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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 11:54 PM
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That is super weird that there are no trees on NZ resorts. I'll get off my ass and look up why that is one day...
This got me thinking too. So I googled it.

Turns out its more to do with the elevation and ground composition.
At higher altitudes the thinner air makes it harder for plantation to grow and generally the higher up you are the rockier the ground is as the good soil gets washed down.
Makes enough sense I guess.
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This got me thinking too. So I googled it.

Turns out its more to do with the elevation and ground composition.
At higher altitudes the thinner air makes it harder for plantation to grow and generally the higher up you are the rockier the ground is as the good soil gets washed down.
Makes enough sense I guess.
I guess it does!
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Turns out its more to do with the elevation and ground composition.
At higher altitudes the thinner air makes it harder for plantation to grow and generally the higher up you are the rockier the ground is as the good soil gets washed down.
Makes enough sense I guess.
You can also add to that the fact that New Zealand's native trees are predominantly evergreen broadleaf varieties, which are not generally as tolerant of the extreme cold as the conifers and deciduous trees, like aspens, seen in other parts of the world. This tends to lead to the tree line being at a lower altitude than say the North American Rockies.

Apart from the main factor, being temperature, strong winds also stunt plant growth, and mountains can be surprisingly dry places when you get higher in altitude, which doesn't help.

All in all, the alpine environment is a pretty nasty place for any plant to grow.

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Im going up to Ohau next week and will make sure to post some pics
Please do, the missus and i are planning a long weekend there staying in the lodge at some point over the season!

With regards to trees and NZ resorts, I think a few of the smaller club fields in Canterbury have the possibility of tree runs (as long as they get dumped on!) and NZSki have started planting a few on Coronet as well. But yeah, would be nice to have em down here but the LOTR scenery more than makes up for it!
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