Garvie Mountains – Blue Lake Huts – Backcountry ski tour

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. View…

Ski Touring Access to the Pisa Range – rules.

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…

Old Man Range – Nicholsons Hut

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…

Eyre Mountains; Symmetry Peaks

A day ski touring trip from Queenstown with moderately easy access. I found the Eyre Mountains at this area to be very interesting topography with many options for the ski tourer. There are both shorter day trips as well as some longer ridge traverses possible.  The geology is quite rugged with  steeper terrain, which offers…

North Pisa Range Robrosa Hut

Another ski touring option on the North Pisa Range is to base out of the Robrosa Hut. Situated in the north branch of the Cliff Burn it is a short trip from the Snow Park. The hut is surrounded by ski lines and also offers easy access tot he east faces of the Pisa Range…

Pisa Range – Cromwell Faces

Ski Touring Cromwell Faces For some reason the Cromwell Faces are almost totally ignored as a ski touring destination. The upper reaches of the Tinwald Burn offers great ski touring terrain and some of the most consistent snow around. The eastern aspect holds snow really well and since it is off the main divide it…

Ben Nevis via School House Creek

A trip for the keen of isolated places that don’t mind a bit of walking with the skis on the back pack. Access: is from Bannockburn via the Nevis valley Road. Drive up Duffer Saddle and drop into Nevis crossing. Stop by the station to ask permission to cross their land as all the trip…

the ‘Big’ nordic ski tour

I just received this in an email  – well done to this fellow. This is a huge trip. Awesome.   Sir, I was interested to read recently on your website an article concerning a short ski tour in the Hawkdun Range.  I thought that you may be interested to know about a ski tour I…

Hawkdun Range backcountry ski tour

After a prolonged period of heavy snowfall from the south east the Hawkduns became a great prospect. It’s a sister range to the St Bathans range, running parallel and of roughly the same dimensions. However we found it much more user friendly with much easier access (ski from the car), and the tussock and grass…