1. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Après topics.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

NZ 2020

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Hermannator, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2006
    Messages:
    17,531
    Likes Received:
    33,217
    Location:
    Blue Mtns, 1100M.
  2. RCN

    RCN Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2019
    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    139
    I've given up hope of skiing in NZ this winter. Will not be buying a Mountain Collective pass and will wait for Qantas to cancel my SYD - ZQN flight for mid August, to get a refund. :(
     
  3. craighelo

    craighelo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    419
    Location:
    Cromwell
  4. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    It's very frustrating that the NZ snow predictions and the Victorian coronavirus numbers are both heading up at the same time.
     
  5. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    26,483
    Likes Received:
    10,604
    Location:
    Adelaide
    Very frustrating. A few careless idiots in Melbourne look to have shot down my plans, just when there was a some hope. :(
     
    Zeroz and craighelo like this.
  6. ScottGN

    ScottGN One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2010
    Messages:
    2,662
    Likes Received:
    2,478
    Location:
    Wakatipu, Te Waipounamu
    Maybe up to 25 cms on the Desert Road tonight into tomorrow with snow lowering to 500 asl.
     
    craighelo likes this.
  7. N0frilz

    N0frilz Addicted

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    113
    No reason you cant go just have to be prepared to for 2 weeks in nz to take 6 weeks...
     
    craighelo likes this.
  8. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    ...................... and find an aeroplane.
     
  9. ScottGN

    ScottGN One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2010
    Messages:
    2,662
    Likes Received:
    2,478
    Location:
    Wakatipu, Te Waipounamu
    Desert Road is closed with heavy snow this morning.
     
  10. teleroo

    teleroo Ignored Member Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2019
    Messages:
    1,144
    Likes Received:
    2,730
    Location:
    Illawarra
    Yes - snow on the hills above Ohakune. And Ruapehu closed for the day....sigh
     
  11. pedub

    pedub One of Us

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2015
    Messages:
    939
    Likes Received:
    647
  12. Secretcookie

    Secretcookie Addicted

    Joined:
    May 31, 2014
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    268
    What a shot from the webcam. Pretty good start throughout the country this year, yet to see if the slopes are quiet as I’d been looking forward to.
     
    chunky, teleroo, ScottGN and 2 others like this.
  13. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2002
    Messages:
    5,647
    Likes Received:
    4,219
    Location:
    Bouvet Island
    Obviously Victoria turning into a plague infested cesspit of death doesn't help things.

    But the message I got was NZ has a general election on 19 September. It would not be a good political look
    if Jacinda let in a bunch of Australians in (say) August, who then spread Covid among the delicate voters of NZ.

    So irrespective of what happens in Australia, October at the earliest.
     
  14. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    Hopefully Mt Ruapehu will hang in long enough.
     
    #164 GlenH, Jul 2, 2020
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2020
  15. Dumphfish

    Dumphfish Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2017
    Messages:
    109
    Likes Received:
    99
    Feels like a good old fashioned winter down here in the south. Cold and lots of precipitation. Next week or two is shaping up to be pretty outstanding.
     
    Untele-whippet, Zimbooo and ScottGN like this.
  16. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2017
    Messages:
    3,000
    Likes Received:
    3,435
    Charts look fantastic for Southern lakes. Enjoy you lucky people.
     
    craighelo likes this.
  17. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    Go on, make us Australians jealous.
     
    craighelo and Zimbooo like this.
  18. ScottGN

    ScottGN One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2010
    Messages:
    2,662
    Likes Received:
    2,478
    Location:
    Wakatipu, Te Waipounamu
    Cardrona is reporting a 7 day accumulation of 54cms. And their base just topped a metre at 1860 asl.
     
  19. craighelo

    craighelo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    419
    Location:
    Cromwell
    TC was a bit lacking at the weekend but no people :)
     

    Attached Files:

    Untele-whippet likes this.
  20. RCN

    RCN Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2019
    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    139
    Heart breaking to see how good conditions are in NZ this year, but with no chance of a trans tasman bubble happening this winter. Qantas has cancelled my Sydney to Queestown flights in mid August (earliest SYD-ZQN is now 17 August), so at least that gives me certainty that the trip won't be happening. Hopefully the Australian season will turn out decent (last year was pretty good).
     
    climberman likes this.
  21. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    Yes we have been watching flights too but they just keep pushing the starting date back. Hopes are certainly fading.
     
