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Old 05-07-2013, 02:45 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Yeah, I can't believe I stuck out 3 season at hutt. But as you say, it's right there and easy - back then they also had a semi decent park too. Coronet is the same as hutt, just with less park and black runs are slightly more accessible to everyone.

Turoa at Ruapehu is always open the longest. late June-early/mid November. Hutt just scores the longest in the south island usually.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:51 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Sweet, may try head for a north weekend at some point. Where is your favorite place to board on the south island?
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:02 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Sweet, may try head for a north weekend at some point. Where is your favorite place to board on the south island?
I've spent a few weeks down south in Queenstown/Wanaka at various times...

Personally I like Cardrona a lot, although it's mainly intermediate terrain and not much steep stuff. The snow tends to hold up better there than at other fields in the area too. Decent parks as well (well, by NZ standards). Just a nice field to go riding on.

Treble Cone has some pretty good challenging terrain and I think has the highest average annual snowfall of any of the NZ fields, I think it's also the biggest of the fields around that part of the country.

Avoid Coronet Peak unless it's had a lot of fresh snow. There's a reason everyone calls it Concrete Peak.

Haven't been to the Remarkables yet. Might check it out for a day when I'm down there in August.
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Haven't been to the Remarkables yet. Might check it out for a day when I'm down there in August.
Yeah the runs are pretty small but the park there is quality for beginners and intermediates wanting to try stuff and then a cool terrain park for the more advanced park riders, I think its the one Jake Burton built.
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Yeah the runs are pretty small but the park there is quality for beginners and intermediates wanting to try stuff and then a cool terrain park for the more advanced park riders, I think its the one Jake Burton built.
Sounds like it might be worth checking out for a day or two when I'm down there, pretty new to park riding but maybe worth a look, cheers.
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Treble Cone on a Pow day, Snow park any other day.
Not a big fan of TC to be honest, I worked there last year and got bored of it really quick. They claim to have as much skiable terrain as Whakapapa, which is a bit of a lie because they are counting the inbounds hiking terrain. There's 2 lifts, and it takes hours for them to open the second lift on a powder day, by which time half the town and their out of town familys are up waiting on the only track that access's that side of the mountain. Next thing you know there are elbows and punch's being thrown because these cunts are so depraved of powder and think it gives them god-like powers to ride... After that nonsense is out of the way, you have to wait another day or two for them to open the Motutapu Chutes. But them's the goods. If you're a good rider you can get lines there for a day or two which no one will go near because the entrance to some of them are narrow and vertical. Scope it right and you can traverse all the way back to the lift with minimal to no hiking.

All in all, it's overrated but it's the best you're going to get in the south Island. Powder days up north may only come once or twice a season, but at least when you get a pow day at Ruapehu there's a decent chance of getting a half day and it not being super busy. It seems everyone in Wanaka and the surrounds has an unwritten rule that when its a powder day, you must be up the mountain punching everyone in the face for that one and only run of powder you're going to get that day.

Cardrona is alright but relatively mild terrain - their park is good though, on par or better than Snow Park usually.

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How often do you get pow days down in the South Island?

With Turoa, on weekends you'll be in lift lines for 10-15mins. Weekdays are pretty empty all around.

Just had a look at the season pass, damn those things are dear. Cardrona was $770?? $1650 for Treble Cone??
Dang thats rough!
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Last season, sweet fuck all - I got maybe 4 days I would actually consider "pow days". At ruapehu I would get pretty similar (except 2011 - holy shit I had powder days for two weeks straight in October, not even exaggerating. October dumped. We used to duck the ropes to west and drop into amphitheater for all the wind loaded snow.)

The good thing about when I worked at Ruapehu was that when there was a big snow, the roads were all closed so decent powder days were just locals until about 11 or 12 before they got the roads cleared and opened and everyone managed to get up and funnel through the two man access lift. (National Park has far less residents than Ohakune so fuck yeah to the extra terrain with less people as well!)

You'll spend longer than that in lines at Turoa if you hit the wrong times. I've seen the line for the Express chair at Whaka's backed up past the get off for the centennial, and definitely waited up to 40 minutes for a chair at Turoa before.

Yeah TC used to be $1800 for a seasons. But people pay for it. Anyone who's anyone in NZ big mountain riding grew up ripping at TC. Personally I think Whakapapa has better freeride, terrain, but you have to earn it a bit more there with the locations and conditions.

It's funny watching the extreme comp though - you can tell the ruapehu riders up there, they are solid in all conditions. Watching some of the pros come in you can see they aren't used to it, even Will Jackways took a while to find his feet on the different snow conditions.

Ruapehu breeds solid riders, for sure.
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Treble Cone on a Pow day, Snow park any other day.
Just saw on Cardies facebook something about Snow Park being closed to the public this year...
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Yeah. It was an option they were weighing up last year as well I believe. It's shit in a bunch of ways, but mainly for the people who work there each winter as Snow Park already said those people were welcome back and they wouldn't be hiring new staff this year.

To be fair, Cardys has been taking Snow Park's spotlight in the past few seasons. They've made it harder for Snow Park - But Snow Park doesn't have a lot going for it really. They only have park, the location can be tough for some people to get there, and they haven't been keeping up with the rest of the world's parks in recent years (bomb holes everywhere, hardly ever changing features up).

I hope they sort it out for next season though.
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