Yes we have been watching flights too but they just keep pushing the starting date back. Hopes are certainly fading.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.
Cardrona is reporting a 7 day accumulation of 54cms. And their base just topped a metre at 1860 asl.
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)!
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?I just saw Remarkables is opening for another week
I never knew they were shutting, are they not doing the whole season?
Thats a good discount, shows what they make during a regular season....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.