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The Two Thumb Range has a great selection of ski touring terrain
Great terrain & views
Skiing the northern slopes of Mt. Hope (Photo: R. Salmons)
Touring up Snake Ridge with Southern Alps behind
Grand Views
Vistas of the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo
Split-boarding in the Two Thumb Range
Fresh turns above Rex Simpson Hut
Looking along Snake Ridge to Lake Tekapo
Winter Wonderland
Skinning up to the summit of Beuzenberg Peak
Lots of ski touring terrain to explore in the Two Thumb Range
A ski tourer's playground
Lots of terrain options to explore
Our ski guides know where to find the best snow
Enthusiastic UIAGM / NZMGA ski guides
Enjoy a safe and hassle free backcountry ski holiday
Rex Simpson Hut is the ideal ski touring base in the Two Thumb Range
Rex Simpson Hut
Our warm alpine haven is well equipped

Two Thumb Range

Backcountry ski touring on the peaks overlooking Lake Tekapo

The Two Thumb Range near Lake Tekapo is a backcountry skiing paradise with an amazing landscape providing a good variety of terrain in a series of parallel valleys which allows for a different ski tour each day.

The mountain range forms the eastern boundary of the Mackenzie Basin, close enough to the Southern Alps to get great views and regular snow fall, but sheltered enough to escape many of the predominant north-west storms hitting the Main Divide.

Add in a cosy, heated hut and you have the recipe for a great backcountry holiday!




You can have a taste of backcountry ski touring before committing to buying all the gear. We can provide touring skis, skins, poles, transceivers, probe, shovel and any other equipment you might need, but you will need to bring your own ski touring boots.

All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Alpine Ski Touring -Two Thumb Range Clothing & Equipment list