After a good skate I left Tasman and explored the nearby 'Blue Lakes' (they looked green!) Skated on the bottom lake and the top one. The top lake had the best ice I have skated on - fresh hard and (green) clear. Middle lakes were dry. Just fab.
Next was a walk to Mueller Glacier and was pleased to be able to skate in behind the island on Mueller Lake. What a fabulous backdrop to skate under. Great ice - smooth and hard - so smooth it felt wet but was dry. Hard to leave.
Headed back to finish off with a skate on the Lower Manorburn - again very good ice especially in the upper basin. The drive down to Omarama was spectacular through the hoar frost.
Big day but most satisfying!
|Tasman Glacier Lake|
|Blue (Green?) Lakes|
|Mueller - what a backdrop|
|Upper Basin - Lower Manorburn|
Ice report: Lower Manorburn has good ice in the main and upper basin. Skate with the frost.
Mt Cook: Mueller has some skate able ice behind the island but would need a good check to see if it is still ok. Blue Lakes have ice but only the top one is free from (thrown) stones. Top lake has fabulous ice.