  22. snowgum

    snowgum One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 4, 1999
    Messages:
    4,924
    Likes Received:
    2,920
    Location:
    vic
    Howdy, that’s very good for so early in the season. Not that surprised. The systems that have smashed WA have largely slipped south upon reaching Vic & NSW.

    When this happens those fat lazy old Aussie high pressure systems tend to slingshot front NE across the Tasman - to deliver your goodness. Enjoy the goods. You want be swamped by the Western Isle this year! ;) :D
     
  23. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    As a border blocked Australian I may have to unsubscribe from this thread! ;)
     
    craighelo and snowgum like this.
  24. craighelo

    craighelo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    419
    Location:
    Cromwell
    Some great new web cams at Treble Cone to assist https://www.treblecone.com/webcams/
     
  25. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2017
    Messages:
    3,000
    Likes Received:
    3,435
    New Sugar Bowl chair at Remarks must be close to operational. Any news?
     
  26. N0frilz

    N0frilz Addicted

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    113
    What happened at hutt today to cause the issue with the 6 pack?
     
  27. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    craighelo likes this.
  28. Centago

    Centago One of Us

    Joined:
    May 20, 2008
    Messages:
    417
    Likes Received:
    251
    Some obs from 2 days skiing Coronet Peak over the weekend. School holidays here at the mo and it appears Kiwis have come to Queenstown/Wanaka in big numbers. Very grateful to be out skiing given the covid situation elsewhere - fingers crossed NZ can keep on top of it.

    Sat 12 July: Up at sparrows as carparks were filled by 9.30am the previous day and a 1 down/1 up car policy was required on the access road. Made it to bottom of access road at around 7.35am and traffic was nose to tail top to bottom - you could see red tail lights snaking all the way up the mountain. Got to cafeteria of base building at 8.10am and have never seen it so busy - the place was packed to the rafters.

    The skiing itself was good, nice dry chalky snow on piste if a little slick in the usual high traffic areas. Off-piste fantastic coverage of snow but a little chopped up and firm in parts. 16 runs to kick off my season.

    Sun 13 July: Overnight steady rain to ~1300m. Website report stated "a day for the enthusiasts" and they were right - a massive change from previous day with bugger all people up there - and I got absolutely soaked. Precip continued until approx midday - heavy snow up high and rain at the base. Unfortunately the very lowest elevations got rinsed and were starting to look pretty ugly (although decent snowmaking since appears to have recovered these areas). Up high around 25-30cm fresh snow, which had blown into some really nice deep pockets.

    The skiing itself was an interesting mix - really nice boot-deep powder turns for the top 150m elevation, then heavy powder/sticky fresh snow turns, then fun rain-soaked slushy turns for the bottom 100m elevation. The weather cleared early afternoon and the snow condition improved notably - I believe the moisture was being drawn out of the snow as the mid-elevations lost that heavy/sticky consistency.

    Another 16 runs - happy to stick out a lunch break even though soaked rather than head home, as the arvo clearance made it worthwhile.

    Pics below - first 2 are from Saturday and remainder from Sunday arvo - including some scenery shots from the flight home. Plenty of snow in the Garvie Mountains (northern Southland)!

     
  29. snowgum

    snowgum One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 4, 1999
    Messages:
    4,924
    Likes Received:
    2,920
    Location:
    vic

    Great Pics thanks - really missing NZ this year - in plaguey-droughty ol Vicco. :oops:
     
    Kimski likes this.
  30. Whatever really

    Whatever really Addicted

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2017
    Messages:
    296
    Likes Received:
    237
    I just saw Remarkables is opening for another week I just saw,
    I never knew they were shutting, are they not doing the whole season?
     
  31. ScottGN

    ScottGN One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2010
    Messages:
    2,662
    Likes Received:
    2,478
    Location:
    Wakatipu, Te Waipounamu
    They were going to go to weekends only after the school hols. Coronet is staying open throughout.
     
    Zimbooo likes this.
  32. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2017
    Messages:
    3,000
    Likes Received:
    3,435
    Originally, before the season started they indicated that they would be open every day during NZ school holidays and then go back to just weekends for this Covid season. Maybe they will be running / testing the new sugar bowl chair next week? They may be also testing the waters to see if there are enough customers between Coronet and them to keep both open midweek after the holidays?
     
