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Old 09-04-2012, 06:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I am not a Kiwi- a Brit living in Oz actually. I was in Wanaka on the South Island last week for my annual fun in Kiwiland. It was great as usual and we started with a powder day so that was good. I spend most my time at Treble Cone as it is an amazing resort with lots of great terrain. Also had a day heliboarding in Mt Aspiring National Park which was wicked. Back in Oz now and we are having great snow here too so off to Mt Hotham, one of our resorts in Victoria at the weekend for more powder.

Once the season ends it will be time to book Niseko in Japan for northern hemisphere winter. I never realised living in Oz would give me so much access to snowtime! Its ace!
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I hear the prices for passes in OZ are crazy expensive?

Snowolf, OZ is definitely your best bet. As amazing as NZ is, you would probably be able to find a better job there with much higher pay. I imagine you are looking in and around Perth? Every now and then I do browse for work over there too.
Cost of living is higher there but I've been told proportionately with regard to income it is about the same.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Kiwi here, was down in queenstown last week. Spring snow :/
Heading to Utah December though!
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Old 09-23-2012, 12:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Im usually on Ruapehu for the winter season, but outta the country this and next year. Headin to European alps!
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:02 AM   #15 (permalink)
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haha missed this thread it seems! I'm living in Wanaka, usually work at Ruapehu most winters.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:20 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Man I was late on this thread.

Live in Auckland, mostly go riding down in Queenstown/Wanaka though since I tend to take a week or two of leave for a decent length trip rather than do weekenders.

Our fields just feel like postage stamps having been to Canada though :/ Still love Cardrona on a good day though.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
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hey guys,

I am one of the many Brits living in New Zealand, hope you don't mind me joining this thread?

Stoked about this season, lets hope it follows the northern hemisphere. I mainly board Hutt, Club fields, Queenstown, Wanaka etc. Hutt got a big dump last night, could be the start of a base for the season!! Fingers crossed!!

Where else do people suggest for a trip? Wanted to head up to the north island fields but think you had a tough season last year?!
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Sweet as! Seasons going to start next month[ish]! Ohakune Mardis Gras on 29th June I believe.
Good to hear there is a bit of snow building.

From what I understand the fields down in the south island are better.
Yeah it was a pretty average season last year. If I recall correctly, there was a forum member who posted a vid of themselves and it was at Whakapapa, all you could see was rocks to the left and right
For the North Island, Whakapapa on a good day is pretty awesome otherwise Turoa is your best bet for everything else imo.

I saved up quite a few of my leaves for this season but what do you know? I get a new job starting in june..........

Planning to head down to Wanaka this year but will otherwise be at Ruapehu most weekends! Cant Wait

I'm up in Auckland as well. You could always do your week long trip with the other weekends at Ruapehu
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If I recall correctly, there was a forum member who posted a vid of themselves and it was at Whakapapa, all you could see was rocks to the left and right
So nothing different than normal? Seriously, Ruapehu is a volcano with massive rocks, the amount of snow needed up there to cover them and get the season going is usually what hutt can survive on all season.
That being said, yeah they did actually have a rough season last year, but so did we in Wanaka.

Ruapehu is hands down the best natural terrain overall - it just lacks decent park and consistent weather. I've managed to get the best of both now by working in wanaka for winter and then getting that last month at ruapehu when the southern lakes closes.

I will never do another season at shutt. Ever, again. Ever. 1. Boring terrain 2. sub par weather and snow conditions 3. below average park and classic park crew that thinks they're hipper and better than they are 4. busy days are paaaacckkked - long chair waits plus the small mountain size means you're battling everyone else as you ride.

Would check out all the clubbies if you haven't; Ohau, Cragie, Olympus, Llyford, Broken River etc - just once for something different is always fun.

Ruapehu is worth checking out but you need to spend at least a week or more up there to have a chance at some decent weather (last spring I spent 2 weeks waiting in Ohakune and only rode two half days because of rain)
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I will never do another season at shutt. Ever, again. Ever. 1. Boring terrain 2. sub par weather and snow conditions 3. below average park and classic park crew that thinks they're hipper and better than they are 4. busy days are paaaacckkked - long chair waits plus the small mountain size means you're battling everyone else as you ride.
I get where you are coming from with Hutt, but in terms of weather and snowfall it did pretty well last season and even with its shut days had a longer season than any of the other ski fields in NZ I think. My girlfriend is learning so the chairlifts make life a lot easier than the club fields and living in christchurch its on our doortstep and managed nearly thirty days there. We did do Cheeseman, Porters etc. and then Coronet (wasnt so impressed) and remarkables (loved the park there). Havent braved the infamous nutcracker anywhere yet...

Have a week down queenstown way in July, so thinking Cadrona and treble cone, maybe a day at ohau on the way home. Can't wait.

See you on the slopes!!
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