I’ve done a few day missions recently which I’ll throw up here.
First is a trip out to the Pisa Range in between Wanaka and Queenstown which over looks the town of Cromwell too. It’s mostly flat, rolling terrain at a decent altitude which is mostly famous for Snowfarm, New Zealand’s only real cross-country skiing area and of course the Mighty SnowParkNZ (RIP). The range was named by J.T Thomson after the schist outcrops on the summits resemblance to the italian leaning tower.
Of course it’s not all flat and rolling and the end overlooking Cromwell is any thing but!
We spent the night at Kirtle Burn Hut and set off for the highest point of the range, Mt Pisa. The eastern edge of the range is a series of cirques with small vertical but varied terrain. The normal west to east flow of winds means the area gets huge amounts of blown snow.
Unfortunately snow conditions weren’t that fantastic however we rode a few decent lines. It’s an area id like to spend a lot more time in.
A week or so later we checked out the dumbbell lake area behind Ohau. Easy access from the Ohau ski area and a $25 single chair ride make it a pretty easy day tour but there is plenty of options in the area.
We rode a rocky couloir with a not so great entry down into the huge basin, on booting out the top I realised I had snapped a boa cable on my boot and headed back to Ohau just in case.