2018 Merino Muster Cross Country Ski Race

The Merino Muster is New Zealand’s pinnacle cross-country ski race for both the top athletes and cross-country skiing enthusiasts, and even newcomers to the sport. With 42km, 21km and 7km distances, the race caters to all abilities and fitness levels.

The race is a fun filled day where the elite mix with the regular competitors and everyone enjoys the fantastic winter skiing conditions and top quality trails at the Snow Farm.

The Course

The  Merino Muster leads you around the spectacular Snow Farm trail network. For the competitive, there is a significant variety of trails and regular feed stations around the course. All events start with a 7km loop in the main basin where all the spectators can see whats happening in the early stages. The 7km competitors finish here and the 21km and 42km head out into the spectacular Hanging Valley, with its dramatic views down into the Roaring Meg river far below the trails.

Once complete its back through the main base area and out onto the gentle river run and the loop with its vast view out across the Pisa Range and down into Wanaka. The 21km race finishes here and the 42km competitors head back out onto hanging valley for one more loop of both Hanging valley and the loop trail.


Entries are now open for the 2018 Merino Muster 42km, 21km Snow Rake and 7km Straggle Muster.

 Before August 1stBefore August 30thAfter August 30th
Merino Muster 42km Open$90.00$105.00$115.00
Snow Rake 21km Open$65.00$75.00$85.00
Snow Rake 21km Under 18$50.00$70.00$80.00
Straggle Muster 7km Open$55.00$60.00$65.00
Straggle Muster 7km Under 18$35.00$45.00$50.00

All Inclusive Packages

The Snow Farm is located in the Southern Lakes region of New Zeland and is a close driving distance to the tourist towns of Wanaka and Queenstown. We recommend you Stay either on the trails at the Snow Farm Lodge or in the nearby village of Cardrona or in the township of Wanaka. The Snow Farm Lodge is normally booked out well in advance so most visitors stay in Cardrona or Wanaka.

We highly recommend you plan to explore the local area as they are below the snow line and offer plenty of activities for the adventurous or the more sedate options as well. We have put together several packages to make your stay as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. We have also included some more information about the local area with some of our favourite recommendations.

7km Amateur Teams

New to Cross-country Skiing? Then the 7km Teams section is for you. We have designed a special package for anyone who wants to give cross country skiing a go and compete in this new fun section of the race. Teams will be judged on your combined times and the best theme (dress up). We have some spectacular prizes up for grabs! You will get three days to practice and then

Package includes:

  • Event entry (includes trail pass for the event day)
  • 3 days trail passes
  • 4 days rentals
  • Beginner lesson on your first day