Cascade Saddle – Upper Dart Glacier- Main Divide Southern Alps

From Wanaka drive out past Treble Cone Ski Area up to Raspberry Creek. Walk into Aspiring hut and hang a left up the Cascade Saddle track. Give yourself a chance by getting an early start as it’s likely to be very slow going on the upper North facing snow slopes.  Enjoy the fun ski down to the obvious trough/trench on the other side of the ridge and tour across the flat, past Cascade Saddle and up the Plunket Dome Ridge.

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Go as far as the daylight allows and you’ll find exposed flats to camp or depending on accumulation good depths to dig a hole.
From a high bivy around the Upper Dart Glacier you’ll find the obvious Mt Liverpool summit which is really a stop over on your way to a larger objective which could be skiing the afternoon sunny aspects on the West of the divide or even the epic mission around to Mt Edward and the rest of the Snowdrift Range.

The Upper Dart icefall is an incredibly atmospheric ski amongst very large glacial features.
In a big snow year there is potential to ski the avalanche debris back into the Matukituki (pack your runners for the walk out!). Next time we do this trip we’ll try our luck with this option and stash our bikes at the bottom of the descent in the Matukituki. We’ve also romanxed the idea of stashing pack rafts for a float back out to eliminate the valley walk.