MT COOK SPLITBOARD CAMP
5 NIGHTS | 4 DAYS ON SNOW
New Zealand Splitboard Tours
So you got hold of a split board. Wise investment. So the question is where are you going to get the experience to use this gear to its capacity and where are you going to use it?
Our Mt Cook Splitboard Camp is situated in the Liebig Range. There is no other tour that can come close to the experience of skiing or snowboarding in the Liebig Range. The Liebigs sit just east of Mount Cook and the Main Divide. They feature extensive valley systems, with mellow to steep runs across all aspects. They offer great options for touring in nearly all weather and snow conditions. We will have access to thousands of square miles of terrain. The terrain we ride will suit the ability level and pace of our group.
There is a huge amount of terrain that we can access and our guides know how to find whatever it is that you are looking for. We’ll be riding untamed big mountain terrain – usually only visited by heliskiers. The scale, vastness and beauty is awe-inspiring. Our goal is to find the best powder you have ever experienced. There are no groomed runs here, all of the riding is in the backcountry and provided by Mother Nature. We aim to ride untracked snow on every run.
4 Days of Up-skilling
If you’re serious about using that equipment in the environment it was designed for, and progressing your skills, this is the tour for you. You will learn first hand from our guides who are professionals, trained and certified through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association or IFMGA training program. They will show you how to use your equipment with greater efficiency, which becomes very important as you “earn your turns”. You will also be helped to refine your skinning and climbing technique. Learn pro-tips for looking after your skins. Get safety tips for enjoying the terrain safely. Consider this camp as four days of solid up-skilling.
We’ll be able to address all your questions in the field:
Do you know how to use this gear effectively, efficiently and safely? What are the limitations of skins? When do you need crampons? When should you stop and put on crampons? You want to get an appreciation of avalanche awareness? Safe route selection? Safe camping spots? How confident are you in Alpine Survival? Have you got emergency satellite communications? Avalanche transceiver? How to use an ice axe?
And the gear?
We can provide all of the safety gear, and tents, inclusive. We can also provide anything else you need for a very reasonable price. It’s a great opportunity to try out gear, and snow camping/splitting in some awesome terrain.
Below is our itinerary for the tour. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change if weather and conditions are unsuitable.
Welcome to New Zealand. We will meet you at Christchurch Airport and drive to Twizel. Relax and meet the crew in the laid back and scenic lodge. We’ll do a gear check then head to the local pub for dinner.
We will depart our lodge and head to the heli office for a briefing and gear check with our guides. Once we are good to go we will head to the Heli staging area and fly out to our chosen site to set up camp. If weather and time permits we will utilise the helicopters for a quick bump to the ridge for a warm up run back to camp! Once down we will all help in designing and setting up camp, this is a great experience and a good opportunity to learn snow camping techniques from your experienced guides. Once set up we will assess the conditions and possibly get a short tour in before settling in for a hot meal and a well deserved sleep.
September 13 & 14
Each morning we will wake up for breakfast and a hot drink while our guides run us through the plan for the day. Every day will be different and unique and the decisions will be based on snow pack, weather, group dynamics and personal preference. There are opportunities for nice long mellow runs all the way to steep chutes into powder bowls. We will head out on short or extended tours around the area. Once back at the camp we’ll have dinner and turn in for an early night so we’re ready for the following day.
Our final day on the camp we will again start the day and assess the conditions. If the conditions and our tired bodies allow we will head for one final tour in the range. Once an exit strategy with the helicopters has been arranged we will pack down the site and fly out back to Mt Cook village. Here we will debrief with the guides and say goodbye to the beautiful mountains surrounding us before heading back to Twizel for a hot meal at the pub,a cold beverage and a nice warm bed!
After a well deserved sleep grab some breakfast with the crew. Here we can swap details, share photographs and reminisce on the amazing experience we have just been through. We will transfer you back to Christchurch for your return flight.
- 3 nights snow camping in Liebig Range
- 4 days of professional backcountry guiding
- All meals, snacks and water during snow camping
- All transport throughout the tour
- Helicopter flights in and out of the Liebig Range
- Free use of a range of technical backcountry camping equipment
- 2 nights twin share accommodation, Methven
- Mint Tours guide on hand throughout tour
What is a Splitboard Camp
We helicopter in and out from our base, set up a snow-camp and then spend our days touring and riding with our qualified backcountry guides. We are able to maximise our touring time as we can tour with light weight packs.
For anyone new to split boarding it is the perfect introduction. Your guides are on hand throughout the tour to assist if your new to touring.
Campsites are cozy expedition-style tent camps, backed up with snow caves (or a mountain hut). The campsite locations are stunning high-altitude ridge crests. Wake up to fiery sunrises, before skiing/riding untamed big mountain terrain – usually only visited by heliskiers.
The Liebig Range sits just east of Mount Cook and the Main Divide.The Liebigs feature extensive valley systems, with mellow to steep runs across all aspects. They offer great options for touring in nearly all weather and snow conditions.
Some backcountry skiing/ snowboarding experience is preferred, but not essential.
You must be:
- Strong intermediate (or better) skier/snowboarder
- Prepared to ski/ride in alpine terrain with a small backpack
- A high level of aerobic fitness
Our low instructor/participant ratio allows us to accommodate a range of experience levels. Our guest to guide ratio is typically 3 guests per guide.
Free of charge:
+ Avalanche beacon
+ Shovel & probe
Available to rent:
+ Sleeping bag
+ Backpack 55L capacity
+ Waterproof shell rain jacket
+ Waterproof pants
+ Insulation jacket
+ Ski touring boots
+ Touring skis, skins & poles
+ Snowshoes & poles
A detailed personal equipment list will be provided to you.
$500 deposit required to secure booking with balance payable 60 days prior to departure. All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and are subject to availability at time of booking. Tour itinerary is subject to change.