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nzboardlife 05-03-2008 10:58 PM

Regional: New Zealand and Australia
NZ Report

"All major earthworks are now completed on The Stash at The Remarkables, and work has begun on creating the features, including this trapezoid feature (pictured), unique to the kilometre long run.
A Jake Burton signature run, The Stash at The Remarkables is designed to provide riders with a big mountain terrain park that follows the natural lines of the mountain. Features include rock-wall rides, log jibs, cliff drops, a stone hut and other obstacles hidden away.

The Remarkables Manager Ross Lawrence said it was a time consuming process creating the features, particularly the wooden features that needed to be carefully crafted, and finally sanded and coated with polyurethane to enhance slickness and enjoyment for all freestyle riders and skiers.

Scheduled to open for the 2008 winter season, The Stash at The Remarkables is only the third run of its kind worldwide and the first in the Southern Hemisphere." -

"An all-natural environment, The Stash uses no metal or plastics to create obstacles, only stone, wood, dirt and rocks. Even the signs that direct riders to The Stash are hand carved out of stone and wood and are designed to be jibbed.
“No two runs on The Stash are the same, every time you drop in you get a completely new riding experience,” says Jeff Boliba, Global Resort Director at Burton. “Jake and our team developed The Stash with The Remarkables because we have always shared the common goal of taking snowboarding to the next level”.

“What we have created with The Stash is a totally different experience that has all of the makings for an awesome ride with plenty of opportunity for getting creative with each run,” said Ross Lawrence, Manager for The Remarkables. “Our well developed park system has already made The Remarkables a firm favorite with snowboarders, and the addition of The Stash will only make us more of a destination for snowboarders worldwide.”

Located in the bowls of Serpentine and the Galleries trails, The Stash is aimed at intermediate and advanced riders. The Stash can also be found in Avoriaz, France and Northstar-at-Tahoe, USA.
The Stash at The Remarkables is scheduled to open in July, 2008." -

The original Stash run at Northstar

YouTube - The Stash

"Snow falls overnight and off and on today has blanketed the Southern Alps leaving skiers, snowboarders and mountain crews buzzing with anticipation for the season ahead.

The Remarkables Ski Manager Ross Lawrence said the mid-winter conditions had changed the landscape from green to white.

“We’ve received 20cm of snow and experienced some good snow falls. It’s starting to ease a bit now but temperatures are still very cold at around minus two degrees,” he said.

Across the valley at Coronet Peak, 10cm of snow has fallen and continues to fall on the road below the development of the new base building.

Further north, Mt Hutt has received 10cm of snow." -

The Remarkables on May 2nd

Pictures of Turoa(Mt Ruapehu) on the 20th of April after a cold southerly blast, it is forcast to snow lightly all of monday.

"A Queenstown based heli-ski operator has been granted the first ever concession from the Department of Conservation to operate in public conservation land in Southland.

Alpine Heli Ski Ltd can now access terrain in the Livingston Mountains, Mt Mavora and Tooth Peak areas, located between Lake Te Anau and Lake Wakatipu, from the start of the heli-ski season in July.

The area boasts peaks as high as 2,100m due its close proximity to Fiordland and the Tasman Sea, with the Livingston Mountains receiving heavy snowfalls during the winter.

Alpine Heli Ski Ltd co-owner Tim O’Leary said the company had been working closely with DOC for a number of years to ensure its operations would have minimal impact on the environment as well as making it a feasible heli-ski option for the company.

“We’re delighted to be the first operator to offer heliskiing in these beautiful backcountry areas of Southland,” he said. “We’re hopeful that our close relationship with DOC will see more exciting heli-ski terrain become accessible in the future.”

Mr O’Leary said Alpine Heli Ski Ltd’s reputation as a professional, responsible, and environmentally aware operation were all factors that contributed to being granted the concession.

