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The Two Thumb Range offers a range of terrain to suit beginner to advanced nordic skiers
Great nordic terrain
Cruising gentle slopes near Mount Gerald
Nordic skiing in the Lake Tekapo High Country
Winter wonderland
An early start is rewarded by fresh snow
Nordic skiing in the Lake Tekapo High Country
Equipment provided
Relax and enjoy your nordic ski touring holiday
Telemark skiing in the Two Thumb Range above Lake Tekapo
Tele turns above Tekapo
Professional ski guides will teach you technique
Rex Simpson Hut is a great base for nordic ski touring in the Two Thumb Range
Rex Simpson Hut
A warm alpine haven with great views over Lake Tekapo

Nordic/Cross-country Backcountry Ski Touring

Lake Tekapo High Country

If you can walk, you can ski nordic! Cross-country skiing is recognised as being one of the healthiest forms of exercise there are, giving a total body workout with both arm and leg stretching, breathing in clean mountain air and taking in beautiful scenery on the way. Add to that the fun of the rewarding downhill and some cosy relaxation by the fire at night and you have the ideal holiday.

This is remote backcountry skiing at its best, in a white wilderness all to yourself. Based at our comfortable Rex Simpson Hut high above Lake Tekapo, you undertake day tours in the rolling basins of the Two Thumb Range. Off the Main Divide of the Southern Alps the Two Thumb Range has very favourable weather conditions, providing a choice of terrain for either easy to moderate cross-country skiing and Telemark touring or alpine touring on the steeper slopes. You can cruise over rolling hills and explore snow-filled valleys, or take an easy ascent to access ideal terrain for carving Telemark turns. Tuition will be given as required. All Telemark touring equipment is included, as well as shovels, probes and transceivers.

We recommend a minimum of 3 days if you are trying nordic skiing for the first time, and ideally 5 days is best to give yourself a chance to learn and practise the Telemark turn. Weekends will provide a refreshing break for those with limited time.

Article about Nordic Ski Touring in the Lake Tekapo High Country.

" We got exactly what we wanted and more. Kids loved it. It is a very good parent-child bonding experience. " - F. Badessich, Argentina.




We can provide nordic skis, nordic boots, skins, poles, safety equipmentl and any other equipment you might need.

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.

Nordic Ski Touring Clothing & Equipment list