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Qua Peak South / South Seeman Peak

A fun little trip up the scenic peak behind the Ymir Lodge

Ski Touring Difficult

3 km
430 m
430 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.3 km
Qua Peak South / South Seeman Peak Map

This is a great little trip which is often done on arrival or departure day to make the most of a few hours. It can also be explored and lapped on a bad weather day, but the steepness and openness of some of the terrain on the upper face makes avalanche danger a consideration, so don't be too blasé about the face despite its proximity to the lodge.


Unless you're the first group into the lodge for the season or arrive immediately after a big snowfall, there should be a skin track already set from the previous team. If there isn't, climb gradually westwards from the lodge to reach the peak's west ridge. Follow this (sticking just to the right of the crest so as to avoid the large cornices to the north) all the way to the summit. The skin up is beautiful in good weather, and there's cell/internet signal all the way up, so it's a good spot from which to send photos and make your friends envious of your day!

Like many of the peaks around the Ymir lodge, there is some discrepancy between the official name shown on maps, and the name given to this peak on the lodge's own printed map. The map in the lodge refers to this as South Seeman Peak, but our map (and most others online) refer to it as South Qua Peak. Regardless of its official title, it's hard to miss and provides some wonderful face and tree skiing right above the lodge!



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between January and April


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Tree Skiing
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Skins

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