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Old 07-02-2008, 09:08 PM   #91 (permalink)
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mate is there at the moment, he said there's good cover on all the trails, but off-piste is looking a little bare. Will let ya know next sunday and will hopefully have some photos
Good to hear. U heading to Remarkables or Coronet as well? Wondering wot the cover is like on those 2 mountains coz ill be doing all 3.
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:15 PM   #92 (permalink)
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Na i got season pass for cardrona and theyre over in queenstown and i dont have any couches to sleep on there so prob wont be headin that way, could ask around and see if anyone has been over there though.
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:18 AM   #93 (permalink)
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nice, its sounding pretty decent, il be heading to wanaka in 2weeks time until mid september. anyone have an update on snowpark?? is there much open re the park in cardrona aswell or whats the story etc?
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Old 07-03-2008, 09:39 AM   #94 (permalink)
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snowpark looks fine, its open, chains needed.
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Old 07-03-2008, 06:07 PM   #95 (permalink)
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Cardronas park and pipe arent open yet. not sure when that'll be happening.
this is prob the best place to compare the bases of the mountains
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Will be heading to NZ in a couple weeks, flying into Auckland.

Which is the more preferred place to snowboard? I'm trying to decide whether I want to do Whakapapa and Turoa OR Coronet, The Remarkables, and Mt. Hutt. I can only do either the North or the South Islands for this trip.

I'm an intermediate boarder comfortable on blues.. not quite good enuf to be good powder or off-piste yet. Any suggestions would be great.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:50 AM   #97 (permalink)
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Will be heading to NZ in a couple weeks, flying into Auckland.

Which is the more preferred place to snowboard? I'm trying to decide whether I want to do Whakapapa and Turoa OR Coronet, The Remarkables, and Mt. Hutt. I can only do either the North or the South Islands for this trip.

I'm an intermediate boarder comfortable on blues.. not quite good enuf to be good powder or off-piste yet. Any suggestions would be great.
I have boarded both sides of Ruapehue, Coronet and Remarkables, so i'd like to think im fairly qualified to answer this. Out of those four fields the best for ya will most likely be Turoa.

Coronet is very icy at times, and I personally don't like the lay out to much and the runs can be very plain, but shreddin' the gnar is never boring right?

Remarkables is awesome if you're advanced, it has wicked chutes but is lacking a solid base at the moment. Though if you're into park they just opened up NZ's first 'Stash' run, which is a big draw card for me.

Whakapapa, can be terrible at worst and mind blowingly wicked at the best. You just good weather and Out West to be open, they have lotsa fun blues with awesome natural features.

Turoa, you can kinda see where I'm going with this. I cannot say enough about this field. I just had two wicked bluebird days in a row, and it was unbelievable. Natural booters, powdery chutes and park to boot. I love this place.

But I will have to say, do not leave out the Wanaka fields, Cardrona is probably the best boardin' to be had in NZ and its close to Treble Cone and Snow Park. Factor in Wanaka for ya travels.

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Old 07-11-2008, 07:27 PM   #98 (permalink)
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yea Turoa has some good wide open slopes and some nice valleys etc so will keep ya interested.
The north island fields are bigger however less reliable for weather, you can go there for a week and only get 2days in, where as down south ya more likely to get 5/7 days, however this is just from my experience.

I havnt been to the queenstown fields so cant give advice on them sorry.

Mt Hutt has a good base and is definatly a good field for intermediate riders, it has wide open slopes of varying steepness, some chutes and drops. a halfpipe, a park (3 kickers and various rails) and a mini park which is just different rails etc and they often have some smaller jumps down one of the green runs.
I would definatly recommend Mt Hutt for an intermediate rider, spent a season there in 06 and it was mint.
only downside is it is not as big as those up north, but if you planned on travelling a few of the fields down south then this wouldnt be a problem as theres more than enough to keep you from being bored.

but yeah you should definatly consider Cardrona, it has mostly blue runs and a very progressive park.
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went to ruapehu for a week, turoa was icy as hell and whakapapa was A-Ok, then the weather packed in and i came home
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Old 07-19-2008, 04:21 AM   #100 (permalink)
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just had my first taste of new zealand boarding today - not bad! was in Cardrona for the day n apart from it being a complete white out(weather which is expected to persist until monday so therel be some serious powder after!) we basically had the mountain to ourselves after a while because most people couldnt handle the conditions!heh! seriously dodgy drive back down because visibility was at around 5feet! cant wait to get back out there
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