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RCN

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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. :(
 

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It's very frustrating that the NZ snow predictions and the Victorian coronavirus numbers are both heading up at the same time.
 

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Desert Road is closed with heavy snow this morning.
Yes - snow on the hills above Ohakune. And Ruapehu closed for the day....sigh
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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.
 

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Hopefully Mt Ruapehu will hang in long enough.
 
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RCN

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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).
 
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GlenH

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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.
Yes we have been watching flights too but they just keep pushing the starting date back. Hopes are certainly fading.
 

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Cardrona is reporting a 7 day accumulation of 54cms. And their base just topped a metre at 1860 asl.

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
 

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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)!

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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)!

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Great Pics thanks - really missing NZ this year - in plaguey-droughty ol Vicco. :oops:
 
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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?
 

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I just saw Remarkables is opening for another week
I never knew they were shutting, are they not doing the whole season?
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?
 

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Looks like they had around 15-20cm at the Remarks and there are chairs on the new Sugar Bowl lift.......no patrons yet.
 

GlenH

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What's the story with remarks opening days for the rest of the season?
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.
 

teleroo

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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.
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Upper Whakapapa looking good too.
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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 :(
 

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: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
 

pedub

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Seems everywhere has taken a beating from the warm norwester :crap: anyone been out this weekend?
 

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I should be there right now, but sadly of course am not.
 
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I should be there right now, but of sadly of course am not.

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.
 

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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.
 
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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.
Thats a good discount, shows what they make during a regular season....
 
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