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Ski & Splitboard Overview

Ski & board the best terrain New Zealand has to offer!

Alpine Recreation offers ski touring and splitboarding trips and backcountry instruction courses in New Zealand's most spectacular winter wilderness locations. With two private, heated huts and a choice of many other venues, Alpine Recreation provides a wide range of touring options to cater for various ski and boarding abilities, fitness levels and personal objectives.

The glaciers in the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks offer New Zealand's most spectacular alpine ski touring/split-boarding and ski mountaineering terrain with multiple hut-based day trips and hut-to-hut options for experienced tourers. Our "Symphony on Skis" links all four of these major glaciers into one epic hut-to-hut expedition!

Come and explore New Zealand's winter playground, enjoy the warmth and ambience of one of our private mountain huts and the peace of mind of being guided by our enthusiastic and experienced IFMGA and NZMGA ski touring guides.

"Your company's history and then execution I would say is impossible for a competitor to replicate. You guys have an exceptional offer. When I think of continual improvement in my business there is so much I want to do, but I think with Alpine Recreation you will have to be careful to try and retain the current experience. Better may destroy the experience. But really there is nothing you could have done to improve things for me."
- D. Mansell, New Zealand.

Nordic/Cross-country Ski Touring

Nordic and cross-country skiing Two Thumb Range

Lake Tekapo High Country


If you can walk you can ski nordic! Experience the peaceful wilderness location, stunning views and warm cosy hut.

→ 3-5 days
→ Based at our heated private hut
→ Suitable for all abilities

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Alpine/Splitboard Touring

Two Thumb Range Ski Touring

Two Thumb Range


Stunning views and everything from mellow valley runs to steep chutes make this a great option for all abilities.

→ 3-5 days
→ 1:6 guide:client ratio (max)
→ Based at our heated private hut

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Liebig Range ski touring

Liebig & Gamack Ranges


Big mountain terrain and steep skiing for advanced to expert skiers. The 4WD access adds to the adventure!

→ 4 days
→ 1:4 guide:client ratio (max)
→ Heated hut

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Glacier Touring & Ski Mountaineering

New Zealand Glacier Ski Touring & Ski Mountaineering

Mount Cook & Westland Glaciers


NZ's highest skiing terrain - an amazing experience for intermediate to advanced ski tourers to explore our vast glaciers.

→ 5+ days
→ 1:4 guide:client ratio (max)
→ Ski mountaineering options

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She's on Skis Glacier Ski Touring

She's on Skis - Glacier Ski Touring


A week ski touring and exploring on New Zealand's stunning glaciers - a girls-only group, guided by two of NZ's select few female ski guides.

→ 5+ days
→ 1:4 guide:client ratio (max)
→ All female group with female guides

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Caroline Hut Ski Expedition

Mount Cook Range


Spectacular views of Mt. Cook, steep descents and exposed terrain make this is an excellent adventure for expert skiers.

→ 3 days
→ 1:4 guide:client ratio (max)
→ Based at our heated private hut

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Instruction Courses

Backcountry Ski Course

Backcountry Ski Course


Explore new terrain and learn backcountry skiing skills with enthusiastic, qualified instructors in a spectacular location!

→ 5 days
→ Based at our heated private hut
→ Pre-course ski instruction option

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Backcountry Avalanche Course

Backcountry Avalanche Course


Learn the technical skills required to travel safely in avalanche terrain and perform a companion rescue.

→ 5 days
→ Based at our heated private hut
→ MSC accredited

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Ski Traverses & Backcountry Expeditions

Murchison Glacier Ski & Split-board Expedition

Murchison Glacier Ski & Split-board Expedition


Ski / split-board New Zealand's best glaciated touring terrain and learn valuable snow camping skills for future adventures.

→ 6-7 days
→ 1:4 guide:client ratio
→ Murchison Glacier tent camp

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Sealy Range Traverse

Sealy Range Ski Traverse


A high level ski mountaineering traverse with stunning views and steep terrain. Crosses 4 glaciers.

→ 4-5 days
→ 1:4 guide:client ratio
→ Barron Saddle & Mueller Huts

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Symphony on Skis

Symphony on Skis


NZ's ultimate ski tour traverses the Southern Alps via our 4 main glaciers and is on every experienced ski tourer's bucket list!

→ 7 days
→ 1:1 or 1:2 guide:client ratio
→ Ski mountaineering

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Haute Route Ski Traverse

Haute Route Ski Traverse


This famous ski traverse crosses the European Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt. Please contact us to arrange your expedition (European winter season only).

→ 7+ days
→ 1:4 guide:client ratio (max)
→ ski mountaineering with 4000m peak options

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Fox Peak to Roundhill Traverse

Custom Ski Expeditions


We can arrange custom ski touring expeditions on request. Please contact us.

→ Fox Peak to Roundhill Traverse
→ Sealy Range Traverse
→ Liebig Range Traverse