Ski touring, a late Winter and Spring Alpinism activity

Enjoy back country skiing, ski touring and snowboard touring in the mountains of New Zealand with Gary Dickson, IFMGA/NZMGA mountain and ski guide.

About our guided back country ski/snowboard touring

During August, September, October and depending on conditions even into November, Alpinism and Ski offer week long ski touring adventures into the high alpine world of Mt Cook or Westland National Parks.

With the bitterly cold months of mid winter gone, enjoy longer spring days, warm sun and brilliant 'corn' snow on sunny and powder snow in shady aspects. Experience the wilderness and grandeur of the Southern Alps with a week long ski touring trip into the high alpine neves.


Pre-requisites for our ski touring adventures in NZ

If you are a strong intermediate skier, get around all the runs on your favorite ski field, got yourself reasonably fit over the winter and have a sense of adventure plus a desire for winter wilderness, then this is the sport for you. ‘Fat’ touring skis have made a huge difference for people going backcountry and help with balance and skiing ability in 'off piste' conditions. For snow boarders, with a split board you too can experience the magic of the alpine backcountry.

Logistics: all trips are fly in and fly out

NZ $ pp
incl. GST*

  1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people
6 days





7 days






(New Zealand's goods and service tax of 15 %)
Length of trip: 6 - 7 days
Difficulty strong intermediate
Season: late winter/spring, August, Sept.-Nov.
Price Includes: Guide fee for 6/7 days, hut fees, transport Wanaka-Mt Cook village or Fox glacier return, accommodation during trip days, high quality food, party technical equipment e.g. rope, stove, fuel etc.
Price doesn't include: Personal clothing and equipment, flights in and out of mountains, personal rental equipment. The flight cost varies depending on flying conditions and loadings of the day. More about flights and please ask us for details

2020 Spring ski touring in the Southern Alps of NZ is happening

email or call for any help to organise your very own ski touring adventures this spring


Watch our ski touring video on youtube

and another one here


All ski touring trips in NZ with Gary Dickson, IFMGA/NZMGA mountain guide, are now in collaboration with

Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd.

Bookings will go through their office and will be subject to their booking conditions. Trips with Gary will be run as per AGL's concession and safety management system requirements.

Pre-trip information and discussions are available from us anytime.

Check out some ski touring photos here

Ski Touring Clients say

"Thanks so much for your guidance, your management of my safety...It was outstanding fun. You were the ultimate professional and I never felt my safety compromised for a moment. Coupled with that (and this is always the hard part) I also never felt that my enjoyment and freedom was unnecessarily curtailed by your safety requirements"
Bill Day, Wanaka

"I would like to thank you both again for looking after me while I was there. You did a great job because I had a great time...".
Mick from Oz, after his third trip with Alpinism & Ski Wanaka

Ski touring Images

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Guiding Qualifications

To become an internationally fully qualified mountain guide takes approximately 5 years of training and assessment. Kiwi guides are trained and assessed through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association (NZMGA) which is overseen by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA).



Alpinism & Ski Ltd, Wanaka, New Zealand :: Ph 027 229 5534 :: e-mail: info@alpinismski.co.nz