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Symphony on Skis - West Hoe Pass
Four major glaciers and passes
Enjoying the view of Mount Tasman and the Fox Glacier from West Hoe Pass
Symphony on Skis - Tasman Saddle
Mountaineering terrain
Crossing Tasman Saddle after ascending the Murchison Headwall
Symphony on Skis - sunset from Kelman Hut
Big days out
Sunset over Tasman Glacier
Symphony on Skis - Rudolf Glacier &  Graham Saddle
Rudolf Glacier
Skinning up to Graham Saddle
Symphony on Skis - moon rise over the Southern Alps
An epic trans-alpine adventure
Moon rise over the Southern Alps

Symphony on Skis

New Zealand's ultimate trans-alpine backcountry ski tour!

Linking together New Zealand's 4 main glaciers and traversing the Southern Alps from east to west, the "Symphony on Skis" is New Zealand's ultimate mulit-day trans-alpine ski tour.

"The Symphony" starts in the Godley Valley at the head of Lake Tekapo and finishes at Fox Glacier on the West Coast. Covering 47km with 4100m/3800m of vertical ascent/decent this is a challenging adventure through New Zealand's most spectacular ski touring terrain and should be on every experienced ski tourer's bucket list!

Symphony on Skis - Ski Mountaineering in the Southern Alps - article by Thomas MacTavish, 2012.


Scheduled dates


The Symphony on Skis dates are scheduled on a case by case basis - please contact us with the dates you would like. We recommend that you settle guiding dates well in advance as guide availability during peak season is limited. Please allow extra time in case you are held up in the mountains due to weather.



Due to the technical nature of this trip, it is strongly advised that you invest in your own ski touring equipment (and get plenty of practice using it!). Alpine Recreation can provide alpine touring skis, poles, skins, avalanche transceivers, shovels, and crampons. You need to bring your own alpine ski touring boots. Outdoor clothing, packs and boots 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.

General Ski Touring Clothing & Equipment list