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Mt Bowen, Our back yard

Splitboarding / Ski touring in the heart of Queenstown. 5 minute walk from Queenstown centre to the skyline gondola.

A quick vertical rise of 450 meters using Skyline's gondola 

A quick vertical rise of 450 meters using Skyline's gondola 

The best time of year to get snow at low levels is during August and early September.

5 minute boot pack to the snow line from the gondola

5 minute boot pack to the snow line from the gondola

Quick boot pack to a point where we are happy to transition to touring mode.

Skins poles and a split transition... Don't forget to turn on your trancever! 

Skins poles and a split transition... Don't forget to turn on your trancever! 

Now comes the time to become in touch with your surroundings as you skin into the mountains. Keep in mind we have only walked from Queenstown center 20 minutes ago. We are very excited to see the snow line so low and anxious to see what we might find.

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People ask me why skin up when you can go to a resort and catch a lift?

untracked powder lines as far as the eye can see with a true understanding of the surroundings... a better sense of belonging
Backside of Bowen Peak, almost at the summit

Backside of Bowen Peak, almost at the summit

At this point it is good practice to keep in view of your party, NZ conditions can change quickly.. 

Bowen Peak with the icy post pointing to Ben Lomond on the right.

Bowen Peak with the icy post pointing to Ben Lomond on the right.

Summit of Bowen Peak Queenstown NZ! Happy to all make it and it only took 1.5 hours with the help of the initial bump from the gondola. Decided not to take photos on the ride down, just rode in the moment. It was so good we walked back up to do another.

Posted on October 2, 2017 and filed under Splitboarding.