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The Top 10 Lift Accessed Ski Lines in New Zealand

New Zealand's ski resorts might be relatively small but they provide access to some incredible adventures

Description

The so-called "Land of the White Cloud", New Zealand is one of the World's most beautiful and peaceful countries. The weather is not always particularly peaceful but the unpredictable and often savage climate means that ski conditions can suddenly transform and provide you with an unexpected gift.

The beauty of the routes described here (which are a combination of pure freeride lines and short ski tours accessed from a lift) is that they all sit on slightly different aspects across various ski areas. As such, skiers armed with a car, some flexibility and the ability to judge conditions will have a great time working their way through these lines and (hopefully) skiing them straight after snowfalls!

Soho Basin
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Soho Basin

Fiordland National Park
2 - 3 hrs
5.1 km
548 m
360 m
32 °
Fantastic easily accessible ski touring that's perfect for a first tour.
Easy
Private
Roundhill Touring
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Roundhill Touring

Roundhill Ski Field
1 - 2 hrs
2.6 km
344 m
344 m
31 °
Easily accessible touring straight from Roundhill Resort
Moderate
Private
The Doolans
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The Doolans

Fiordland National Park
1 - 2 hrs
3.8 km
404 m
580 m
39 °
Great skiing that gets you well away from the resort and the crowds
Moderate
Private
Grand Couloir
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Grand Couloir

Fiordland National Park
1 - 2 hrs
3.1 km
442 m
606 m
53 °
A fantastic couloir, well away from the crowds
Severe
Private
Diangulator
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Diangulator

Fiordland National Park
412 m
45 °
213 m
2.1 km
An awesome hidden gem of a couloir!
Severe
Private
Elevator
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Elevator

Fiordland National Park
271 m
40 °
72 m
1.5 km
The classic of the Alta Chutes, which can sometimes make Elevator over-popular.
Difficult
Private
Matukituki Basin
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Matukituki Basin

Treble Cone
384 m
42 °
E
8 m
1.5 km
Another bowl in the Home Basin offering incredible views and great terrain.
Difficult
Private
Motutapu Chutes
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Motutapu Chutes

Treble Cone
408 m
40 °
S
0 m
0.9 km
The infamous Motutapu Chutes - New Zealand sidecountry at its best
Severe
Private
Super Pipe
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Super Pipe

Treble Cone
319 m
33 °
S
0 m
1.0 km
A steeper walled pipe that collects a lot of snow
Difficult
Private
Escalator
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Escalator

Fiordland National Park
274 m
36 °
75 m
1.5 km
The middle Alta Chutes, much quieter than its neighbours
Difficult
Private