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…

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…

Ski the Fritz Range

One of the most popular ski tours in the Mt Cook National Park. The Fritz range leads in a NW direction from the main divide of the Southern Alps out towards the Tasman Ocean, parallel to the Franz Joseph Glacier. The Range holds its altitude the length of the Franz Gl, and so involves passing…

A back country ski traverse of Mt Barth and Mt Heim

This was a lovely 3 day ski telemark trip in the Ahuriri Valley. Mt Barth makes for a good adventure ski tour with long fall line skiing and varied terrain. It really stands out from the rest of the range as a large massif that holds a its heavy coating of snow well.  We skied…

Black Peak to Treble Cone

Black Peak in the Harris Mountains offers some good touring, especially if accessed via helicopter. We landed in the chopper right on the summit of Black Peak one September. After taking in the great views we skied a line from the summit down the south face , then sidled around the peak. Like a corkscrew…

Mt Stafford from Snowy Gorge Creek

We skied this as part of a 3 day trip in which we also skied Mt St Mary. After a good exercise induced coma we skinned up Snowy Gorge Creek sidling higher and higher on the true left, until we were able to cross a col into the Mt Stafford face (the col is just…

Mt St Mary – Snowy Gorge Creek

Here’s a long ski mountaineering adventure, quite remote, and a lovely small ski hut to stay in.  We skied this in early July when there was a good amount of snow down low as the Hut is at 1125m. Access is easy from Ohau ski field. Descend towards Dumbell lake, continue all the way down…

Overnight to Kirtle Burn Hut, Pisa Range

The Kirtle Burn hut is a 7 bunk hut nestled below Mt Pisa. Drive up to the Snowfarm (off the Cardrona Valley Rd). You need a backcountry pass to access the DOC track which starts amongst the Proving Ground buildings. Call in to the Snow Farm office to register. Our full moon trip followed the…