Mt Taranaki Our Loveliest Mountain?

ScottGN

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It might only be the 65th highest named peak in NZ at 2518 metres but it’s hard to go past Mt Taranaki, especially in winter.
 

KL.

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1680m is quite low, so I guess the Taranaki lifted ski area would be quite sketchy for most of the ski season.
 
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sbm_

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Have they ever considered increasing the lift height? Looks like it cops quite a bit of snow

It would get more wind affected and sketchy the higher you go. And clubbies being clubbies I bet 1) they have their hands full and funds stretched keeping the current tows alive and 2) they're all quite happy to just walk up there when conditions are sweet.
 
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KL.

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Are they only greens slopes higher than 1680m? Even Broken River and Craigieburn have rope tows to the top
 

KL.

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So much potential!
looks (really) great at the top. sometimes, apparently, when papa and turoa aren't open, taranaki can be. shame they aren't all connected by RAL (which hopefully remains non profit)
 

Rabid K9

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wonder why rope tows are so popular, rather than pomas?

Simple. Cost effective. Minimal infrastructure. Thinks it's been explained at length somewhere in here.

Can't compare an isolated volcano with the Craigieburn Range though.
 

rowdyflat

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I lived there for a year 1981 , its a beautiful mountain but wild weather and cloudy a lot , gets 300 inches of rain annually approx.
I walked to the top in autumn its a scree slope ,there is always snow in the crater.
Above the top tow is seriously windswept ,constant steep icy Double black diamond stuff , you would slide for ever.
Wet snow avalanches occurred in 1981 after heavy snowfalls.They buried and bent the handrail of the walking access track to the skifield.
Why do they use rope tows in NZ ? = cheap , not affected by wind , its obvious + its not a nanny state like Australia so you are allowed to jam your finger in the pulley.
 

dayzoff

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I lived there for a year 1981 , its a beautiful mountain but wild weather and cloudy a lot , gets 300 inches of rain annually approx.
I walked to the top in autumn its a scree slope ,there is always snow in the crater.
Above the top tow is seriously windswept ,constant steep icy Double black diamond stuff , you would slide for ever.
Wet snow avalanches occurred in 1981 after heavy snowfalls.They buried and bent the handrail of the walking access track to the skifield.
Why do they use rope tows in NZ ? = cheap , not affected by wind , its obvious + its not a nanny state like Australia so you are allowed to jam your finger in the pulley.
& that's what most Aussies love about NZ. The non Nanny State status. I spent 5 days skiing Turow last October then 5 days in New Plymouth with some surfing. Had a great time, there was no skiing on the Naki last year but I scored some offshore and great waves.
 
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Dave6

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Went for a bit of a wander up the the hill today. Didn't quite make it to the top as the the final climb was quite steep and icy. Didn't want to risk the inevitable slide back down to the crater. It is very pretty in there though.

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