Mt Rolleston – the Otira Slide via Rome Ridge

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 ( 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…

Mt Philistine, Arthurs Pass National Park

by Dan & Zucco Arthur’s Pass National Park (APNP) provides a lot of steep or long access routes to the mountains, making it more of a mountaineering destination. However, quality ski touring can still be found. SH73 passes through APNP at around 800 meters and provides some of the better touring opportunities in the area….

Canterbury Haute Route

Canterbury Haute Route   Great trip, needs a bit more exploring to find the easiest line. The last day was the biggest with 3200+ metres climbing (4000 metres down), on top of that I ran the 15km from Bealey Spur back to Arthurs Pass … hmm, no wonder no one wants to ski with me….

Ski touring Lake Angelus, Nelson Lakes

Ski mission up to Lake Angelus in 2014. 3 days spring skiing and had basin to myself. This is a great spot when it’s a good snow year. Access is easy along Robert ridge although some aspects can stay firm and icy thought the day along later parts of ridge. Another access is from Speargrass…

1912 from Cass Saddle Hut, Cragieburn

With low snow cover access to Cass Saddle hut can be pretty quick and afford some nice tuns en-route.. Cass Saddle hut is a basic back country hut with a wood burner and bunks and water is close at hand. Low snow cover really is the key for this trip to be good value, I…