how and when

When does Ski The Tasman operate?

EVERY FINE DAY FROM 1 JULY TO 30 SEPTEMBER.

Conditions are colder and we get more 'powder' days through July to mid-August. September offers great corn which is perfect for first-time off-piste skiers.

What skiing ability level is required?

Intermediate level skiers, able to ski “blue“ runs at ski areas can Ski the Tasman. A moderate level of fitness is required. The runs are not difficult and the terrain varies between open snowfields, deep bowls, and ‘canyons’ between seracs.

Side adventures to visit amazing ice caves and natural ice features are a highlight of the trip.

What are the group sizes?

Small. We guide small groups of 2 to 7 skiers. Your party is always accompanied by a professional mountain/ski guide.

Skis, Equipment, and Rental Gear

Special gear is not required for Ski The Tasman. Dress in what you normally take to a ski area, but remember it will be colder at the altitudes we operate.

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How long does Ski The Tasman take?

First flights on to the glacier depart at 09:30 am in July and around 09:30 am in August and September. Skiers should be back at Mount Cook Airport between 15:30 to 16:00.

A STANDARD DAY - ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE:

  • 07:00 - Weather and conditions check by guides

  • 08:15 - Registration and payment opens - check in by at 08:30 at Alpine Guides base or at 08:45 at Mt Cook Airport if driving in.

  • 09:00 - Rental ski gear organised.

  • 09:15 - 10:00 - Each group is given a safety briefing and issued with avalanche transceivers. First aircraft depart for the glacier

  • 13:00 - Lunch

  • 15:00 - First aircraft return to Mount Cook AirportHow Long are the Runs?

Very long! Run length varies with the amount of snow cover. The average is 8 km (5 miles) , and up to 10 km (6.2 miles) when snow cover is at its greatest extent. See the terrain map for more details →

Guest Safety and Equipment 

Guest safety is our priority and in every decision we make in the mountains assumes safety above all else.

Although the chance of an avalanche on the Tasman is very remote, all guests and guides wear an avalanche transceiver. Guides also carry a radio and a rescue pack.

All guests (regardless of experience) will receive a safety briefing from their guide - including how to use an avalanche transceiver - before boarding the first aircraft flight of the day.

Our guides are trained in emergency first aid, mountain survival, and rescue.

PLEASE BRING:

  • Skis: We recommend skis with 90mm width under foot

  • Ski goggles or quality sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen

  • A small backpack. This is useful for carrying water, sunscreen, and a spare pair of gloves

  • Your camera. This is something you don't want to miss.

  • Helmets are optional - there are no rocks!

RENTAL GEAR

Alpine Guides rents powder skis of various makes, models, and sizes, ideal for snow conditions on the glacier. 

Boot sizes range from approximately Euro size 33 through to 48.

We will fit hire skis after morning registration. You don't need to arrange fitting earlier.

RENTAL RATES 2019

Skis: NZ$50/day
Skis, boots, and poles: NZ$75/day

BRINGING YOUR OWN GEAR

Good skiers with off-piste experience can bring their own equipment - downhill, AT, or telemark skis. If you are renting skis elsewhere, please make sure they are well waxed.