Visitor reviews for Aoraki-Mt Cook Ski Resort
Ski Resort Rating: Rate Aoraki-Mt Cook
July 01, 2018
Kane Henderson from New Zealand
Great area to visit. Coupled with it's twin resort M Tasman, there is a run for everyone. For long blue runs try Linda on Aoraki, or Syme on Tasman mtn. Both service the Plateau hut. Advanced runs of note are Caroline and North West Ridge and Tasman mtn is famous for Silberhorn and Abel Janzoon. Double black legendary runs include Balfour on Tasman for steep and deep, and if you're lucky to be at the top of Aoraki when patrol drops the rope on Sheila, it has a heart thumping drop for the real enthusiasts. Not enough is reported on the terrain below Pioneer. Tired punters can follow the cat track that zigzags 900 vertical down Haast ridge, while the new Hochstetter terrain park will also deliver you toward the base. For a longer adventure, try Lender field off Tasman and following a coffee and a sit in front of the gas heater at Pioneer hut, continue down to the road on the backside. Transport can be arranged back around to the Mt Cook car park, or try a short helicopter flight. Vertical can range from 2700m on the main mtn, to 2500m on the backside.
July 03, 2012
David Jones from New Zealand
Fantastic review - I too have enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere that Mount Cook offers. There are a wealth of routes and entertainment for all. The grand traverse is a particular treat if you like to get off the beaten track but it is always good to get back to the warmth and hospitality of the Plateau Hut Resort. If you get board of the many routes on Mt Cook and need more challenge then Mount Tasman is just around the corner.
Only disappointment was that the Plateau Resort gets very crowded and can be noisy at night, however, the view more than makes up for it. The mountain could also do with a few more lifts.
December 29, 2007
Peter Taylor from New Zealand
Generally a well-serviced mountain, featuring excellent coffee at Plateau Hut. Service at Empress Hut is a little slow, and, apart from a peculiar rocky pudding, non-existent at Gardiner Hut. Queues on popular blue run the Linda tend to get very long in January and there have been some instances of fisticuffs amongst impatient punters at Summit Rocks. The Nor'West Ridge is a somewhat less crowded blue run, but it's a long walk from the hut with no guarantee of good conditions from the summit. The public are warned to exercise caution on descents of the double diamond Hooker Face as it can get a little hard and slippery at times. Late season, often as early as mid-January, there are excellent natural terrain park features on the lower Linda.