Our good friend Ash Cotter, a Kiwi local, asked us to join his group at a new backcountry hut. They are now very hard to book so we jumped at the chance. Meanwhile, New Zealand had some of the worst weather in history with flooding, howling wind, road washouts, the most rain in history. Despite the bad weather we were able to luck out with a few epic days which made the whole trip worth while. We climb up hill, avoiding avalanche terrain, find nice stable snow and ski down. There are no other people around, and its just great.