Mt Cockayne

(1 route)

Mount Cheeseman Ski Area

Type: 
Mountain
Altitude: 
1874m
Lat/Lon: 
-43.151286000000, 171.661463000000
NZMS260: 
K34 011 831
Topo50: 
BW20 912 215
Reference Title Grade Length Quality Bolts Gone Natural pro Edit link
BROKEN RIVER TO CHEESEMAN SKI AREA, Ski Touring.
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Grade 1/2 380 metres From the top of the main rope tow at Broken River, put on skins and travel south-west along the undulating ridge – over Sunny Peak, on to the spot elevation 1884, and continue to another small bump (K34: 018850), where the ridge to Mount Wall heads east. Approximately 30 minutes from Broken River ski area, the day lodge of which is still visible. The basin that descends to the NE of here is known as “Yukon bowl”, and is a pleasant 240 vertical metre ski descent down to a flat area where skins can be re-applied for the climb back out. There are steep rocky slopes below here, and on either side, so going back up the fall line is the best option, rather than trying a short cut return directly towards Broken River. From 018850, to go on to Mount Cheeseman, ski down the main ridge to the south-west and skin up, over the point marked 1834 and then a few zig-zags up the north ridge of Mount Cockayne, which overlooks the Mount Cheeseman skifield. 3.5 km and 75 to 90 minutes in total from Broken River to Cheeseman Ski Area. In reverse, similar times from Cheeseman to Broken River. A ski descent can be made SW off point 1834 into the headwaters of Cockayne Creek, if snow conditions suit.