Situated at the corner of the Tasman and Hooker valleys, Mt. Wakefield is visible from almost anywhere in the valley. After a good southerly dump, it can provide some pretty nice skiing, given the snow line is low – around the 700m mark or below.
Here is a five star ski tour in the Garvie Mountains, SE of Queenstown. The Blue Lake Huts makes a wonderful base from which to explore from. The terrain has something for everyone; steeps, rolling ridges, bluffs, lakes, chute, ice climbing. Note – this is on private land and permission is required before proceeding. Continue reading 'Garvie Mountains – Blue Lake Huts – Backcountry ski tour'»
Early in the winter season there is often a wintry blast that comes in from the south west, drops a good layer of snow down low in the Mackenzie Basin, and into the Ahuriri Valley.
Fox Peak Ski Field to Roundhill Ski Field is a fun ski traverse of moderate difficulty, and makes an excellent outing with friends.
Since the traverse goes from one ski field to another a car shuttle is necessary. Recommendations are to either a) have a driver standing by, or b)2 parties start from opposite ends, or c) start from Roundhill one day, sleep at the Fox Peak Ski Field club lodge, then ski tour back to Roundhill the next day.
The route takes around 8 hours on average. 6 Hours is quite achievable, 10 hours if you are skiing laps. Continue reading 'Fox Peak to Round Hill traverse'»
A solid day trip from Mt Cook, this route ascends the 2379m Mt Edgar Thomson. The lower section of the route ascends up the Hoophorn Valley. There are incipient animal tracks to follow interspersed with some river bashing and tussock slopes. Take a watershed on the true right of the Hoophorn to point 1488. Hopefully skis should be on by here for the skin up to the summit. There are some steeper slopes to ascend and so crampons and an axe might be considered. I would estimate around 7-10 hours return. A good level of fitness and some mountaineering skills would be required. Continue reading 'Mt Edgar Thomson'»
There are two current access points to the Pisa Range. The access in blue on the map below is a legal easement. Legal easement was generated in 2002 as a result of Land Tenure Review process. It still exists and the public has the right to free passage (though poles have been removed). This easement passes through land which is used by Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG) and offers the most direct and best skiing access to the Pisa Range. There is a barrier across the road which can be passed either by car or on foot or skis on the way to the car park at the end of the road (marked on map with blue circle). Continue reading 'Ski Touring Access to the Pisa Range – rules.'»
Forwarded by Zucco.
The Milford road gives access some touring terrain and the NZAC Homer Hut is a good base for a couple trips:
– Homer Saddle: a short tour to fill an half day. Start at the Homer Tunnel Entrance, quite often start straight on skis.
Another ski tour option for the Old Man Range is to carry on over the summit ridge and then down to the Nicholson Hut.
As reported to skitouring.co.nz …I thought I’d drop few pics of the next basin over to add to the trip. For some reason it stays really sheltered from the wind and is worth to check it out even when the front is wind blasted. The access is the same, just drop into Nichols hut from the top.
It seems every Autumn we get an early season blast of cold weather, which brings snow down to low levels. Invariably this is from a strong southerly storm which howls up the central east of the South Island. The Old Man Range catches this wind blasted snow and loads it into the gullies, the ridges remaining relatively bare and windswept. Continue reading 'Old Man Range – An early season tour – great introduction to touring'»
Hey the other day I went for a nice day mish up Rob Roy stream, nice place and not much walking to get to the snow (2hrs). That place is worth checking, snow from 1200! From the head of Rob Roy stream head up to the saddle between homestead pk and the start of the east ridge of Rob Roy. Then follow a ledge to get to the Avalanche glacier. From the glacier beautiful terrain straight up to the summit of Rob Roy (low pk) via the head of the valley, pick your line. If it gets too warm the first 200 could start to slab away
*The ledge from Homestead saddle (Ed note – take care on this ledge, sound mountaineering
skills required. Angle is roughly 45 degrees with some potential hazard from above and a whole
bunch of airtime below).