Middle Peak, Cardona Valley
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 McDonalds peaks, up on the way of Knuckle peak to the lowest point of the traverse (1200m) back up to Highland Continue reading 'Middle Peak 1840m via hi-traverse or heli'»
Approx route down to 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 long and is a pleasant skin along the western edge of the skifield, half of it on quiet cat tracks. Continue reading 'Cardrona Back Bowls and down to Golspie Valley Floor'»
I just received this in an email – well done to this fellow. This is a huge trip. Awesome.
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 completed during August 2002 with two companions. It started at the same gate shown by the author of the Hawkdun tour mentioned above. The tour was on Nordic mountain ski touring skis and was self sufficient throughout – preferring the independence and flexibility of a tent, collecting pre-positioned resupply as we linked through valleys to reach the next range. We traversed the Hawkdun range crossed over to the St Bathan’s Range before descending to St Bathans, ascending to traverse the Dunstans and then descending direct to Cromwell. From here we went up towards the Wanaka end of the Pisa range at Queensbury to traverse the Pisas down to Bannockburn. Then onto Duffer’s saddle over the Old Woman Continue reading 'the ‘Big’ nordic ski tour'»
Western Garvie Range in Background
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 bogged down. So this time we came in from the South, driving past Kingston to then turned off on the Nevis Valley Road. There was fresh snow all the way to the valley floor, however it was only 5cm or so deep. The road up to the old Southland Ski Hut was easy going, but after that the snow drifts were too deep. So skins on it was for a long tour along the road. This was a little wearisome. The intended ridge up Tennants Peak looked long and low angled , and the wind was blowing a gale. So we skied a few lines in towards the Garvie Range.
Continue reading 'Hector and Garvie range ski randonee'»
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 for any one wanting to try this one.
Continue reading 'Crown Peak to Crown Terraces'»
The traverse of the Crown Range is a good day touring where the objective is to complete the traverse and unless very fit there is not a lot of time for runs off the ridge – good as they appear to be. It is a good trip to do when the avalanche hazard is higher as you can make a safe day of it with good route finding and group management.
Continue reading 'Traverse of the Crown Range'»