Epic August of Powder Snow

When August 1 arrived, so did the snow and we enjoyed fantastic powder snow throughout the month. I had a special guest here from Canada and one special day we used a helicopter to ski all the way from Wanaka to Mt Cook and back, putting in 20 runs in […]

New Zealand winter off to a slow start

We had an unusually slow and warm start to winter this year. But come August 1st 40cms of snow fell and set the winter off in style with great powder skiing in the Buchannan Mountains near Wanaka. It proves that August really does remain the most reliable month to ski […]

Skiing Terrace Peak

I’ve been looking at Terrace Peak from home for more than 15 years. It’s west face glows in the afternoon sun. It’s all about timing, the right people and weather. Early September and it’s too dangerous (avalanches), too late and all the snow has gone. Finally pulled it off with […]

Private Iceland and Greenland Ski Tour Complete

I’ve just returned from another epic 3 weeks ski touring in Iceland and Greenland with six keen kiwi skiers. We met in Reykjavik and headed to the north side of the country. The skiing was amazing, high above the deep blue ocean. After a week in Iceland we flew to […]

Spectre Expedition Complete – photos uploaded

I’ve just returned from the 60 day Spectre Expedition. We covered 1,700km, climbed the Spectre mountain via  anew route and battled weather, sustrugi and crevasses. It was an amazing adventure and we completed it in good style. Possibly the first ever expedition of it’s type in Antarctica! Check out a […]

Off to kite ski and climb in Antarctica

At the southern end of the Transantartic Mountains lie a group of Granite mountains reminiscent of the famous Fitzroy massif in Patagonia called the Organ Pipe Peaks, a subgroup of the Gothic Mountains within the greater Queen Maud Mountains. Their centre piece the awesome spire of the Spectre. I’m leaving […]

Epic Winter and all Safe in Gulmarg

Just checking in from Gulmarg, India in mid February and happy to report epic snow cover and there’s no evidence of the debilitating strikes that plagued the region for 5 months over summer. The locals are stoked we came back and very happy to see the few people skiing the […]

Skiing Powder on the Antarctic Peninsula

We arrived back from Antarctica this morning and what another amazing trip. This was my third trip to ski on the Peninsula and I’ve never skied so much powder! We had a great smooth fast trip down on the 100m ship, with fine dining and great service. There was almost […]

2015 NZ heli-ski season best in 10 years!

As the winter winds down in Wanaka, New Zealand we look back at one of the best winters that NZ has seen in a decade. Great snow, deep powder, stable conditions and exploring runs that I hadn’t skied in years. Here is a photo of the south west face of Mt […]

NZ heli-ski season is CRANKING

There’s been some fantastic early season powder this year with regular storms and great coverage. I have a feeling the cost of a days heli-skiing in NZ is going to raise substantially next year, so get in this year and enjoy a very special day out……