Newsletter #17 - September 2016 | Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
Skiing through Canyonlands photo: Lydia Bradey

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She's on Skis

Favourite client photo
Our favourite client photo for this newsletter was taken by Liz Roberts on the She's on Skis glacier ski touring week in September. The group was at the bottom of the Mannering Glacier pretending to be 'rock stars posing in a photo shoot' - it sums up the feeling we all had at the end of an awesome week in the hills :)

Thanks ladies for all the fun!


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We've had a challenging, but enjoyable winter. After getting our hopes up with a good snowfall in May, the weather frustratingly turned warm and it rained, bringing a slow start to the ski season across the country. Thankfully, by late July, the snow did arrive and we could run ski touring trips in the Two Thumb Range through until early September. We welcomed back many familiar faces for ski and snowshoeing adventures, both in the Two Thumbs and up on the glaciers. Our first ever girls-only ski touring trip "She's on Skis" was a great success! Guides Lydia Bradey and Elke Braun-Elwert were joined by 6 lovely ladies for a fun week on the Tasman, Murchison and Mannering Glaciers. She's on Skis photos...

Warm temperatures over the past few weeks, combined with rain to 2400m, has however brought the ski season to a rather abrupt end, at least at lower elevations. But the sunny weather has got us looking forward to the summer season ahead of us... full of alpine trekking and mountaineering adventures!

Trekking along Ball Ridge
SUMMER TREKKING: Walking along Ball Ridge to Caroline Hut.

A girls-only mountaineering course

After the big success of our girls-only ski touring week "She's on Skis" on the Tasman Glacier, this summer season we'll be offering an exclusive girls-only mountaineering course. Join one of New Zealand's select few female IFMGA guides - Elke Braun-Elwert for a week at Caroline Hut on our Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course.

Dates: 8-14 November 2016 (7 days)
The course provides a thorough grounding in all technical alpine skills - great for those wanting to improve confidence in alpine environments and get into some serious mountaineering! There are currently 3 spaces remaining. Contact us for expressions of interest or if you'd like more information.

She's on Spikes
SHE'S ON SPIKES - technical mountaineering skills for chicks


We've got a couple of new faces on our team this season - we'd like to welcome Stephan Göbel, an Austrian UIAGM / IFMGA guide who'll be guiding ascents and technical mountaineering courses and Bia Bouchinas an NZMGA alpine trekking guide who will be assisting with our Ball Pass trekking operation. Our chief guide Paul Aubrey and assistant director Elke Braun-Elwert will be supported by returning guides Jane Morris, Ewan Paterson, Martin Hess, Lewis Ainsworth, Steve Tulley and Stella Sweney. In the background, ensuring things all run smoothly while the guides are out and about in the hills, we have Anne Braun-Elwert, Keith Payne and Diane Hayman.

Guided ascent of Aoraki / Mt. Cook
Sunrise near the summit of Aoraki / Mt. Cook, November 2015.

We're currently gearing up for our annual hut restock. Elke, Gary and Axel were up at the hut ski touring with a group last week, which means that the hut door and toilet have already been dug out! Now it's time for ordering in all the supplies, refilling gas bottles and firewood sacks, checking and rechecking lists and timing it all with the weather - with a bit of luck, we might still be able to get some good ski runs in as our reward! The hut will be ready for guests to enjoy it from October onwards :)

Caroline Hut in winter
Ski touring at Caroline Hut.

Adventures on offer at Caroline Hut this summer:

Ski tourers admiring the view of Aoraki / Mt. Cook from Ball Ridge
Admiring the view of Aoraki / Mt. Cook from Ball Ridge, Sept. 2016.



Last January, Elke joined journalist Paul Hersey and friend David Newstead on a special trip in the Darran Mountains in Fiordland. The goal was to complete one of Paul's unfinished projects... Paul's article about the trip has since been published in New Zealand Geographic magazine - First Ascent: Finding Unclimbed Walls in the Darrans.



After many hours of editing, Carla submitted the Symphony on Skis film to the Banff Film Festival at the start of August. We'll be finding out in October whether it's been accepted onto the world tour! Fingers crossed and watch this space, as we'll be sending out a notification about the film and where to watch it once it's been released. We're very excited about this and looking forward to seeing our adventure on the big screen!

For the latest details, see: and

Symphony on Skis
Skiing through Canyon Lands on the Symphony on Skis, Sept. 2015.

We look forward to welcoming you back on your next adventure with us this summer!
With kind regards from the team at Alpine Recreation.


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