Roy’s Peak dominates the skyline above Wanaka. It is not often that we get enough snow on Roy’s Peak to contemplate a sky off it’s lofty summit. This year was different. We had a large dump from the NorthWest which lasted a week bringing much needed and large volumes of snow especially to the western mountains. Roy’s Peak was loaded.
Treble Cone opening day was promising to be a good one, but Roy’s Peak beckoned more. We parked at the pine trees just passed Waterfall Creek for the short sharp climb to the ridge and where we could start skinning. 30 minutes to snowline – we liked that. The skin up the broad ridge was straightforward and it took 3 hrs to the summit towers.
Skins on and it was time for a fantastic ski down watched by friends on the outskirts of Wanaka. ‘YOu might need to head north now’ they texted as we skied down. ‘No’, I texted back,’We have a secret track that means we can keep enjoying fall line skiing’.A short ski thru the matagouri following the orange markers to our ski off destination.