Cascade Saddle – Upper Dart Glacier

From 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…



Garvie Mountains – Blue Lake Huts – Backcountry ski tour

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. View…



Ahuriri Valley, backcountry ski tour

Early in the winter season there is often a wintry blast that comes in from the south west,  drops a good layer of snow down low in the Mackenzie Basin, and into the Ahuriri Valley. In early July 2015 we managed to sneak a ski tour in, skinning up from the Birchwood road , via…



Fox Peak to Round Hill traverse

Fox Peak Ski Field to Roundhill Ski Field is a fun  ski traverse of moderate difficulty, and makes an excellent outing with friends. Since the traverse goes from one ski field to another a car shuttle is necessary. Recommendations are to either a) have a driver standing by, or  b)2 parties start from opposite ends,…



Mt Edgar Thomson

A solid day trip from Mt Cook, this route ascends the 2379m Mt Edgar Thomson. The lower section of the route ascends up the Hoophorn Valley. There are incipient animal tracks to follow interspersed with some river bashing and tussock slopes. Take a watershed on the true right of the Hoophorn to point 1488. Hopefully…



Ski Touring Access to the Pisa Range – rules.

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…



Fiordland – Mt Talbot via Gertrude Saddle ski tour

Forwarded by Zucco. The Milford road gives access some touring terrain and the NZAC Homer Hut is a good base for a couple trips: – Homer Saddle: a short tour to fill an half day. Start at the Homer Tunnel Entrance, quite often start straight on skis. – Gertrude Valley: up the valley to Traverse…



Old Man Range – Nicholsons Hut

Another ski tour option for the Old Man Range is to carry on over the summit ridge and then down to the Nicholson Hut. As reported to skitouring.co.nz   …I thought I’d drop few pics of the next basin over to add to the trip. For some reason it stays really sheltered from the wind and…



Lewis Pass Tops

Lewis pass tops offer a classic Kiwi mixed tramping and ski touring experience. This area is on the main divide and gets its snow from the westerly quarter. Often early season storms from the SW can miss the Canterbury ranges further east but might put a good cover on the main divide. In a case…