Gottleibs

Fiordland National Park

Treble Cone

Gottliebs is just beyond the ski area boundary and is great for short ski tours.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
4.3 km
Ascent
163 m
Descent
707 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
42˚
Gottleibs Map

The easiest way to reach Gottleibs is to hike/skin up above Motutapu chutes until you reach the ridgeline. From here you get spectacular 360 degree views. Drop down and keep heading skier's right until you reach a saddle with a ridgeline spreading out towards your left. You will be above the furthest part of the Motutapu Chutes. Walk the ridgeline up and you will reach the summit of Gottleibs (this may require a scramble up some steep rocks but it's nothing too strenuous).

Description

More incredible views await at the top, showing off Treble Cone at its best. You need to ski the south face, which should be to your left with Treble Cone behind you. This face is amazing - it's pretty open and there are lots of small gullies to ride. It's a long ride down to the valley floor but in my opinion is some of the best terrain in the southern alps.

Once reaching the valley floor you will need to put skins on and start the long but mellow slog back to the chairlift. You get incredible views of the Motutapu Chutes from the bottom and if its a good day you can easily get a few runs in (if your legs allow).

Make sure you take avalanche safety gear and tell someone where you are heading. You're a long way from patrol and will be out of sight from the resort.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

August, September, October

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins