Symphony on Skis, West to East, Mt Cook N.P.

Symphony on Skis: A West to East crossing in 5 days The team and photo credits are: Ian McIvor, Karl Greasley, Liv Barron & Anna Brooke. This is one of the trips that should be on every ski-mountaineer’s list. It offers changing mountain and snow conditions, glacier travel, steepness, playful lines, and a smorgasbord of…

Kaimakamaka Peaks, Ben Ohau Range

I understand that Kaimakamaka means ‘knucklebones’ in Maori. If this is so, then the peak is aptly named, as it sits like a solid fist on the ridge; rocky knuckles festooned with steep parallel couloirs. When the springtime snow line is high, a quick flight up to the Kaiamakamaka peaks is worthwhile. This area gets…

Ohau’s northern bowls, Ohau Range

August 2018 Ohau ski field is well known for having good access to ski touring. Indeed, search this website and you will find the posts for Mt Peterson, Mt Stafford and Mt St Mary. These peaks are accessed from the ski field, from above the top lift, via the south ridge . Other more common…

Mt Aspiring / Tititea via NW Ramp

Tricky to get this one on with conditions but if you do it will make for a memorable  journey skiing the Gnarr.  Was skied in firm wind pressed snow,  the ice cap had a narrow ribbon of soft snow through the typical 3000m NZ sastruggi making it skiable off the summit. |After that it was firm but…

Awakino ski field access to St Marys Range

by Zucco – St. Marys range ski touring – Awakino ski area, “the pearl of the Waitaki”, is located in North Otago and provides easy access to the St. Marys range via Kurow and a well maintained 4wd access road to the base lodge at 1200m.  The field is open mostly on weekends only so…

Ski area access guidelines

There are lots of great tours available on this site, which begin (or end) at a Ski area. A bit of courtesy and respect for the operations and hazards will go a long way to keeping relations with the areas positive, and the access as open as possible. This guideline was developed by the Federated…

Mt Murchison, Shaler Range, Canterbury

Karl Greasley and Liv Barron Mt Murchison. We chose to break up the walk-in up by walking into Carrington hut on the Friday night. It took us four hours to reach Carrington hut from Klondyke corner. However, we did stop to check out Anti Crow hut as it was the first time we had been…