Alpine Heli Ski already offers the largest area of heli-ski terrain in New Zealand surrounding Queenstown, Wanaka and Mt Cook, and has also secured permission to operate at Branches Station near Queenstown this season.

The Station is one of the largest high country stations in the South Island with peaks rising to over 2,000m.

“Branches Station is an iconic New Zealand high country station and offers some of the best heliskiing in the Southern Lakes region,” said Mr O’Leary.

Mr O’Leary said access to a vast range of terrain significantly increased the company’s chances of finding perfect snow on any given day.

“When I go skiing I want the best possible conditions I can find, and this is what we’re constantly aiming to achieve for our clients.”"

"As the white stuff falls this winter, Coronet Peak is going green.

The skifield hopes to reduce carbon emissions by implementing a vehicle reduction plan – involving hitchhiking and car-pooling for people going up the mountain. The plan is also designed to help reduce demand for carparking.

In a bid to encourage car-pooling, parking facilities will be stationed at the base of Coronet Peak Road and at Arthurs Point. Hitching posts will be set up on the outskirts of Queenstown and at the base of the access road. People driving alone arriving after 8.30am will be required to park in a lower carpark and use a shuttle bus to get to the base building.

Ski area manager Hamish McCrostie believes the strategy will manage available resources in the most environmentally-friendly way. “Thousands of people each winter day leave Queenstown for Coronet Peak. We need to take pressure off our carparks and we need to encourage our visitors to use energy efficiently.”

There were times last year when Coronet Peak staff had to display “full” signs at ski area carparks – which was “frustrating” and a “waste of energy on many levels”, McCrostie says. “First step for us is to work with available resources to make them as efficient as possible. “We have to start changing our behaviour to make the best use of our resources. We’re asking people to work towards car-pooling and reducing vehicle use when they come skiing or riding.”" - The Mountain Scene, May 1, 2008, Celia Williams -

Opening Dates:

Mt Ruapehu:
Whakapapa OPENING ON Sat, 14 June 2008
Turoa OPENING ON Sat, 14 June 2008

Mt Hutt OPENING ON Sat, 14 June 2008

Treble Cone OPENING ON Mon, 30 June 2008
Cardrona OPENING ON Sat, 28 June 2008
Snowfarm OPENING ON Sat, 21 June 2008
Snow Park OPENING ON Fri, 20 June 2008

The Remarkables OPENING ON Sat, 21 June 2008
Coronet Peak OPENING ON Sat, 7 June 2008

Hope this helps anyone planning trips/fellow nzers.

Ask any questions here.

I will keep an updated report about the snowfall here before the season starts.

nzboardlife 05-04-2008 01:27 AM

Heavy snow warning for the middle of the north island on the 6 o'clock news tonight. 20-30cm expected for Ruapehu.

ollie 05-04-2008 10:46 AM

that looks great! especially the stash, because im actually making plans to head over to avoriaz in france with my uni next year n its one of the reasons why i want us to go there! god i cant wait to get to nz!
hey nzboardlife, where bouts are u based during the season?? going to be in wanaka with a couple of mates myself..

nzboardlife 05-04-2008 03:46 PM

I am based in the North Island but i hope to make plenty of trips south with mates and my uni board team.

May 2nd, Cardrona ticket office

killclimbz 05-05-2008 07:23 AM

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Nice man! Good to see some southern hemi stoke. Looking forward to mid winter pics.

Suburban Blend 05-05-2008 08:22 AM

Here is to you getting HEAPS of powda

nzboardlife 05-08-2008 07:28 PM

Snow reported for all major ski feilds either sunday or monday, or both.

nzboardlife 05-14-2008 08:04 AM

Simply^Ride 05-14-2008 08:50 AM


Originally Posted by nzboardlife (Post 51264)

Looking good. :thumbsup:

daysailer1 05-15-2008 11:03 AM

Looks like my co-workers from Winter Park are going to be working again real soon. Hope you guys enjoyed the past month off and got some rest.

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