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Mount Wall

Heading out to Mount Wall from Cheeseman ski field

Ski Touring Difficult

9.7 km
1.5 km
1.5 km
6-7 hrs
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
1.9 km
Mount Wall Map

Driving up to Mount Cheeseman you can’t help but take in the view of Mount Wall. Being just to the north it is a big face which much steeper slopes then the ski area. Sitting at the lodge you have a clear view of the south facing lines with steep chutes before arriving into an open bowl. This ski tour links together two great lines and if the snowpack is good then the exit isn’t that difficult. If the snowpack is bad I wouldn’t recommend taking the first run and just follow the ridge to the north until riding down to Mount Wall.


Leaving from the Cheeseman parking lot head up the main groomer until arriving up on the ridge. From here make your way north over to the summit of Mount Cockayne and spot your line down the northeast face. This chute is a great descent but we experienced it in ice so wait until the sun softened up the slopes. Throw a few rocks into the line and once they leave a dent then that’s a sign that it will hold your edges during a turn. Riding down this is a nice chute which goes all the way into the valley just Southeast of Mount Wall.

Once down in the valley start making your way up the northern stream but make sure to stay in the basin before starting to climb the face. The slopes ramp up quick so for us it was easier to just switch over to crampons. The face itself has numerous different chutes to choose from so it is easy to spread out. There are no bad options when it comes to what line you want to ride so once on top just strap in and make some steep turns back down into the basin.

Once you’ve descended to around 1100 meters it is a bit of a challenge getting back up to the road. More likely than not there won’t be snow but just head south clawing your way up the hill for 20 minutes. Soon enough you will be back on the road and walking up to the parking lot. If Mount Cheeseman is still open make sure to head into the lodge and buy a coffee where you can sit at a table and checking out your tracks from earlier in the day.

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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.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between August and November


  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons

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