Routeburn Day Trip

Just a quick day trip up the Routeburn. Good day out, bit of effort getting up there but all good. Check out the video post  for this trip!

Middle Peak 1840m via hi-traverse or heli

Middle Peak is the good looking basin just north of Cardrona ski resort. With a good south-east exposure holds snow in good condition never the less the relatively low altitude. Two way to get there: The first is an awesome traverse from the top of Cardrona ski resort: first up to Mt Cardrona, descent to…



Cardrona Back Bowls and down to Golspie Valley Floor

The winter of  2011 was an unusual season with low snow levels and better quality snow at the lower elevations. Cardrona back bowls are a favourite because of their ease of access. The Cardrona carpark is one of the higher elevated carparks and the skinning up to the summit of Mt Cardrona does not take…



Old Man Peak 1826m

A fun and medium-easy day trip, especially after a low level snow fall with a moderate 900m vertical climb to the top. From the top the skiing into the “back bowl” (looking into the St. Bathan range) is really good and the south east aspect keeps the snow in good nick. Access: From SH8 approx…



Towers Ridge – access from Treble Cone

Towers Ridge is the continuation of the Summit Ridge of Treble Cone beyond Wedding Cake Rock (see map). The quickest access is to boot pack above the Saddle Quad to gain height, followed by a long gliding traverse and then a short skin back up to the ridge before Wedding Cake.Wedding Cake rock can be…



Ruapehu’s 6 Glaciers in a day

High on Mt Ruapehu lie the only glaciers in the North Island. While they are mere remnants of their former ice age size, they still provide some of the best skiing terrain around. Ruapehu is a mountain created with ski-touring in mind, with access, terrain and (at times) snow conditions that are hard to beat…



Traverse of the Crown Range

The traverse of the Crown Range is a good day touring where the objective is to complete the traverse and unless very fit there is not a lot of time for runs off the ridge – good as they appear to be. It is a good trip to do when the avalanche hazard is higher…



Roy’s Peak 2012

Roy’s Peak dominates the skyline above Wanaka. It is not often that we get enough snow on Roy’s Peak to contemplate a sky off it’s lofty summit. This year was different. We had a large dump from the NorthWest which lasted a week bringing much needed and large volumes of snow especially to the western mountains….



Overnight to Kirtle Burn Hut, Pisa Range

The Kirtle Burn hut is a 7 bunk hut nestled below Mt Pisa. Drive up to the Snowfarm (off the Cardrona Valley Rd). You need a backcountry pass to access the DOC track which starts amongst the Proving Ground buildings. Call in to the Snow Farm office to register. Our full moon trip followed the…