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Ben Lomond Winter Mission

Martin, Ross and Clem head on a daybreak mission up Ben Lomond, Queenstown.


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Touring the Remarks

By Ross Flatman, Rentals @ outsidesports

Looking for something to get you away from the crowds whilst your skiing?

Head for a ski tour in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, The Remarkables. In just 45mins you are up to an altitude of 1600m and at the base for a number of great tours.

With huge dumps at the start of June, the 2013 season has kicked off with over a metre of snow base to the Remarks, filling in many chutes and faces that are worthy of donning the skins and getting up to.

The easiest chutes to get to are the Alta chutes on the NW corner of Lake Alta. With a Remarkables lift pass these are only a 10 minute walk from the top of the Shadow Basin chairlift. From the top of the ridge ridge there’s plenty of choices, from the steep and narrow Elevator to the wide open face of Boulder Basin.

Boulder basin

Looking for a challenge? Head for the opposite side of Lake Alta. A short skin from the base building, up beside the Alta chair will take you 10 minutes, from here you are on your own as everything ahead of you is inaccessible to those who don’t want to walk.

From the photo you can see two possible descents from 2030m. Skiers right is a wide open alpine like face, which if the snow conditions allow, will be an unforgettable ski. Skiers right has a very steep and slightly more technical top section, but opens out to provide the same rewarding smile!

Alta skin

Want more? For the more adventurous there is the highest peak in the range. This is where our crew of Outside Sports staff headed on Saturday the 29th June. A tour up Double Cone and down into Wye Creek. The skin up from the saddle and onto the East Face provides some steep, exposed and challenging skinning conditions, with the very peak requiring a boot pack up 60 degrees. From here the ski down the east face through a grand couloir and down into Wye Creek is a great ski. Wide open faces and tight steep turns provide everything you wanted after the 2 hour climb. After the descent, a quick 30mins on the skins gets you back up to the saddle to ski back down through the ski fields for a well earned beer! A great morning tour for the advanced skier looking to head into the backcountry!

east face


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