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Ski tourers on the Aida Glacier
Ski our vast wilderness
Explore New Zealand's best glacier ski touring terrain
First tracks on the ski descent from Classen Saddle
Remote and untracked
Escape the crowds and enjoy earning your turns
Skiing off the summit of Sydney King
Ski from the summit
Immerse yourself in the depths of the Southern Alps
Ski mountaineers on the summit of Mt. Acland
Stunning Mountain Scenery
Ski mountaineers admire the view of the Godley Lakes from the summit of Mt. Acland
Ski tourers skinning through crevasses on the Mannering Glacier
Experienced IFMGA / NZMGA ski guides
Stay safe and enjoy a unique ski mountaineering holiday
Skiing the Mannering Glacier in fresh powder
Enjoy a stress-free holiday!
Let us take care of the planning and preparation
Skinning up the Aida Glacier towards Mt. Acland nad Mt. Richmond
Explore new terrain
Let your guide do the work and find the best snow!
Murchison Glacier tent camp
Room with a view
Our tent camp is well situated to access the best ski touring terrain

Murchison Glacier Ski & Split-board Expedition

New Zealand's best glacier ski and split-board touring destination!

Escape the crowds of the busy Tasman Glacier and explore the Murchison with it's many surrounding tributary glaciers and peaks.

Since the closure of Murchison Hut in 2017, the Murchison Glacier is now far less frequented by alpine touring groups and is off-limits to heli-skiers. While still accessible from Kelman and Tasman Saddle Huts, there is only so far hut-based groups can go in a day. Alpine Recreation's exclusive tent camp provides a unique alternative to crowded public huts and is well positioned for adventurous groups to experience the best ski mountaineering terrain in the area.

There are a wide variety of glacier ski runs suitable for skiers and snow boarders who have recently taken up touring, through to experienced ski mountaineers and split-boarders looking for steep and committing lines. There are numerous options for skiable summits, including Mt. Sydney King, Mt. Acland and Mt. Phyllis - the views down to the remote Godley Lakes are spectacular!

Learn valuable winter camping and expedition skills for future tent-based adventures. Our experienced IFMGA / NZMGA mountain guides will teach you how to set up a comfortable camp and stay warm and dry. Alpine Recreation provides quality equipment for an unforgettable mountain camping experience.

"The trip was amazing - a great venue and wonderful terrain to ski! New Zealand is a truly special place. I am extremely impressed with your operation - the trip was VERY well organized, executed, and was very well-tailored to all of our needs, abilities, interests etc. The guide was PHENOMENAL! He did a great job of balancing safety, while finding the best possible skiing objectives available.....all while dealing with people of differing abilities and experience. He also provided excellent educational training (both theory and practical) on avalanche and mountain safety. Moreover, he inspired everyone to push themselves physically and mentally (within safety limits of course) to have some epic days." - D. Rasher, USA.




Alpine Recreation provides alpine touring skis, poles, skins, ski crampons, avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes. Mountaineering equipment including boot crampons, ice axe, harness and helmet are also provided. Ski tourers need to bring their own alpine ski touring boots. Snow boarders will need to bring their own split-board setup, including split-board skins and crampons. Outdoor clothing and packs can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary.

All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Murchison Glacier Ski & Split-board Expedition - Clothing & Equipment list