A great option for experienced ski tourers
Skiing fresh powder in Upper Tin Hut Stream
A ski tourer's playground
Professional ski guides will look after you
Looking across to Aoraki / Mt. Cook from Ailsa Pass
Skiing from the hut door!
A cosy alpine retreat
Liebig Range Backcountry Ski Touring
Backcountry ski touring in the ranges north-east of Lake Tekapo
The Liebig Range near Lake Tekapo is an exciting new backcountry skiing venue in the middle of an impressive landscape with a good variety of terrain. The mountain range is just east of the main Southern Alps and from the tops provides stunning views of Aoraki / Mount Cook and many more of New Zealand's 3000m peaks. Being close to the Main Divide, this area receives regular snow fall and has great skiing.
Add in a cosy, heated hut and you have the recipe for a great backcountry holiday!
|returning client discount (on individual bookings), if you have been on an Alpine Recreation trip before.|
|Group Booking Discounts (NZ$ per person)|
|Group booking of 3|
|Group booking of 4|
|A per person surcharge of NZ will apply to all prices on New Zealand public holidays.|
- IFMGA/NZMGA certified mountain and ski guide
- Department of Conservation licence fees
- Heated hut accommodation
- Local accommodation for any nights required during the trip
- ALL meals (including snacks & energy bars) for the duration of the trip
- ALL avalanche safety and ski mountaineering equipment (with the exception of ski boots)
Meals and accommodation before/after the trip are NOT included.
+Minimum & Maximum Numbers
A minimum number of 2 participants is required to run this trip. If you end up being the only person booked on the trip, you will be offered the choice of:
- paying an additional fee of NZ
- rescheduling to another trip/date
- a full refund
The maximum number of participants per guide is 4. The maximum group size is 4.
Take advantage of our group booking discounts and get a group of family and friends together. The amount of discount you will be eligible for will depend on the group size - the more people you book, the more your discount will be! If our scheduled dates don't suit your group's travel plans, please contact us as we can reschedule a trip to suit (subject to guide availability).
Please note that group bookings are not private bookings - if you wish to keep your group closed (ie. you have a private guide just for your group), a surcharge will apply. Alterntatively you can book a group of 4 (which will ensure there are no others in your group).
+Aircraft Access & 4WD Transport
To maximize your skiing time, we recommend flying both in and out of Lady Emily Hut. Alternatively a 4WD pick up can be arranged for NZ$200 per group (subject to low river levels).
Liebig Range Backcountry Ski Tours are based at either Lady Emily Hut or Falcon's Nest Hut.
Green : Minimum reached - guaranteed departure.
Orange : Only 4 or fewer places available.
Red : No availability.
* New Zealand public holidays incur a surcharge of NZ per person per holiday.
Venues: Lady Emily Hut & Falcon's Nest
Lady Emily Hut & Falcon's Nest
Both huts sit at an altitude of 1500m in the Liebig Range, with Lady Emily overlooking the upper Cass Valley and Falcon's Nest tucked into the fork of Upper Tin Hut Stream. They are located in a beautiful setting, with great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, providing a fantastic location for star gazing - the Mackenzie District is renowned for the clarity of its sky and freedom from light pollution, which is why the area was recently designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve.
Both huts are privately owned and were built by Glenmore Station. They are an ideal base for backcountry skiing with ready access to a range of slopes suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers.
4WD or helicopter access is required. The huts can be reached in 2 hours' walking from the vehicle and are located in a beautiful setting, with great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Warm & cosy
The huts are equipped with firewood, gas, bunks, pillows and mattresses. A wood-fired stove means there are good heating and drying facilities.
Lady Emily consists of two rooms, one room sleeping up to 4 and a second sleeping 6. The 4 bunk room has a large wood burner with heat overflow warming the 6 bunk room. Falcon's Nest consists of 1 large room with 8 bunks and a log burner. There are no showers and the toilet is a traditional longdrop loo.
Ski Touring Fitness & Experience
A high level of fitness is required. Participants need to carry a pack of about 8 kg plus their skis for 1.5 hours to the hut (500 vertical metres). On subsequent days packs will be light, but participants will be doing the equivalent of a six-hour walk/climb.
The Liebig Range is suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers. Guides will give instruction on downhill technique as needed. If you have little or no off-piste skiing experience, we recommend spending 1-2 days before the tour with our private ski instructor at one of our local ski fields (Mt. Dobson, Roundhill or Ohau).
Previous backcountry ski touring experience is recommended. Previous tramping or hiking experience is essential.
8:30am gear check at Alpine Recreation's Edelweiss Lodge, 8 Erebus Place, Lake Tekapo. We'll be carrying a moderate pack, including sleeping bag and group food. Cooking equipment is at the hut.
Option to fly in to Lady Emily Hut with Tekapo Helicopters. Head up valley for an afternoon backcountry ski tour.
Alternatively, if taking the 4WD option, from Lake Tekapo township we drive along the western shores of Lake Tekapo and cross Glenmore Station. A 2 hour 4WD journey takes us up the Cass Valley to Memorial Hut at 1100m. From here, it's a very steep 1.5 hour climb up out of the valley to Lady Emily Hut at 1500m.
Relax with a hot drink beside the wood stove as your guide prepares a tasty dinner.
Based at Lady Emily Hut, we will climb the peaks and ridges nearby, with a variety of tour options available, depending on your energy levels. Great views of the Southern Alps from the upper ridges.
Return to Lake Tekapo via a steep walk down to Memorial Hut and 4WD out the Cass Valley, arriving back around 5-6pm.
Alternatively, if flying out, there is time for a longer morning ski tour.
Alpine Recreation provides alpine touring skis, poles, skins, avalanche transceivers, shovels and crampons. You need to bring your own alpine ski touring boots. A detailed equipment list will be sent at time of booking. Outdoor clothing and packs can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary