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Summer Boarding Trip 2012

Winter snowboarding season is pretty much over, (at least where I live) and its about time to start planning for the next trip!!! This past winter season I spent in Colorado and aside from a handful of EPIC days the snow was pretty terrible as I'm sure most of you experienced. Anyways I'm getting stoked for the summer season. I got a season pass for Cardrona resort in New Zealand because the early bird prices were ending and in my keen state of mind I was all over that. But im still open to suggestions because its refundable...Chile...Argentina...anywhere that's cheap to stay and board for a couple months. Anyone else planning an awesome summer boarding trip or has any previous experiences that they would like to share??
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I'm leaning towards that, heard some great things...i'll be around for a couple months and i'm just worried that the mountain is not big enough to entertain me for that long...and there are no trees
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What are Chile and Argentinas seasons, what months do is it start and finish.

I'm looking into doing a lot of travelling over the next fews years entirely based around Snowboarding and Wakeboarding. I just can't keep doing it without making some money. Heard you can make good money teaching English in Chile. A thread discussing different ways to fund long Snowboarding trips could prove useful cool:
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I'm leaning towards that, heard some great things...i'll be around for a couple months and i'm just worried that the mountain is not big enough to entertain me for that long...and there are no trees
Grab a Ruapehu season pass and do a mix of North and South riding. Ski New Zealand's largest skiing area - Mt Ruapehu.
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What are Chile and Argentinas seasons, what months do is it start and finish.

I'm looking into doing a lot of travelling over the next fews years entirely based around Snowboarding and Wakeboarding. I just can't keep doing it without making some money. Heard you can make good money teaching English in Chile. A thread discussing different ways to fund long Snowboarding trips could prove useful cool:

So I'm an international teacher and that's exactly how I fund my trips. I've looked into Chile a lot and unfortunately from what I gathered south America doesn't pay very much money. Around $800 US a month which covers living because its cheap but its not enough for travel costs. Asia pays a lot, Korea, Japan and China but you have to look hard for the good jobs because many of them have shitty vacation. University has the best vacation, I get about 5 months paid vacay but they are the most sought out jobs so usually you have to put in time at a shittier school until you gain enough experience to get a uni job. Although if you have a masters degree your set.
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Grab a Ruapehu season pass and do a mix of North and South riding. Ski New Zealand's largest skiing area - Mt Ruapehu.
If you were choosing between Cardrona and Mt Ruapehu what would you go with? Mt Ruapehu looks awesome, access to two mountains which are individually bigger then Cardrona and a ton of backcountry access. Hmmmm
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I have never been to the south island. Have snowboarded on Ruapehu the last 2-3 years.

Season runs longer at Ruapehu than it does at Cardrona.

Ruapehu is one mountain, two skifields (plus a private ski field - different pass).

Ruapehu is not a powder mountain. It is all exposed and any powder gets blown off straight away 90% of the time. Expect a lot of ice especially in the back country early on in the season. Best time to go if you are into back country would be spring (late August onwards).

They don't exactly run a great park at either ski field. Maybe a few big jumps and a couple of boxes and rails. Nothing to get excited over.

Plenty of natural features though!

If you are after quality snow go Cardrona.

If you want a long season with awesome back country go Ruapehu.

At Ruapehu you can climb to the summit and board down to the other skifield. Here is a video from the summit down to Turoa Mt Ruapehu, Turoa Summit GoPro HD pole cam - YouTube

Both ski fields on Ruapehu are large so its easy to avoid crowded runs.

Sorry don't know much about Cardrona!
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I have never been to the south island. Have snowboarded on Ruapehu the last 2-3 years.

Season runs longer at Ruapehu than it does at Cardrona.

Ruapehu is one mountain, two skifields (plus a private ski field - different pass).

Ruapehu is not a powder mountain. It is all exposed and any powder gets blown off straight away 90% of the time. Expect a lot of ice especially in the back country early on in the season. Best time to go if you are into back country would be spring (late August onwards).

They don't exactly run a great park at either ski field. Maybe a few big jumps and a couple of boxes and rails. Nothing to get excited over.

Plenty of natural features though!

If you are after quality snow go Cardrona.

If you want a long season with awesome back country go Ruapehu.

At Ruapehu you can climb to the summit and board down to the other skifield. Here is a video from the summit down to Turoa Mt Ruapehu, Turoa Summit GoPro HD pole cam - YouTube

Both ski fields on Ruapehu are large so its easy to avoid crowded runs.

Sorry don't know much about Cardrona!
Thanks dude solid advice.... I've been scouring the internet for information and I was interested in Rupehu because apparently it gets more then twice the amount of snowfall then Cardrona, but if it all blows off the mountain then that's useless... hmmmm
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