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…

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…

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. There are many options here for touring, but a fun loop to do is to head up the Sugarbowl lift, then skin up the ridge to…

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…

Old Man Peak 1826m, Dunstan Range, Lindis Pass

A fun and medium-easy day trip, especially after a low level snow fall with a moderate 900m vertical climb to the top. From the top the skiing into the “back bowl” (looking into the St. Bathan range) is really good and the south east aspect keeps the snow in good nick. Access: From SH8 approx…

Mt Melina from the Ahuriri Valley

Mt Melina is in the Hawea Conservation Park. We accessed it from the Ahuriri Valley using mountain bikes. I must admit that I am a bit soft and usually walk my bike up anything that resembles a hill, however the trail/road in is graded by DOC as an easy grade 2, and so even I…

Hector and Garvie range ski randonee

I have had an eye on trying to ski this area for a while. We once tried to ski the Hector Range (which joins the Remarkable Range) from the northern end near Duffer Saddle. We were aiming for Ben Nevis. However due to frost lifting on the road we only managed to get the Jeep…

Towers Ridge – access from Treble Cone

Towers Ridge is the continuation of the Summit Ridge of Treble Cone beyond Wedding Cake Rock (see map). The quickest access is to boot pack above the Saddle Quad to gain height, followed by a long gliding traverse and then a short skin back up to the ridge before Wedding Cake.Wedding Cake rock can be…

Roy’s Peak 2012

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….