5 of the Best Ski Runs in the South Island of New Zealand
Winter has come, ski fields are opening and the anticipation begins. We are all waiting, dusting our gear off, waxing and sharpening edges eager to get on piste for a new season. Here at Global Culture we have a few mad skiers and boarders, myself included, so I thought I would tally up in no particular order my 5 favourite runs for New Zealand’s South Island.
A super long and steep run that catches the snow from the south. A real leg burner. It stays in the shade most of the day so in early season it can be a little icy. Mid season it’s a winner.
Towers is great when the snow is on. Easy access and great skiing between large towering boulders. Lap after lap towers is always a winner. Steeper at the top then into some wide open chutes on a great fall line.
The best part about Temple Basin is the lack of crowds. Bills Basin is even less crowded due to the hike. A magnificent open bowl with zero grooming that's right in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.
At the top of The Remarkables Shadow Basin chair take the walking track skiers right to the top of the ridge. Some great runs are accessed from here including Escalator. A narrowish chute down to Lake Alta. Short but sweet. Stay high on the exit if you’re a snowboarder as the traverse out can be a little long.
Saddle Basin at Treble Cone is one of the best places to be on a Pow day in NZ and the mine shaft that runs down below the chair is unbeatable when getting first tracks.
Let us know your favourite runs or if you're heading over this winter! Hit us up in-store and see if we can help with some directions. Don’t forget to grab some T’s to take home to mark the visit. One of our all-time top sellers Sheep Shades has a reflection of the Remarkables in the glasses. Check it out here.