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Old 05-15-2008, 06:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Personally i don't know, But there are a shit load of trucks, quite alot of logging/milk tankering and then theres just the general highway 1 truck'n. I am in no way they person to ask though
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Mt Ruapehu. Made me laugh. -Snow.co.nz
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Stupid skier

Hey is that a recent shot?
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:48 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Think so, Latest one in Pre-Season 08 section of their site

"Cardrona Valley Gondola Approved

Press Release by Snow Park NZ at 6:24 pm, 14 May 2008

The Lee family in the Cardrona Valley received approval today to build the first gondola in New Zealand to access a ski resort.

The $16.6million gondola project will service Snow Park NZ, Waiorau Snow Farm and a third planned ski area, Roaring Meg Resort.

The 3.8km-long gondola will ascend 975 vertical metres from the Cardrona Valley floor to the ski facilities on the Pisa Range. It will transport up to 1000 people per hour in gondola cars each holding eight passengers.

This is a landmark decision for the future of snow holidays in New Zealand said Sam Lee Snow Park NZ manager. "We have world class facilities available and can now deliver the whole package to ensure safety, ease of passage and an enjoyable mountain experience to our visitors. It is immensely important
we can develop not only the ski fields but the means of access to them. There are so many benefits, we are thrilled," he said.

The proposed 300-hectare Roaring Meg Resort will offer downhill skiing and an expansive beginners' area. With five chairlifts and the longest run covering 1800m the resort will exponentially add to the freestyle and cross
country snow sports already on offer.

The approved proposal, submitted in July 2007, carries very few amendments relating to the engineering, design and environmental aspects. The consent's key conditions focus on the development of public walking tracks around the top gondola station and across the valley. All of which have been agreed to.

The plans will now include the creation of an ecological walk around the top gondola station and to link with the Thouy's Gully DOC track, information cards in each of the gondola cars educating passengers about the history and important ecological sites along the gondola path and to allow the Cardrona Valley trail connecting Cardrona township to Wanaka crossing the Lee family property.

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That's the smartest thing I've ever heard. No more sketchy rides up to the ski field with your hand on the door knob ready to jump out.
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It probably also helps quite alot with any parking issues
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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mainfreight is one of the big shipping companies down here, or atleast in the south island...which is where the best snow is anyway
Yeah that gondolas definatly a good idea considering that road is used as a rally track for the race to the sky in summer....its definatly pretty sketchy in the snow with 2wd.

EDIT: also coming soon to snowpark is one of these bad boys BigAirBAG | Home
should be pretty insane...am thinking of going up to check it out once theyve got it...could be some carnage trying to get off it though?

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Old 05-19-2008, 03:46 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Yeh but i think because its at a very low air pressure it allows you to slide down a side at your own will, landing smack bang in the middle might be a bit of a challange to get off from. I can see some knob end smacking him/her self in the head with their own skis
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that picture is great. pretty intense looking wipeout for such a gentle slope.
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Snow Park NZ Lighting Up For Night Sessions This Season

Snow Park NZ will be the first and only resort in Lake Wanaka to offer night skiing and riding this winter season providing visitors with more time on the mountain and a unique experience on snow under floodlights.

Eight floodlights have been installed across the terrain park allowing skiers and riders full access to the east-side Box-run, with many intermediate and beginner boxes, rails and jumps on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5pm to 9pm throughout July and August.

To coincide with the launch of night riding Mountain Dew Night Sessions, an amateur snowboard rail jam series, will be held on six nights throughout the season – culminating to an invitational finale. Cash prizes are up for grabs after each round with finale winners taking home grand prizes of $6,000 for men and $3,000 for women.

Sam Lee, Snow Park NZ manager is delighted to be able to offer snow sports enthusiasts more time on the mountain. “For skiers and riders who are time short during the day, they can pop up to Snow Park in the evening to get their turns in. Being on snow at night under flood lights is quite thrilling, and with relatively uncrowded slopes and a hot meal available in the Woolshed it will be a great alternative Friday night out,” he said.

The Woolshed Restaurant and Bar offers an excellent viewing platform across the park for night sessions, serving hot tasty food to keep riders going on the cold winter nights. Live music from local bands and djs will keep the Woolshed buzzing on Tuesday and Friday nights throughout the season.

Night skiing/riding is available either as an add-on to a day pass or as an individual night riding pass. Individual night riding tickets are just $35 for adults and $20 for youth. Night riding is inclusive for all season pass holders.

Held on Thursday nights from 5pm the Mountain Dew Night Sessions will take a jam format for riders to earn points throughout the series. The Thursday competition nights include 19 June, 3, 17 July and 7, 28 August with the invitational finale set for Friday September 5.

Visitors keen to make a night of it can book in to the on-mountain accommodation; the luxury apartments and backpacker bunkrooms are now open for bookings.

Snow Park NZ is scheduled to open 13 June, for further information visit Snowpark NZ - ABOUT

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Pro rider Shaun White on the wall ride at Snow Park NZ Photo Credit: Snow Park NZ
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