Guidebook

3 Big Mountain Ski Tours from the Tasmin Saddle Hut

A great little warmup route and then 2 lines on the most northerly New Zealand 3000er - welcome to the Tasmin Saddle!

Description

Even by the standards of New Zealand, the Tasmin Saddle Hut is in a wild spot - it's remote and surrounded by huge, sprawling glaciers and formidable looking peaks. The hut is approached by helicopter (unless you really want to deal with the multi-day beast of a walk in) so you can take in plenty of supplies and live well once you arrive.

This guidebook contains a lovely, mellow (all things being relative - you're still on a glacier in New Zealand, after all) tour up and over the Hochstetter Dome, and then 2 routes on Mount Elie de Beaumont. The first route described is the Anna Glacier route, which is a popular summer mountaineering objective. The route takes you through some of the complex glaciated terrain for which the Southern Alps are so famous and is undeniably serious. However, if it still isn't serious enough for you, the second route on Mount Elie de Beaumont - the West face - is likely to satisfy even the most hardcore of skiers. Even being on the western side of the peak is serious, and the skiing is pretty intense too. If you tick that one, you'll have earned a few beers when the helicopter drops you back in civilisation!

Here are 5 more of our favourite tours in the South Island once you've had a few days of comfort in the valley and are ready to return to action!

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Mt. Elie de Beaumont via the Anna Glacier
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mt. Elie de Beaumont via the Anna Glacier

Mount Cook
4 - 5 hrs
9.1 km
1,080 m
1,080 m
59 °
The northernmost of the Southern Alps' 3000m peaks
Severe
Private
Mt. Elie de Beaumont West Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mt. Elie de Beaumont West Face

Mount Cook
6 - 7 hrs
10.0 km
1,543 m
1,543 m
60 °
A beautiful and wild roundtrip over to the west side and back again
Severe
Private
Hochstetter Dome Traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hochstetter Dome Traverse

Mount Cook
2 - 3 hrs
3.9 km
549 m
521 m
44 °
A great introductory ski tour on the Tasmin Glacier's friendliest peak.
Moderate
Private