The Symphony on Skis is a guided alpine ski touring traverse of the main glaciers of New Zealand's Southern Alps.
The Symphony on skis is considered to be the New Zealand ski touring Haute Route traversing the Godley, Murchison, Tasman, Fox & Franz Joseph glaciers.
Godley Valley - Liebig Range crossing - Murchison Glacier - Tasman Saddle - Tasman Glacier - Rudolph Glacier - Graham Saddle - Main Divide Crossing - Franz Josef Glacier - Fox Glacier.
The route starts in the Godley River Valley that we access by 4WD. On the first day we will 4WD into Rankin hut where we will spend the night. From the Godley River Valley we climb/skin up Rutherford stream and cross the Liebig range at Armadillo Pass and descend onto the Murchison Glacier staying overnight at Murchison Hut. From the Murchison Hut the route climbs its way towards the Tasman Glacier before making one of New Zealand's longest ski runs down the Tasman Glacier. At De La Beche Corner the route turns right and climbs up the Rudolf Glacier to Graham Saddle on the main divide on the Southern Alps. Graham Saddle is the highest point on the Symphony on Skis and from here it is a ski descent and then a skin across the Chamberlin Snowfield to Centennial Hut.
On the final skiing day we will traverse the Franz Joseph Glacier to West Hoes Pass before the long and spectacular ski run down the Fox Glacier to Chancellor Hut. From Chancellor Hut we fly by helicopter down to Fox Glacier town.
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