Joie de Vivre Glacier ski tour, Mt Cook N.P.

A great ski tour requiring a good level of fitness and glacier skills. We skied this late season in mid November in a low snow year. The Murchison is a good staging point for several good ski tours. The Murchison hut is good and tidy with fuel and blankets and sleeps about 8. It sits…

Canterbury Haute Route

Canterbury Haute Route   Great trip, needs a bit more exploring to find the easiest line. The last day was the biggest with 3200+ metres climbing (4000 metres down), on top of that I ran the 15km from Bealey Spur back to Arthurs Pass … hmm, no wonder no one wants to ski with me….

Ben Nevis via School House Creek

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…

Remarkables Ski Field – Doolans Loop ski tour

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,…

Ski touring Lake Angelus, Nelson Lakes

Ski mission up to Lake Angelus in 2014. 3 days spring skiing and had basin to myself. This is a great spot when it’s a good snow year. Access is easy along Robert ridge although some aspects can stay firm and icy thought the day along later parts of ridge. Another access is from Speargrass…

Two Thumb Range

Ski Touring in the Two Thumb Range There are plenty of ski touring options in the Two Thumb Range and you can base yourself out of Camp Stream Hut or Royal Hut at the top of Bush Stream on the Mesopotamia side, or, if you want to be comfortable you might be able to use…

Symphony on Skis

Symphony on This is a ski traverse of the Southern Alps from east to west via the following route: Lake Tekapo – Godley Valley – Liebig Range – Murchison Glacier – Tasman Saddle – Tasman Glacier – Rudolph Glacier – Graham Saddle (crossing the Main Divide) – Franz Josef Glacier – Fox Glacier. It takes…

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…

Mt Cook – East Face & Mt Tasman ski descent

Quite a bit has been written already about these two ski descents by Fredrico Varengo, however I wanted to put them in here for the record as they are milestones in NZ ski mountaineering history. Freddy skied from the summit of Mt Cook last year (2011) taking the direct line from the summit. I spoke…

Twin Stream – Kai Tarau

Twin Stream is well known for its rock climbing walls but in winter it has some good and steep lines to be skied. You can either walk in or fly in; about 4 hours walking vs 5 minutes flying: $0 vs $350 a load. Contact Heliline Glentanner at 0800 650 651 and make sure you…