Skiing East facing slopes of the “Doolans”, Remarkables back country ski touring
The Remarkables has many short day ski tours available. One option is to access the bowls to the East of the ski field, an area known as The Doolans. (Note when looking at a topo map the Sugarbowl lift is incorrectly marked…it actually heads up towards Peak 2057).
There are many options here for touring, but a fun loop to do is to head up the Sugarbowl lift, then skin up the ridge to end up just south of peak 2057. Ski down the initially steepish headwall to the more mellow bowls of the Doolans. Traverse south with many options for playing in the rolling back country. There are several opportunities to escape back onto the ridge and into the ski area via broad spurs or gullies. Having said this the Doolans basin is surrounded by a headwall which is a bit steeper than the bowl itself and can be susceptible to wind loading, so choose your exit route according to conditions. Continue reading 'Doolans Loop ski tour from Remarkables Ski Field'»
Descending from Buchanas to Matukituki
A variation to the Mt Alta tour is via the SE ridge and the Rumbling Burn. There is heaps of varied terrain and a multitude of different route options. We did this in a low snow year but still got plenty of powder skiing in. It did involve a hike on tussock out of the Rumbling Burn which helped vary the trip. I recommend this tour. Continue reading 'Mt Alta – via Rumbling Burn to Buchanans'»
SW Face Mt Avalanche
I met with Freddy this morning and got the beta on some of his latest ski trips. This is his second trip over to NZ from his home in Turino, Italy. He’s been back in the country about a month and has been running around skiing so much that he says he’s exhausted. Yesterday he did a one day trip from Aspiring hut onto Cascade saddle, up Mt Liverpool then skied down into the Dart, then back out to top out on Mt Tyndall and back to Aspiring hut. Phew. When we left the cafe he was off to New World to buy a “huge amount of food”.
Continue reading 'Ski Descents Mt Avalanche & Mt Aspiring – Freddy Varengo'»
I feel like I have to add this tour as missing link between another two in the McKerrow range. It fits in between Boundary Creek traverse and the Camerons Creek traverse.
Continue reading 'McKerrow range – Makarora – Mt Shrimpton missing link (cental part)'»
North McKerrow range, skiing off pk 1977, with upper Camerons Creek in back
Having done the traverse of the McKerrow range South to Boundary Creek, we decided to try North to Camerons Creek.
Harvey Hutton flew us up in his Hughes 500 for $105 each (seats 4). Contact him on 443-8351. He dropped us off on the ridge near pt 1958, just North of Shrimpton as he would not land on the summit.
The terrain was described by someone as rolly polly with steep drop-offs. There are broad basins but also many cliff bands interspersed so it is imperative that there is good clear visibility. Also, even though there are a few exits possible, they would be difficult, in which case the route is reasonably committing.
Continue reading 'Makarora – Mt Shrimpton North to Camerons Creek – backcountry ski traverse'»
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'»
Mt Barff ski tracks
Please don’t be put off by the name!. This is a good AT ski tour with some reasonable access, and is quite feasible as a 2 day ski trip. Best time of the year is late season and is especially good after a southerly storm has laid down some fresh powder. The main south basin of Mt Barff is glaciated and crevassed, but by late season the crevasses generally are mostly filled in. Mt Barff catches a of of its snow from the West, and expect pockets of wind loading especially along the SW ridge. Continue reading 'Mt Barff ski tour, Mt Aspiring National Park'»
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'»
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 1.5 km north of the Lindis Pass turn off to a gravel road (Doc sign post) and either park there or drive up another km to a locked gate. Continue reading 'Old Man Peak 1826m'»
Nth ridge of Buchanan Peaks
I highly recommend this ski traverse – the descents are long and fall line, the terrain is varied and interesting, views are gorgeous. There are multiple route options and some steep descents are possible from the top of both peaks.
Logistics are a little tricky for this trip and permission to cross West Wanaka Station private land is required from the Cochranes (03 443-7144). Also the lower the snow line the better as it saves on knees for the short but tiring end of day walk into the Matukituki Valley. Continue reading 'Mt Alta to Buchanans Traverse'»