Jacks Stream and Stony Stream, Ben Ohau Range

Jacks Stream, and Stony Stream offer good interesting ski touring on a range of terrain and aspects. There are a lot of south facing slopes that can hold powder in good conditions well after a storm has departed. The basins at the heads of the streams are relatively low angle, with steep headwalls. There are…

Ohau Peak

Ohau peak offers an easy ski tour and ascent. The snow line fluctuates throughout the winter, so one could assume a fair amount of tramping or mountain biking will be required tog get to the snow line. View Larger Topographic Map Access via Quailburn track or Tarnbrae track.

Mt Peterson – Ohau backcountry ski tour & Maitland Hut, Barrier Range

by Joel O’Rourke On Monday afternoon, Kenji and myself drove from Methven to Ohau, collecting Simon Trummer from Lake Tekapo on the way. Our objective was to camp at Maitland Hut for two nights and ski Mt Peterson behind Ohau. Unfortunately, the few weeks between taking the above photo and actually getting around to doing…

Whale Stream – helicopter access from Glentanner – Ben Ohau Range

A fine ski tour, highly recommended, with lots of variety. Whale Stream lies directly behind Glentanner heli pad and is just quick flight to the top of the valley. There are 2 branches, the north and the south branches. They are connected by a fine couloir of about a thirty degree pitch. These two valleys…

Sutherland Stream, Dobson Valley, Naumann Range

Sutherland Stream is a truly stunning and spectacular valley. Hemmed in by steep walls there are couloirs galore for ski mountaineers, and a relatively safe route up to the Mt Ben Ross col for ski tourers. There are superb views of the east face of Mts Glenmary and Glencairn, and views of Mt Cook from…

Ahuriri Valley, back country ski tour – Huxley Range

Early in the winter season there is often a wintry blast that comes in from the south west,  drops a good layer of snow down low in the Mackenzie Basin, and into the Ahuriri Valley. In early July 2015 we managed to sneak a ski tour in, skinning up from the Birchwood road , via…

Twin Stream – Kai Tarau – Ben Ohau Range

Twin Stream is well known for its rock climbing walls but in winter it has some good and steep lines to be skied. You can either walk in or fly in; about 4 hours walking vs 5 minutes flying: $0 vs $350 a load. Contact Heliline Glentanner at 0800 650 651 and make sure you…

Old Man Peak 1826m, Dunstan Range, Lindis Pass

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…

Mt Melina from the Ahuriri Valley

Mt Melina is in the Hawea Conservation Park. We accessed it from the Ahuriri Valley using mountain bikes. I must admit that I am a bit soft and usually walk my bike up anything that resembles a hill, however the trail/road in is graded by DOC as an easy grade 2, and so even I…