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…

Mt Bealey, Arthurs Pass.

Jason Watson and Colin Kinnison – Skied on the 24/08/2018 This trip is easily done in a day from Christchurch with an early start.  We left Christchurch at 0500hrs and started from the Mt Bealey track end just after 0700hrs.  The initial 2 hours climbs through the bush and is on a marked trail that…

Mt Rolleston – the Otira Slide via Rome Ridge, Arthurs Pass

Rome Ridge – Arthur’s Pass mega classic leading to Mt. Rolleston – no touring equipment is even required. The climb is described in the Arthur’s Pass climbing guidebook by Graeme Kates (https://climbnz.org.nz/nz/si/main-divide-of-the-southern-alps/mt-rolleston/low-pk). This write-up aims to serve as an add-on for people who want to ski tour it. An early start should take you to…

Jacks Stream and Stony Stream, Ben Ohau Range

Jacks Stream, and Stony Stream offer good interesting ski touring on a range of terrain and aspects. There are a lot of south facing slopes that can hold powder in good conditions well after a storm has departed. The basins at the heads of the streams are relatively low angle, with steep headwalls. There are…

Mt Cook – East Face

Aoraki/Mount Cook East Face Manu Nadler It was the 25th of October 2017. I was driving from Christchurch to Mount Cook Village on the Rakaia Highway through heavy rain and strong wind gusts. ‘The conditions would soon be perfect on Mount Cook for any steep skiing/snowboarding objectives’ was all I could think about while I…