- Sport levelIntermediate
- Spoken languagesEnglish
- Durationfull day
- Opening seasons:
Make your mark on Mt. Cook on this snow plane & backcountry skiing adventure.
Enjoy the solitude and scenery of Mt. Cook/Aoraki on this two-run backcountry skiing excursion. Experience some of New Zealand’s longest runs in total privacy – visiting parts of the park only accessible by snow plane, discovering pure powder, unique ski-throughs and wide sloping glaciers in the crown of the Southern Alps.
This activity is run & operated from Mt. Cook/Aoraki airport and travels into the national park via snow plane. Reaching the Tasman Glacier, this two-run package includes an 8km & 10km run on unpisted, varying terrain.
Meet your guide at the airbase in Mt. Cook for this full-day snow plane & backcountry ski adventure in Mt. Cook National Park. Travelling to the infamous Tasman Glacier (NZ largest), groups will have the chance to appreciate the area’s true scale from the sky – and then enjoy to alpine runs in the heart of the park. Starting off with a quick kit check and safety breakdown, you will set off from the airbase and travel over the Southern Alps – performing a snow landing on the glacier. Following a lead guide, experience an 8km unpisted run suitable for intermediate skiers - varying between open snowfields, deep bowls, and ‘canyons’ between seracs. Stopping for a wild picnic on the glacier, your pilot will circle round to pick you up – reaching a higher altitude for the ultimate 10km run. Side adventures to visit amazing ice caves and natural ice features like Darwin Icefall are a highlight of the trip. Once you reach your final destination, there is one last snow plane flight to take you back to Mt. Cook Airport where your adventure will end.
The ski runs are long (8-10km) with up to a thousand-metre vertical drop, and the skiing is at a very relaxed pace to allow plenty of time to absorb the wilderness. Due to the degree of traversing required at times, snowboarders are not permitted on this tour.
→ 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
All snow is ungroomed and variable. Powder is more common in July, through mid August. Spring conditions are typical through September. However, the Tasman can get a fresh powder top-up with any winter storm. New Zealand’s temperate climate means conditions change quickly, even over a single day!Itinerary
07:00 Weather and conditions check by guides
08:15 Registration and payment opens - check in by 08:45 at Mt Cook Airport
09:00 Rental ski gear organised.
09:15 - 10:00 Each group is given a safety briefing and issued with avalanche transceivers. First aircraft depart for the glacier
15:00 First aircraft return to Mount Cook Airport
The minimum age is 10 years, and is dependent on the child's ability. Supervising adults must be prepared to ski at the pace of their children.Special terms
This activity is for skiers only. The terrain down the length of the glacier is not suited to snowboarding. Some traversing is required through the icefall areas, and lower sections of the glacier are not steep enough for easy riding.
- 3 scenic flights with snow landings
- Professional mountain guide services
- Picnic Lunch
- Safety equipment, including avalanche transceivers
- Free return airport transfers
- Ski Rental $50
- Ski/Boot/Pole Rental $75
- Powder Skis (90mm width)
- Small Backpack
- Alpine Outerwear
- Goggles & Sunglasses