Mt Ngauruhoe – North Island NZ

Mt Ngauruhoe is a classic cone shaped volcano of near perfect symmetry. It sits in a spectacular position besides its cousins Ruapehu and Tongariro.  In winter it tends to holds snow well and makes for a wonderful, single day, back country ski tour. The slopes tend to hold some beautiful corn snow later in to…

Mt Ross from the Macaulay River

by Jordan Tiernan  http://jordantiernan.com Both me and Holly managed to get a good look at the south face of Mt Ross from the Roundhill access road and both instantly knew that we wanted to ski it. After taking a quick walk up the Macaulay Valley, we saw that conditions were pretty good, with a snowline…

Whale Stream – helicopter access from Glentanner

A fine ski tour, highly recommended, with lots of variety. Whale Stream lies directly behind Glentanner heli pad and is just quick flight to the top of the valley. There are 2 branches, the north and the south branches. They are connected by a fine couloir of about a thirty degree pitch. These two valleys…

Sutherland Stream, Dobson Valley, Naumann Range

Sutherland Stream is a truly stunning and spectacular valley. Hemmed in by steep walls there are couloirs galore for ski mountaineers, and a relatively safe route up to the Mt Ben Ross col for ski tourers. There are superb views of the east face of Mts Glenmary and Glencairn, and views of Mt Cook from…

Mt Somers – The Fingers via Manuka hut

The Fingers trip report On Monday 3 July Jamie Paterson and I set off for an explore, with the intention of getting to Manuka Hut. Due to a number of factors, namely work and not having a 4 wheel drive we ended having to walk about 45 mins further and arriving at 2:00am. The walk…

Mt Ferguson, Queenstown ski touring…

This route is on private land so seek permission from the Scott family at Rees Valley Station (03 442 9908) and please treat the land with respect. The Ferguson basin and valley is also used for heli skiing, during which time access may not be granted. View Larger Topographic Map Mt Ferguson is a day…

Mt Wakefield powder turns..

Situated at the corner of the Tasman and Hooker valleys, Mt. Wakefield is visible from almost anywhere in the valley. After a good southerly dump, it can provide some pretty nice skiing, given the snow line is low – around the 700m mark or below. View Larger Topographic Map Just before reaching Mt. Cook Village,…

Fox Peak to Round Hill traverse

Fox Peak Ski Field to Roundhill Ski Field is a fun  ski traverse of moderate difficulty, and makes an excellent outing with friends. Since the traverse goes from one ski field to another a car shuttle is necessary. Recommendations are to either a) have a driver standing by, or  b)2 parties start from opposite ends,…

Lewis Pass Tops

Lewis pass tops offer a classic Kiwi mixed tramping and ski touring experience. This area is on the main divide and gets its snow from the westerly quarter. Often early season storms from the SW can miss the Canterbury ranges further east but might put a good cover on the main divide. In a case…