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Old 04-14-2009, 06:17 AM   #21 (permalink)
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"Tow grippers or nutcrackers, as they are often known, were widely used in the 1940s. The rider wears a harness around the hips.[4] To this is attached a clamp, much like the nutcracker from which it derives its name, which the rider attaches to the rope. This eliminates the need to hold on with the hands, reducing fatigue and allowing faster tows. The nutcracker device is essential on longer and steeper tows, as the rope runs over pulleys ino order to keep it off the ground. [5] Nutcrackers are still used at Meany lodge in Washington state,[6] and Mount Greylock Ski Club in Massachusetts.[7]

There are a few rope tows with nutcrackers running in Australia. They are now confined to isolated ski lodges, except for the Mount Mawson "club field" near Hobart in Tasmania which boasts four rope tows. In New Zealand nutcracker tows are very common, with them being at: Tukino, Maunganui, Rainbow, Mt Lyford, Hanmer Springs, Temple Basin, Broken River, Craigieburn, Fox Peak, Mt Olympus, Awakino and Invincible. [8][9]

To skiing purists in New Zealand, rope tows epitomize the rugged, 'back to basics' character of club skifields, and serve to keep these slopes free of the large crowds that more popular resorts receive. However, with a degree of determination and effort, once mastered, rope tows provide a unique skiing experience. They are reliable, can run in a variety of weather and snow conditions (including high winds), and can be maintained relatively cheaply (often by volunteers)."

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"NUTCRACKER: New Zealand club fields are where it’s at"
NUTCRACKER: New Zealand club fields are where it’s at

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Old 04-15-2009, 04:34 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Has anyone been to Hamner ski field? and is it any good (just for a day visit?)
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:44 AM   #23 (permalink)
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not yet i meant to get up there last year.

A friend was doing some work up there and he reckoned there was 3 people on the whole field midweek lol.

Apparently this field is quite dependant on a good season, and not guaranteed to be open at all. This is only hearsay though so I wouldnt take it as gospel.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:03 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Hey guys, anyone know if I'm wasting my time coming over from 22 Jun til 6 Jul? Obviously there will be more snow in late Jul-Aug but yeah got free time then so...

Proposed 2009 skifield opening dates:
Coronet Peak - 6 June
Mt Hutt - 13 June
The Remarkables - 20 June
Cardrona - 26 June
Treble Cone - 27 June
Turoa - 20 June
Whakapapa - 27 June

By the looks of it Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt and The Remarkables will be open by then.
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You can never predict these things... One year, Hutt had no snow until Aug and even then there was only 30cms. Other years, by the end of June, Hutt had a 90cm base. Because Coronet is so much lower than the Remarks, the base can be really variable in depth esp at the start of the season.

I'm usually an optimist so I usually think that there is always bound to be something fun somewhere!
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I believe a 10 cm hit on the 8th of this month means good things to come, early start I hope?..

Across the valley at Coronet Peak, 10 cm has fallen. Hamish McCrostie, Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager, echoed the sentiments expressed by Mr. Lawrence saying “that whilst snowfall at this time won’t stick around until winter it is certainly a timely reminder that winter is on its way. It also serves to reinforce the long range forecast of a longer, colder winter for the South Island this year.”

Maybe hell will freeze over and we can ski there too, well fingers crossed, for my sake and everyone else hitting it up early.
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:22 AM   #27 (permalink)
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yeh i heard about the early snow hopeful a good indicator of whats to come. So pumped accomodation an flights are booked new snowboards on the way, its all coming together. Lets just hope NZ live up to all the hype that I've heard (if not we'll just get really pissed and run amuck)
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I'm considering going to Chile or Argentina instead as these places, though I've never been, are considered as pretty good powder destinations. I could always head over to NZ on a weekend. Season starts there early June, so late June shouldn't be a huge risk, well maybe?

Any thoughts...
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I'm considering going to Chile or Argentina instead as these places, though I've never been, are considered as pretty good powder destinations. I could always head over to NZ on a weekend. Season starts there early June, so late June shouldn't be a huge risk, well maybe?

Any thoughts...
Yeah should be all good. We have had a couple of dumps on mt Hutt but nothing sticking around as yet.

Due for another late next week i think. Id schedule a trip late july you should be sweet.
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thats what I'm thinking, maybe I'll duck over on a weekend or two late Jul, it's only a 2hr flight! For the time I have free though two weeks late Jun early Jul, South America looks tempting coz I'll have time to get there and hang out for a bit. NZ's not really a powder destination is it, I mean its good but it aint like the champagne powder you get in Japan, it's more along the lines of what we've got in Aus. Right?
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