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Category: Queenstown Region

Cascade Saddle – Upper Dart Glacier

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By , June 20, 2016 1:41 am

Backcountry ski touring on the Dart Glacier, SW ridge of Mt Aspring behindFrom 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. Continue reading 'Cascade Saddle – Upper Dart Glacier'»

Garvie Mountains – Blue Lake Huts – Backcountry ski tour

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By , June 14, 2016 9:15 am
North face pk 1760 with Skeleton lake in background

North face pk 1760 with Skeleton lake in background

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. Continue reading 'Garvie Mountains – Blue Lake Huts – Backcountry ski tour'»

Ski Touring Access to the Pisa Range – rules.

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By , July 28, 2015 9:57 am
North Pisas

PISA RANGE

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 passes through land which is used by Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds (SHPG) and offers the most direct and best skiing access to the Pisa Range. There is a barrier across the road which can be passed either by car or on  foot or skis on the way to the car park at the end of the road (marked on map with blue circle). Continue reading 'Ski Touring Access to the Pisa Range – rules.'»

Eyre Mountains; Symmetry Peaks

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By , September 14, 2014 10:54 am
Symmetry Peaks, Eyre Mountans

Symmetry Peaks, Eyre Mountans

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 lots of couloirs through rock bands, for those keen on a steeper line. Continue reading 'Eyre Mountains; Symmetry Peaks'»

North Pisa Range Robrosa Hut

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By , July 10, 2014 5:14 am
Robrosa hut and Cliff Burn

Robrosa hut and Cliff Burn

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 (Cromwell Faces).

At 1700m in a protected bowl Robrosa Hut is a powder magnet. Access steep chutes as well as gentler terrain. Great all weather (well almost all weather) access and one of the few places where you can get out and ski in a storm. Continue reading 'North Pisa Range Robrosa Hut'»

Pisa Range – Cromwell Faces

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By , June 30, 2014 2:44 am

Cromwell Faces 1Ski 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 is often good weather or at least better weather, than anywhere else. It has pretty of STEEP and great rock formations. Continue reading 'Pisa Range – Cromwell Faces'»

Mt Tyndall ski tour, Mt Aspiring NP

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By , June 6, 2014 1:23 am

 

cascade saddleMt Tyndall ski tour, Aspiring NP.Rewarding ski touring trip in the mt Aspiring NP achievable in a weekend.It can be done in different ways: a long day from Aspiring hut or there are good camping spots at the tree line or at Cascade saddle.Pretty straight forward trip, however getting in and out of the Pylon need precaution and settled snow. Because of this probably best time for the tour is late winter and early spring.

Glacier travel equipment is necessary along with good skiing and route finding abilities. Continue reading 'Mt Tyndall ski tour, Mt Aspiring NP'»

Ben Nevis via School House Creek

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By , August 7, 2013 8:36 am

ben nevis

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 is on private property – ph (03) 445 3006 – best to call after 6pm. 4wd car is recommended as the road, even if public, doesn’t get much traffic. Continue reading 'Ben Nevis via School House Creek'»

Mt Clarke and Mt Clarke extended trip

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By , September 30, 2012 6:58 am
Mt Clarkes southern ridge

Mt Clarkes southern ridge

Mt Clarke is a beautiful peak in the Forbes Mtns just north of Mt Earnslaw and can be skied as an overnight mission from the Rees Valley. If one has a good 4WD and river crossing experience then it is possible to drive to where the valley narrows – about 45mins walk from the bottom of Clarke slip which gives good access to the long leading southern ridge of Mt Clarke. You can have a relatively leisurely start and just plan to drive up the valley, ascend Clarks slip (start up the northern side of the slip and at the top exit out on the northern edge as well) and sleep in the basins at the top of Clarke Slip. Day 2 is then an ascent of Mt Clarke and return to the vehicle. Continue reading 'Mt Clarke and Mt Clarke extended trip'»

Routeburn Day Trip

By , June 14, 2012 8:49 pm
Touring from the Routeburn Track

Touring from the Routeburn Track

Just a quick day trip up the Routeburn. Good day out, bit of effort getting up there but all good.

Check out the video post  for this trip! Continue reading 'Routeburn Day Trip'»

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