Cora Lyn to Broken River , Ski Touring.

# Alpine
(Mt Cook)
Ewbank Aid Water Ice Mixed Boulder
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  In seasons when the snow cover is good there is a surprising amount of good skiing to be had in the Black Range and across the northern Craigieburn Range via Cass Saddle. The full through trip takes anything from 5 hours upwards – depending upon how many of the side basins are skied. The route is best started from the Main West Coast highway at the gate - map ref 2400615E, 5796335N (NZMG Sheet K34) – before you cross Broad Stream. Head up MacKay Stream and find the old deer track on the true right. You would usually expect to reach the snow line in about an hour. From there you can skin up the basin to the Black Range at between either of the two points marked at 1854. The general route follows the ridge heading South with plenty of opportunities to ski a number of basins on either side of the ridge. There is also some good skiing to be had by heading North East towards Mt Misery. From the high point marked at 1912 overlooking Cass Saddle there is a choice of several routes down to Cass Saddle. Follow the slopes on the Cass side of the ridge. Cross into the basin at the head of Hamilton Creek – this requires either a long traverse back to the saddle or a climb back up to the ridge. From Cass Saddle skin up the slopes towards Mt Hamilton – about a 60 minute climb – and pick any one of the routes down to your transport. Note: There is an avalanche risk at the head of MacKay Stream which you will need to assess. An alternative route to the ridge can be made via the first side creek on the true right which takes you up some steep screes onto the main Black Range ridge. There are many variations on this trip particularly from the Cora Lyn end, such as: Mt Bruce from the Lagoon Saddle track Lagoon Saddle opens up access to the Mid Hill basins The Lagoon Saddle hut can be used for overnight trips Other trips in this area include Bealey Spur up to Hut Spur and the possibility of runs into Power Stream. From the Craigieburn end, the run down from Mt Hamilton to Cass Saddle and even across to Peak 1912 is well worth the effort. Although on a hot day the climb back up from Cass Saddle can be quite warm.
Natural pro: 
James Broadbent
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