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Zimboo

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There was one year I remember talking to some germans in the pub in Methven that refused to ever drive that road again in their rental camper van!! Poor bastards........probably still suffering from anxiety!!!! LOL
 

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Porters v Cheeseman. Any major differences?
Whilst we're in Methven I would like to take our group up to another mountain after we ski Mt Hutt for a few days (weather permitting). Cheeseman looks a little bigger, are there any other pros/cons of each?

Porters with full cover (which it definitely has at the moment) is mega vert. Bluff face and Big Mama are the biggest lift accessed things around (maybe Middle Basin at Craigieburn but you have to hike/traverse back up). Crowded carpark and cafe on the weekends (still no real lift queues though!). The beginners area is a bulldozed lot about 6 turns long if that matters.

Cheeseman: clubbie vibe and crowds without the nutcrackers (still definitely not luxury, the t-bar tracks are a bit rough and ready, and you're expected to self load). Better views. The only genuine natural beginners run in the whole Craigieburn range in main basin, if that matters. Cockayne bowl and A basin hold good snow. Excellent BC access.
 

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Porters with full cover (which it definitely has at the moment) is mega vert. Bluff face and Big Mama are the biggest lift accessed things around (maybe Middle Basin at Craigieburn but you have to hike/traverse back up). Crowded carpark and cafe on the weekends (still no real lift queues though!). The beginners area is a bulldozed lot about 6 turns long if that matters.

Cheeseman: clubbie vibe and crowds without the nutcrackers (still definitely not luxury, the t-bar tracks are a bit rough and ready, and you're expected to self load). Better views. The only genuine natural beginners run in the whole Craigieburn range in main basin, if that matters. Cockayne bowl and A basin hold good snow. Excellent BC access.
Great answer! Much appreciated :thumbs:
 

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Donzah why are you subjecting us to the Bishop death-stare? Jacinda went up 10 points in the polls on the back of that testy exchange with Julie.
Bill is about as exciting spaghetti on pizza.
Jacinda is on telly here a fair bit as well.
As for Jules. I deal in hypocritical irony.

And the flood chances look less.
 

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Yet another big dump of snow at Mt Hutt today....40cm and counting. They will be very close to cracking the 400cm mark after this clears up.
 

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Touchdown week finally! Saturday we land in Christchurch. Nothing in the forecast looks amazing at this point. There is a big low building later this week off the west coast that looks to be bringing milder air unfortunately. Fingers crossed this changes, I hope I can rely on the 2 day rule and things will improve
 

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Had two days at Mt Olympus on Sunday and Monday.

Awful vis until lunchtime Monday. Snow quality was great, though, and well worth the Braille sliding. When it cleared it was game on.

Great mountain. Hideously fun lodge. Nutcrackers of death.
 

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Looks like more snow on the way on Sunday night.

Mt Hutt was good yesterday but pretty busy. They didnt get the lift going until 11am because of ice. I probably should have gone to roundhill but still hit some great powder turns at Hutt once they got it going.

The heli was taking people for runs on the other side of the valley here:

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Nice pics Col, looks glorious. It's great seeing a shite-tonne of snow in Canterbury this season, well deserved after some lean years recently. Hopefully it has translated to good numbers visiting the clubbies who bear the brunt of poor snow years. Can't remember seeing Mt Hutt with a 360 cm upper base, anyone else? At this rate there is going to be some fantastic corn harvest opportunities in Canterbury looong into spring.
 

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Arriving this Saturday. We are all excited and planning to get up and have a crack at the epic conditions on Sunday but it looks like a wet and windy day for Canterbury. So we might have a 'rest' day (on our first day haha) and hopefully the rain will turn to snow by Sunday night. Mid-next week looks like more glorious sunshine
 

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I might be talking out of my bum. However it feels like an odd winter in NZ. It was certainly an odd summer when I was there in Jan/Feb. The extremes seem larger and the time between weather seems even shorter than normal.
 

