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|06-11-2009 10:07 PM|
Ok the 6 of us have confirmed our booking for the second week of August. We will be staying in queenstown.
Next step: Good places to hire gear from in Cchurch/Qtown. Any suggestions of places you have had good/bad experiences with? I have all my own gear but we will have 1 skiier and 1 boarder who need to hire gear.
As it stands we will probably spend a couple of days at coronet peak, then my plan is to head to cardrona for 1-2 and back to the remarkables to wind down.
|05-20-2009 10:55 PM|
Hey - it looks like you are getting some quite good info but I thought I would add in my 10c worth. My home field is Mount Ruapehu in NZ's North Island but I learnt to ride in the South and ride there as often as I can so I offer some unbiased advice.
You cannot beat Queenstown for location and lack of distance to a variety of good commercial fields (20 - 40 mins on a bus from accommodation to hill. Good night scene, great restuarants and really is New Zealand's adventure tourism capital, i.e. bungy, white water, jet boating, paragliding etc etc. Downside is it is comparatively expensive to elsewhere in NZ but if you are coming from overseas the exchange rate should work in your favour.
Wanaka is also a gorgeous location. It is smaller and more laid back than Queenstown and has less of a night club scene. Still has fab restaurants/bars and you can do most of the same sort of adventure tourist activities as you can in Wanaka. It is only about 1.5hrs drive from Queenstown.
If you only have a week - I would base myslef at one of these towns.
Cardrona (closest to Wanaka but accessible from Queestown - about an hour to hours and a half drive) is best for park/pipe and has a good range of really open green and blue runs. It is however, less interesting for anyone who is up to riding blacks. They were also doing a fab breakfast of porridge, cream and irish whisky last time I was there
Coronet Peak (closest field to Queenstown) is the field that feels the most commerical or touristy to me - really good rentals if needed by your group however. Lift lines drove me nuts last time I was there though This is important in NZ as runs tend to be shortish when compared to overseas so you spend a lot of time admiring the view from the lifts or standing in line. It also has a goodish park. If, however, you can only ride one mountain and your group is of mixed experience - then go here as it has the best range of runs of various levels.
Treble Cone (Wanaka is closest town) is really good if your group is more intermediate to advanced - steeper longer runs and more interesting natural terrain. Not too good if anyone is restricted to greens as there is not many of those. Along with Cardrona this is one of my favourites!
Snow Park is also pretty awesome. If any of your group is into park they should give this a go - massive purpose built terrain park just outside Wanaka. Huge selection of pipes, rails, hits, and jumps.
The one field I cannot offer any insight on is Remarkables as I have never been there
As far as I know there is not anything like a ski only multi-pass that covers all the fields apart from a seasons pass for Hutt, Coronet and Remarkables (all owned by the same operator). The closest thing I have heard of is the NZ Superpass NZ Super Pass which appears to be some sotr of activitiy/ski pass rolled into one.
|05-11-2009 05:22 PM|
1m base already is crazy.
Australia had 30cm of snow about 3 weeks ago (First snow in April in 13 years) and people were dancing in the streets, most of it has melted now anyway but NZ is going crazy very early this year.
Definitely going if I can get people to agree, looks like we will be going with a group of at least 4, possibly up to 8.
|05-11-2009 04:19 PM|
Just had about 50cm drop on hutt over the weekend. Base of around 1metre already, with another month 'till open day.
Looking to be another epic season in the south island
|05-10-2009 10:21 PM|
from what your saying it sounds like Wanaka could be a better option.
Cardrona has a good mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain as well as a good park.
And treble cone has some real nice terrain as long as the snow and weather are good.
Wanaka should have enough going on to keep you busy during off-days and at night.
Its also cheaper than queenstown, and if you really want to go queenstown isn't that far away over the crown range to hit up remarks or coronet.
Remarkables has some good park options with the 'stash tho which is definatly worth checking out.
Ive lived in methven for a year and there really isn't much happening there unless you know some locals to show you round. But if you do choose to base yourself round Mt. Hutt then CHCH is prob the better place to stay if you want something to do at night, plus you have easy access to the club fields round canterbury
|05-10-2009 10:07 PM|
Originally Posted by nzboardlife View Post
|05-10-2009 06:19 AM|
|Lamb_||NZSki.comCoronet Peak, The Remarkables & Mt Hutt Lift Pass Prices scroll down a bit to the multi day pass.. they're interchangable between mountains.. and it gives you a day out of how many you purchase to not go.. but other than that you'd have to go consecutively and I don't know what happens if the mountain is closed (re: Refund) so I'd find that out.. but you don't really save THAT much so I'd just buy as I went..incase something else came up etc|
|05-09-2009 08:17 AM|
Originally Posted by nzboardlife View Post
my evogear stuff showed up...man bonfire is baggy, some fools getting his steeze on this year...
|05-09-2009 08:12 AM|
|nzboardlife||Maybe i should sticky one of these threads and rename it 'Questions about traveling to nz' or something|
|05-09-2009 05:42 AM|
Yea ive been to Queenstown before, just in the summer, not to ski. Did the whole bungee jumping jetboating thing back then.
We will definitely go to Qtown.
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