  33. Whatever really

    Whatever really Addicted

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2017
    Messages:
    296
    Likes Received:
    237
    Ah makes sense, thanks all
     
  34. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2017
    Messages:
    3,000
    Likes Received:
    3,435
    Charts look great for more solid snowfall next week.
     
    Dumphfish and ScottGN like this.
  35. ScottGN

    ScottGN One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2010
    Messages:
    2,662
    Likes Received:
    2,478
    Location:
    Wakatipu, Te Waipounamu
  36. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2017
    Messages:
    3,000
    Likes Received:
    3,435
    Looks like they had around 15-20cm at the Remarks and there are chairs on the new Sugar Bowl lift.......no patrons yet.
     
  37. N0frilz

    N0frilz Addicted

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    113
    I think they were aiming for the end of the month to get the new lift going.
     
  38. pedub

    pedub One of Us

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2015
    Messages:
    939
    Likes Received:
    647
    What's the story with remarks opening days for the rest of the season?
     
  39. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    their web site says:

    For 2020 we will be open Saturdays & Sundays only from 27th July - 25 September. Then open daily through the School Holidays until 11 October.
     
  40. teleroo

    teleroo Ignored Member Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2019
    Messages:
    1,144
    Likes Received:
    2,730
    Location:
    Illawarra
    Ruapehu season starting to fire up. Bit of local angst about having to pre-book car parking spaces to even get onto the mountain. Can see some pros, but more cons for the diehards. Usual icing up dramas last night, High Noon six pack doesn't look like they got it going until 11:30 am or so but could see crews out on de-icing the bugger earlier in the morning. Hard working crew the Turoa de-icers. But faroot - spectacular looking mountain on a blue bird day.

    Anyways a few pics:

    Turoa mid-field. Still a little rocky but base looks set.


    Upper Whakapapa looking good too.
     
    Zimbooo, ScottGN, Dave6 and 1 other person like this.
  41. teleroo

    teleroo Ignored Member Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2019
    Messages:
    1,144
    Likes Received:
    2,730
    Location:
    Illawarra
    Oh.. and one more from Ruapehu for a little sunset ambience. I believe the lift here isn't running this season due to pared back operations.
     
    Zimbooo and ScottGN like this.
  42. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    722
    Likes Received:
    619
    The Pinnacles, always my favourite Whakapapa view.
     
    snowgum likes this.
  43. pedub

    pedub One of Us

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2015
    Messages:
    939
    Likes Received:
    647
    Just got on the ferry over to Picton in the van, will post some pics wherever we end up getting to. Although looks very mild tonight everywhere :(
     
  44. craighelo

    craighelo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    526
    Likes Received:
    419
    Location:
    Cromwell
    Does this cheer you up any?
     
    pedub likes this.
  45. pedub

    pedub One of Us

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2015
    Messages:
    939
    Likes Received:
    647
    :eek: yea plenty of precip in forecast but FL pretty high. Anyway, what will be will be. Seems Southern lakes will be the first stop atm
     
  46. pedub

    pedub One of Us

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2015
    Messages:
    939
    Likes Received:
    647
    Seems everywhere has taken a beating from the warm norwester :crap: anyone been out this weekend?
     
  47. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    26,483
    Likes Received:
    10,604
    Location:
    Adelaide
    I should be there right now, but sadly of course am not.
     
    #197 Heinz, Aug 2, 2020
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2020
    essjaywhy likes this.
  48. N0frilz

    N0frilz Addicted

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    113
    It sucks not getting to the southern lakes but its a small price to pay for the Kiwis who did the hard yards to get rid of covid.

    Fingers crossed next year trips over the Tasman are back on.
     
  49. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    Messages:
    26,483
    Likes Received:
    10,604
    Location:
    Adelaide
    Sent an email to HMH in Wanaka saying how I was missing them. They say it is quite a bit different and leaner this year, but with the 30% discount offer to entice more Kiwis to heli for the first time, their bookings have been quite solid, so they have applied the discount for the whole season. A good opportunity for those that are there.
     
    essjaywhy likes this.
  50. N0frilz

    N0frilz Addicted

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2015
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    113
    Thats a good discount, shows what they make during a regular season....