Awakino ski field access to St Marys Range

by Zucco – St. Marys range ski touring – Awakino ski area, “the pearl of the Waitaki”, is located in North Otago and provides easy access to the St. Marys range via Kurow and a well maintained 4wd access road to the base lodge at 1200m.  The field is open mostly on weekends only so…

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…

Kings Mistake Couloir, Hall Range, Tekapo

King’s Mistake Couloir on Mistake Peak – Manu Nadler On July 30th, after a couple of really cold days with a lot of snowfall, Jamie Paterson and I wanted to ski one of the long east facing couloirs on Mistake Peak at Lake Tekapo. From the opposite side of the lake at Roundhill Ski Area…

Mt Olympus to Cheeseman ski field, Craigieburn Range, Canterbury

Mt Olympus to Cheeseman ski field is a suitably popular backcountry ski route, and is close to Christchurch. There are many good touring options in easy to moderate terrain. We did this tour starting at Mt Olympus, (after a good night of partying at the Olympus lodge) and heading to Cheeseman, but it can also…

The Cass Valley, Mt Hutton via Huxley Glacier, Liebig Range.

At the end of the Cass valley looms Mt Hutton. There are 2 ski routes on the peak, both are accessible from Memorial Hut, and both are ski mountaineering routes as they require some mountaineering skills. Other routes listed here on the website that are accessible from Memorial Hut are: The Scorpion loop, Liebig Range…

The Cass Valley, Mt Hutton via Faraday Glacier, Liebig Range

When heading up the Cass River, one of the first sights that catches the skier’s eye, is the bold and obvious line on the Faraday Glacier, Mt Hutton. Elegant and exacting, the route beckons and entices. The crux of the route is steep (close on 50 degrees) with sustained fall line skiing and a long…