Merino Muster

Merino Muster

The Merino Muster is New Zealand’s premier cross country skiing event.  This mass start, mass participation event has a category for every ability level.  As a member of the World Loppet organization the Merino Muster attracts skiers from across New Zealand as well as many nordic nations overseas.  The event celebrates the Snow Farm’s history as a high country sheep station and the race symbolizes the high country tradition of mustering the sheep from the high mountain tops to lower elevations at the start of winter.

For the relaxed athlete the 7km Straggle Muster course takes skiers around the Merino Glen and Highlander trails.  These are typically managed by most people on their first day of skiing.  The 21km Snow Rake travels around the Merino Glen and then continues onto the River Run and Loop trails.  For the serious skier the 42km marathon covers the full 21km course before heading around the spectacular Hanging Valley trail and finishes with another trip over The Loop before finishing in-front of our day lodge.

Our ski school is the perfect place to start for those considering their muster.  We have many weekly programmes which will teach you all the skills you need to conquer this event.

For registrations and more information see the Merino Muster homepage.

(+) click on the photos below for a larger view