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…

Mt Tyndall ski tour, Mt Aspiring NP

Mt 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…

Ben Nevis via School House Creek – Hector Mountains

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…

Mt Clarke and Mt Clarke extended trip, Forbes Mountains

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…

Routeburn Day Trip

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!

Middle Peak 1840m via hi-traverse or heli, Harris Mountains

Middle Peak is the good looking basin just north of Cardrona ski resort. With a good south-east exposure holds snow in good condition never the less the relatively low altitude. Two way to get there: The first is an awesome traverse from the top of Cardrona ski resort: first up to Mt Cardrona, descent to…

Cardrona Back Bowls and down to Golspie Valley Floor

The winter of  2011 was an unusual season with low snow levels and better quality snow at the lower elevations. Cardrona back bowls are a favourite because of their ease of access. The Cardrona carpark is one of the higher elevated carparks and the skinning up to the summit of Mt Cardrona does not take…

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…

Hector and Garvie range ski randonee

I have had an eye on trying to ski this area for a while. We once tried to ski the Hector Range (which joins the Remarkable Range) from the northern end near Duffer Saddle. We were aiming for Ben Nevis. However due to frost lifting on the road we only managed to get the Jeep…

Crown Peak to Crown Terraces

A cool shorter back country ski tour for when there is a good amount of snow down at lower elevations. We skied this on the 19th August and remarkable had good dry powder skiing right to the road. Only the tops were a little wind scoured and icy. Heres a few pics and a topo…