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Alpine Guides, Mt Cook New Zealand

Alpine Guides professional IFMGA/NZMGA mountain guides are based year-round in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and work throughout the Southern Alps.

Winter 2015 ski touring, courses, and guiding

Our winter program begins in July. If you like your powder dry, or have a hankering for steep water ice, this is your time to get into the mountains. We also run the best Backcountry Avalanche safety course in NZ, crucial learning for your unguided backcountry adventure.

Summer - October 2015 to April 2016

Summer (late October to April) is the best time for for learning mountaineering skills on our our climbing instruction school.

This is also when the big peaks of the Southern Alps are in best condition.

Bookings for Aoraki Mount Cook are picking up - and we are already fully booked through some periods.

Guiding the Southern Alps Since 1966

Alpine Guides (a.k.a. AGL) is New Zealand's longest established mountain guiding company. The reasons: professional guides, reliability, location, and a dedication to safety. Discover the Alpine Guides difference ›




Buy our Technical Mountaineering Manual

Alpine Guides Technical Manual

Revised and updated in 2014. Our professionally bound 92 page book is your essential reference for mountaineering

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Ski Mountaineering Course (SMC)

Ski MountaineeringCourse (SMC)

Our 6 day big-mountain ski descent program. July - September.

Fly deep into the vast, glaciated terrain of Mount Cook National Park for a week of unforgettable ski lines.

Join a scheduled group, or arrange a private trip tailored to your team.

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Summer Courses and Mountain Guiding

Summer mounatin guiding

Tackle NZ's highest peaks with our expert mountain guides, or develop your skills on our instruction program.


Instruction Courses ›

Mountain Guiding Options ›

New Zealand Expeditions ›


Winter Courses, Guiding, & Ski Touring

Winter courses and guiding.

Winter (July-October) is the time for specialists. Learn to ice climb, avalanche safety skills, or explore the mountains on skis, snowshoes or snowboard...

Winter Mountaineering Courses ›

Winter Mountain Guiding ›

Ski Touring options ›

Helicamp ›