Snow conditions | What will the snow be like?

All snow is ungroomed and variable. Powder is more common in July, through mid August. Spring conditions are typical through September. However, the Tasman can get a fresh powder top-up with any winter storm. New Zealand’s temperate maritime climate means conditions change quickly, even over a single day!

Snowboarders | Can I bring my snowboard?

Sorry, no. Ski The Tasman is for skiers only. The terrain down the length of the glacier is not suited to snowboarding. Some traversing is required through the icefall areas, and lower sections of the glacier are not steep enough for easy riding.

Where is Mt Cook Airport ?

We fly from Mount Cook Airport. This is 5 km (3.1 miles) from Mount Cook village. We can provide free return transfers from Mount Cook village, if required.

What kind of aircraft are used?

Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters provide aircraft for Ski The Tasman. We use Pilatus Porters and Cessna 185 aircraft fitted with retractable skis. If landing conditions are not suitable for fixed wing aircraft, AS350 B2 “Squirrel” Helicopters can be used.


  • Pilatus Porter: up to 7 skiers plus guide & pilot

  • Cessna 185: up to 3 skiers plus guide & pilot

  • B2 Squirrel Helicopter: up to 5 skiers plus guide & pilot

Accommodation at Mount Cook

During winter Aoraki/Mt Cook area has fewer visitors and special rates can apply. This quiet alpine village makes a wonderful escape from the busy ski towns.