Ski the Tasman Glacier Tour
Ski the Tasman is a phenomenal scenic tour of the Tasman Glacier by plane and on skis. This is a must-do activity!
One of the world’s most famous glacier skiing experiences is the Vallée Blanche near Chamonix
in France. This off-piste route is renowned for being able to ski past huge seracs (towers of ice), ice caves and spectacular crevasses.
Equally spectacular but relatively unknown is the Tasman Glacier near Mount Cook
, the longest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere. And the huge advantage that the Tasman has over Vallée Blanche is that you don’t have to share the glory of the glacier with the crowds, but just a handful of other skiers and a guide. And rather than a gnarly double black diamond walk to get to the glacier, the Tasman glacier is conveniently accessed by a plane.
The Ski the Tasman tours offer a completely unique opportunity to go plane skiing, an activity definitely worthy of bragging rights. A fixed wing aircraft is used to land on the Tasman Glacier for two super long ski runs. The skiing is only one part of the experience with the scenic flights, and the grandeur of the majestic Tasman Glacier being the main event.
Ski the Tasman Glacier Packages
MT COOK SKI PLANE GLACIER SKIING
2 massive runs of 8 - 10 km each!
From price based on 2-run day (per person).
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Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
A Ski the Tasman odyssey should definitely be on your bucket list! The inimitable opportunity to go plane skiing on a glacier with two million years of history is an activity not to be missed. This is without doubt one of the most incredible experiences you will ever have!!! More
- NZ’s 2 longest ski runs - 8 to 10 km long
- 3 scenic ski plane flights with snow landings
- Professional mountain guide services
- A delicious picnic lunch on the snow
- Safety equipment, including avalanche transceivers
Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Jul 01 - Sep 30, 2016
Where is the Ski the Tasman Tour?
The Tasman Glacier is in the heart of the Southern Alps in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The plane trips depart from the Mount Cook airport which is 5km (3.1 miles) from the Mt Cook village
Ski the Tasman is operated by Alpine Guides and their shop and office is located in the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre at The Hermitage, Mt Cook Village. They provide free return transfers from Mount Cook village to the airport if required.
Mount Cook Village is 55km from the Lake Pukaki turn-off between Christchurch and Queenstown, and about one hour from Lake Tekapo
. The Mt Cook village is approximately 3 hours drive north of Queenstown
, and 3.5 hours south of Christchurch New Zealand.
Ski Ability and Terrain
The ski tour consists of two runs on the Tasman Glacier amidst the highest peaks of New Zealand.
The terrain is not particularly steep and most of it is on wide open slopes, so it’s appropriate for intermediate skiers and above. The terrain is all off-piste with no grooming (except for that performed by Mother Nature) but with fat skis, if you can ski a blue run at a ski resort then you’ll be fine even if the powder is knee deep.
The ski runs are long (8-10km) with up to a thousand metre vertical drop, and the skiing is at a very relaxed pace to allow plenty of time to absorb the wilderness. Part of the experience includes exploration of the Darwin Icefall and the Canyons Land area that feature ice formations and caverns. Due to the degree of traversing required at times, snowboarders are not able to go on the tour. It’s called “Ski the Tasman” for good reason!
Like any New Zealand skiing
, some flexibility in your itinerary may be required. Ski the Tasman is only able to operate in fine weather with good visibility and light to moderate winds. On average they are able to operate a few days per week. And occasionally when the snow conditions are not ideal for the plane to land on the glacier, they use a helicopter instead.
Why Ski the Tasman?
Ski the Tasman is guided by Alpine Guides, a reputable company who are veterans of the mountain guiding and heli skiing business at Mt Cook. The region around Aoraki “the cloud piercer” is big mountain territory, so it’s good to be in the hands of experienced professionals.
A Ski the Tasman odyssey should definitely be on your bucket list. The inimitable opportunity to go plane skiing on a glacier with two million years of history is an activity not to be missed. Take a spare battery and memory card for your digital camera, because you’re guaranteed to get very snap happy with all that eye candy.
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Here is a little teaser from our day with Alpine Guides on the Tasman Glacier.....