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Old 04-22-2010, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Have searched but wondering what everyone recommends for this years season passes in NZ.

relatively newbie but love the park, i can get a student pass for the remarks so thinkin' that would be the way to go, yeah??
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have searched but wondering what everyone recommends for this years season passes in NZ.

relatively newbie but love the park, i can get a student pass for the remarks so thinkin' that would be the way to go, yeah??
I'm also heading down to Queenstown this season for the first time. I've done a bunch of research and the general consensus is this as far as I can tell.

Coronet Peak: Seems to be everyone least favorite, can be icy, usually pretty crowded, decent enough slopes.
Remarkables: Can also get icy, not so crowded, some good parks and stuff, good for absolute beginners but still enough to keep intermediates and advanced riders interested.
Treble Cone: Hard to get to and takes a while from Queenstown but apparently has awesome terrain and views and good quality snow. Not much here for beginners, but intermediate and advanced riders will like the challenging slopes. Not so park oriented, but heaps of awesome freeride terrain.
Cadrona: This comes up as the pick of the bunch for most people. A bit of a drive from QT, but good snow, challenging enough, with some kick ass park and slopestyle areas. Absolute beginners will still enjoy it, but plenty of stuff for everyone, freeride and freestyle friendly.

Alternately you could hit up some of the club slopes, I hear some of them are really fantastic but small, with hardly any crowds and some really good snow if you know where to look. Skipark may be a good place to go if your serious about park.

Would love to hear from someone who has actually been though, this is all secondary information and could be entirely wrong.
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I have only done 10 days in NZ on 2 separate trips in mid August (3 years ago I think).
First trip we spent 4 days at Cadrona. Snowed a couple of times when we were there (nothing huge). Seemed to have a decent park setup. Couple of ridges and stuff in bound you could hike to get some POW. Seemed to have a nice variety of terrain.

Next trip was 4 days Remarkables 1 day Coronet. Dumped like 1m combined the night before first boarded there and the night between the 1st and 2nd days So it was quite nice (At the remarkable only). At the back of the Remarkables resort are the sides of a bowl which you can hike up once all the inbound Pow is used up. Did start getting icy 3 days after the second dump though. Only went to coronet for one day as it was really, really icy and no fun.

Did a heliski trip the first time I was there. I thought it was great at the time but have since realised (thanks to the remarkables trip and a Japan trip I did this year) that it wasn't so much.

I'm going back this year for another 5 days on snow and will probably spend most of my time at Cadrona.
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Coronet Peak: Seems to be everyone least favorite, can be icy, usually pretty crowded, decent enough slopes.
Remarkables: Can also get icy, not so crowded, some good parks and stuff, good for absolute beginners but still enough to keep intermediates and advanced riders interested.
Treble Cone: Hard to get to and takes a while from Queenstown but apparently has awesome terrain and views and good quality snow. Not much here for beginners, but intermediate and advanced riders will like the challenging slopes. Not so park oriented, but heaps of awesome freeride terrain.
Cadrona: This comes up as the pick of the bunch for most people. A bit of a drive from QT, but good snow, challenging enough, with some kick ass park and slopestyle areas. Absolute beginners will still enjoy it, but plenty of stuff for everyone, freeride and freestyle friendly.
Your summary of the resorts is pretty much spot on IMO, I havent been to Treble Cone but the other 3 are as above. Although Remarkables has 2 parks and they are better than the Cadrona setup IMO, although im not a massive park rider. However the Cadrona setup is still pretty good.
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