Mt Taranaki Our Loveliest Mountain?

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  1. 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.
     
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    I thought it was quite easy to go past Taranaki... LOL
     
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    and first ski field to open this winter
     
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    Such a nicer name than Egmont
     
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    Went for a look up there a couple of weeks ago. Very pretty.
     

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    It's pretty impressive when not covered in cloud
     
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    Can you ski up as high as 2500 metres
     
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    Highest lifted point is 1680m.
     
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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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    Have they ever considered increasing the lift height? Looks like it cops quite a bit of snow
     
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    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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    Are they only greens slopes higher than 1680m? Even Broken River and Craigieburn have rope tows to the top
     
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    So much potential!
     
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    Except it’s probably closed half the winter with wind/rain and snow. It’s pretty close to the coast.
     
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    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)
     
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    Very thoughtful of the Club to put the toboggan slope just above a cliff.
     
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    hehe, didn't notice that
     
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    They wont go much higher. Its steep as shit and some of the most iced up rimey slopes youd probably find anywhere..
     
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    that does not sound too exciting, at all
     
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    the late spring summit ski-off is one of my all time global faves
     
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    Is New Zealand.
     
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    wonder why rope tows are so popular, rather than pomas?
     
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    Massey Ferguson power
     
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    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.
     
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    Some good October skiing on Taranaki today.
     

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    Top tow too.. well done.
    Went offshore in town in the afternoon.
    A chance to win the fabled Naki quinella.
    (I didn't)

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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.
     
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    I should also say that there is good surf around that coast so it a tradition to ski + surf on the same day.
     
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    & 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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    Looks like season over.