Black Peak Ski-Touring
This is a trip report of a ski touring trip
I did while I spent three weeks in New Zealand. Most of this
time was spent in Wanaka and the surrounding area. I
participated in two of Aspiring Guides’ courses during this
time. During other times I skied at Treble Cone. This page
concentrates on the avalanche awareness course run by Aspiring
The avalanche awareness course was to be
held over a four day period in July However, weather in latter
part of the course was disrupted by incoming weather.
The day prior to the official start of the
course the members met at Aspiring Guides’ office in Wanaka. At
this time gear was inspected and last minute preparations were
made. Arrangements were made for an early morning departure to
Treble Cone ski area.
Early the next morning we made use of the
lifts at the ski area to gain the summit area of Treble
Cone. From there we descended down to the ridge that would
lead us to the hut below Black peak. The ski trip took us
approximately six hours. That night we learnt some theory
of conditions controlling the likelihood of
The following day was spent studying the
factors controlling avalanches. Of coarse some time was made
available for some skiing. Later in the day one of the bindings
on the skis I was using broke. The weather forecast for the
following day (and my broken binding) resulted in us ordering a
helicopter to take us out.
The balance of the course was conducted at
and near the Treble Cone ski area. I found the course very
good and learnt a considerable amount about avalanches (at
least enough to make me very wary of avalanche territory).
The only disappointing aspect of the course was the snow
cover but I am coming to realise that this is the way New
I can highly recommend this course to
anybody. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. An
added advantage with Aspiring Guides is that most of their
programs have a two day contingency. This means that if the
weather is unstable at the beginning of the course they will
postpone the commencement for up to two days.