Symphony on Skis, West to East, Mt Cook N.P.

Symphony on Skis: A West to East crossing in 5 days The team and photo credits are: Ian McIvor, Karl Greasley, Liv Barron & Anna Brooke. This is one of the trips that should be on every ski-mountaineer’s list. It offers changing mountain and snow conditions, glacier travel, steepness, playful lines, and a smorgasbord of…

Mt Rolleston – the Otira Slide via Rome Ridge, Arthurs Pass

Rome Ridge – Arthur’s Pass mega classic leading to Mt. Rolleston – no touring equipment is even required. The climb is described in the Arthur’s Pass climbing guidebook by Graeme Kates (https://climbnz.org.nz/nz/si/main-divide-of-the-southern-alps/mt-rolleston/low-pk). This write-up aims to serve as an add-on for people who want to ski tour it. An early start should take you to…

Mt Madeline, Darran Mountains, Fiordland.

Most photos by Adrian Camm Mt Madeline sits deep in the SW of the south island, only a stone throw from Milford Sound, in Fiordland’s indomitable Darren Mountains. Spectacularly situated next to the imposing Mt Tutoko, this ski tour makes for a photographers’ dream. Helicopter access is pretty much the only viable option when loaded…

The Cass Valley, Mt Hutton via Huxley Glacier, Liebig Range.

At the end of the Cass valley looms Mt Hutton. There are 2 ski routes on the peak, both are accessible from Memorial Hut, and both are ski mountaineering routes as they require some mountaineering skills. Other routes listed here on the website that are accessible from Memorial Hut are: The Scorpion loop, Liebig Range…

The Cass Valley, Mt Hutton via Faraday Glacier, Liebig Range

When heading up the Cass River, one of the first sights that catches the skier’s eye, is the bold and obvious line on the Faraday Glacier, Mt Hutton. Elegant and exacting, the route beckons and entices. The crux of the route is steep (close on 50 degrees) with sustained fall line skiing and a long…