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 – Ben Ohau Range

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…

Mt Elie De Beaumont, Tasman Glacier, Main Divide Southern Alps

Elie De Beaumont is a classic ski tour at the head of the Tasman Glacier. It offers quality fall line skiing from a 3000m, heavily glaciated peak, right on the main divide of the Southern Alps. Views from the summit extend to the West coast, as well as down the Tasman glacier to the MacKenzie…

Middle Peak 1840m via hi-traverse or heli, Harris Mountains

Middle Peak is the good looking basin just north of Cardrona ski resort. With a good south-east exposure holds snow in good condition never the less the relatively low altitude. Two way to get there: The first is an awesome traverse from the top of Cardrona ski resort: first up to Mt Cardrona, descent to…

Mt Hamilton, Malte Brun Range, Mt Cook National Park

This back country ski was highly recommended to me. It can be done on the exit day from a trip higher up the Tasman Glacier neves. This ski tour has been claimed to maybe be the finest New Zealand ski tour. It offers a huge 1400m ski descent from a 3000m peak. The route is…