and powder bowls, the Southern Alps is still an environment to be revered, learn how to read the mountain and stay safe – improving your avalanche awareness and developing your skiing technique.

This activity is run & operated from Mt. Cook Village and travels to the upper Tasman and Murchison area of Mt Cook National Park. The course is based out of remote mountain huts, usually either at the head of the Tasman or Murchison Glaciers. In order to optimise time available, the trip will fly in.

In one of the most remote backcountry locations in the world, relying on your alpine instincts is half the thrill. Learn how to hone your mountaineering skills and develop your skiing ability on this 6-day backcountry course in Mt. Cook National Park. Working with a NZMGA / IFMGA certified guide, you will get to experience some of the world’s best runs – exploring the peaks, big faces, couloirs, and glacial bowls throughout the upper Tasman and Murchison area of Mt Cook National Park. From steep and deep, to long and cruisy, this is New Zealand’s best ski mountaineering playground! As well as the amazing big-mountain lines, guides can help you to develop your technique, taking you to a new personal level of backcountry skiing, avalanche safety, route-finding, and general mountain awareness. The first few days typically involve easier descents, letting your guide assess your technique  and allowing for some instruction. As you progress the focus shifts more to ascents, and big descents – with the choice of a flight or ski out egress at the end.

Accommodation & Catering
A fully catered 6-day course, alpine accommodation is provided on a shared basis Expect to be in the mountains for up to 5 nights of the trip. Some trips may opt to take camping/bivvy gear if the weather forecast and objectives dictate.

This course is designed for strong-intermediate to advanced skiers/snowboarders (ski black and double black ski area runs, in control - with confidence). You should hire your ski touring or backcountry snowboard rig prior to arrival. Please - ALWAYS BUDGET FOR A FLIGHT OUT, even if you want to ski/walk out.

minimum 18 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
strict1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Offer Description

This course runs deep in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and is designed for strong and experienced backcountry skiers and snowboarders. As well as big-mountain lines, develop your technique and general mountain awareness - learning more about avalanche safety & route-finding. 


- Glacier travel and crevasse rescue
- Route finding & terrain analysis
- Navigation
- Emergency shelters
- Avalanche hazard evaluation
- Mountain weather and forecasting
- Hut management

Activity requirements

 Suitable for strong-intermediate to advanced skier/snowboarder (ski black and double black ski area runs, in control - with confidence)

  • Alpine Guides Technical Manual
  • All meals
  • Hut fees
  • National Park fees
  • Local transport
  • Technical Equipment
  • Local Accommodation
  • Aircraft access flight
  • Exit flight costs ($ 230 - 520 NZD p.p)
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Full Kit List on Booking
  • Ski Touring or Backcountry Snowboard Rig
Meeting point
81Bowen Drive, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, 7999, New Zealand Get directions
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