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Ski Touring - Gamack Range
Gamack Ranges
Great options for experienced ski tourers
Enjoying fresh powder in Upper Tin Hut Stream
First tracks
Enjoying fresh powder in Upper Tin Hut Stream
Ski Touring Gamack Range - Velvet Chutes
Great terrain and snow
A ski tourer's playground
Ski Touring Gamack Range - Mt. Jukes
Explore new terrain
Professional ski guides will look after you
Ski Touring Gamack Range - Ailsa Pass
Stunning views
Looking across to Aoraki / Mt. Cook from Ailsa Pass
Ski Touring Gamack Range - Falcon's Nest Hut
Falcon's Nest Hut
Skiing from the hut door!
Ski Touring Gamack Range - Lady Emily Hut
Lady Emily Hut
A cosy alpine retreat

Ski & Split-board Touring - Gamack Range

Backcountry ski/splitboard the ranges north-west of Lake Tekapo

The Cass Valley and Gamack Range near Lake Tekapo is an exciting backcountry skiing & split-boarding venue in the middle of an impressive landscape with a good variety of terrain. The mountain range is just east of the main Southern Alps and from the tops provides stunning views of Aoraki / Mount Cook and many more of New Zealand's 3000m peaks. Being close to the Main Divide, this area receives regular snow fall and has great skiing for intermediate to expert ski / split-board tourers.

Add in a cosy, heated hut and you have the recipe for a great backcountry holiday! The huts are provided by Glenmore Station. Will and Emily Murray, the station owners, are great ski enthusiasts and have built the huts in their favourite backcountry locations. The huts are very well sited to provide diverse backcountry experiences from each hut. Ski / split-board tours on a variety of aspects are possible from all huts, but each location has its own character. And have we mentioned whiskey? Part of the attraction of visiting Lady Emily and Falcon's Nest is the "world's highest whiskey bar (hut)". Order your own bottle and then work for it to enjoy a dram with your friends.

AND - there is more. Once a year, in mid September, we offer the opportunity to ski between the huts: The Alpine Recreation Gamack Range Ski Traverse. If you have been to the Cass Valley huts before, then you might have thought that it would be fantastic to link them all - or maybe just 2 of them. Are you up for the challenge?




Alpine Recreation provides alpine touring skis, poles, skins, avalanche transceivers, shovels and crampons. You need to bring your own alpine ski touring boots. Outdoor clothing and packs can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary

Ski Touring - Gamack Range Clothing & Equipment list