Norrøna Ambassador Patric Poletto of Cervinia, Italy, checks in after ski touring trip to Mount Aspiring (3033 m.), of the “Southern Alps” of New Zealand this October:
“After a nice summer going up and down the European Alps it was time for “Southern Alps”. We left Italy at the end of September. Direction New Zealand. Our goal was skiing the west face of Mount Aspiring (3033 m.) also know as the “Matterhorn of the south”. Before that, while we were waiting for good weather to arrive, we skied in a few resorts and in the famous Club Fields.
As soon as the forecast was looking good for few days we started our ski-touring. Since the Mt Aspiring is in a very remote area is a tradition to get an helicopter ride, 2 hours away from the hut. Second day was wake up call very early and we started climbing up the steep face. As predicted, the weather was really good. No wind, sunshine and very good visibility. The snow was variable but we managed to go up the face quick and in a few hours we were at the summit enjoying the beautiful view of these new mountains.
We knew the condition of the face wasn’t going to be the best for skiing, but since New Zealand is not really around the corner we said:” let’s give it a try!” The descent wasn’t epic because the snow wasn’t really good, but we managed to ski the west face and as soon as we were back in the hut we both had a big smile on our faces.
And now? Now it’s time to go back to Italy, back to work and back to “our Alps”.
Mountain: Mt Aspiring (Tititea in Maori language) 3033 m.
Location: Southern Alps – New ZealandAccess: Wanaka – New Zealand
Accomodation: Colin Todd Hut
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