North Pisa Range Robrosa Hut

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…

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…

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 Alta – via Rumbling Burn to Buchanans

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…

Ski Descents Mt Avalanche & Mt Aspiring – Freddy Varengo

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…

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…

Mt Barff ski tour, Mt Aspiring National Park

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…

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…