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Arriving this Saturday. We are all excited and planning to get up and have a crack at the epic conditions on Sunday but it looks like a wet and windy day for Canterbury. So we might have a 'rest' day (on our first day haha) and hopefully the rain will turn to snow by Sunday night. Mid-next week looks like more glorious sunshine

Temple Basin could get 50+ cm on Monday. Maybe 10-20 for the rest but could be more. Hopefully a nice topup on the excellent cover we have already. If I were you do not plan anything until you arrive and then make the call on Sunday which looks crappy everywhere.
 
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Temple Basin could get 50+ cm on Monday. Maybe 10-20 for the rest but could be more. Hopefully a nice topup on the excellent cover we have already. If I were you do not plan anything until you arrive and then make the call on Sunday which looks crappy everywhere.
Good advice. Flexibility is the best way to ensure a good snow holiday in NZ
 

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2006 and especially 2008 were in excess of this year by quite a lot from memory....

Nice pics Col, looks glorious. It's great seeing a shite-tonne of snow in Canterbury this season, well deserved after some lean years recently. Hopefully it has translated to good numbers visiting the clubbies who bear the brunt of poor snow years. Can't remember seeing Mt Hutt with a 360 cm upper base, anyone else? At this rate there is going to be some fantastic corn harvest opportunities in Canterbury looong into spring.
 

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I might be talking out of my bum. However it feels like an odd winter in NZ. It was certainly an odd summer when I was there in Jan/Feb. The extremes seem larger and the time between weather seems even shorter than normal.
Really really odd
You've got Canterbury suffocating in snow
Cold Warm Cold Warm Dry dry dry in the Southern Lakes
East Coast Sysytems
Pineapple Expresses delivering the goods
Definitely weird
 

ScottGN

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Really really odd
You've got Canterbury suffocating in snow
Cold Warm Cold Warm Dry dry dry in the Southern Lakes
East Coast Sysytems
Pineapple Expresses delivering the goods
Definitely weird
July and August are often quite dry months for Southern Lakes, but yeah, an odd winter, not least because we've motored into Spring as though someone flicked the switch.
 

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We flew out of Christchurch early Saturday morning after a great 10 day clubbie trip. Rain for our first two days, turning to snow, followed by some bluebird/fresh snow awesomeness. Weather started to turn on the Friday.
Porters, BR, CV, Olympus, finishing off at Temple Basin.
 

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We flew out of Christchurch early Saturday morning after a great 10 day clubbie trip. Rain for our first two days, turning to snow, followed by some bluebird/fresh snow awesomeness. Weather started to turn on the Friday.
Porters, BR, CV, Olympus, finishing off at Temple Basin.
Fun fun - Whats your top 2 going for a clubbies trip tomorrow !
 

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First day on the snow, chose to go to Porters as Cheeseman was closed. Groomed runs were fun but off piste was icy until lunch when it softened up to beautiful spring snow.
We were worried it being a Sunday and such sunny conditions that it would be busy but we didn't queue for a lift all day.
Rest day tomorrow before Hutt on Tuesday
 
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Fun fun - Whats your top 2 going for a clubbies trip tomorrow !
They're all good with their own unique attributes. It's going to come down to snow conditions.
For me, CV offers some great lines with minimal hiking/skinning. Some good drinking sessions as well.
Really enjoyed MtOlympus but you'll have to bootpack to get the good lines eg Sphinx, Dark Side.
Temple Basin was interesting but we didn't have the conditions to fully explore. Would definitely like to revisit TB with good conditions.
BR accom is cool with a great vibe. Very picturesque but didn't offer anything ski wise that the others didn't have.
Try and visit as many as you can and enjoy.
 

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They're all good with their own unique attributes. It's going to come down to snow conditions.
For me, CV offers some great lines with minimal hiking/skinning. Some good drinking sessions as well.
Really enjoyed MtOlympus but you'll have to bootpack to get the good lines eg Sphinx, Dark Side.
Temple Basin was interesting but we didn't have the conditions to fully explore. Would definitely like to revisit TB with good conditions.
BR accom is cool with a great vibe. Very picturesque but didn't offer anything ski wise that the others didn't have.
Try and visit as many as you can and enjoy.

Thank you very much, very helpful. It's good to get some unbiased reviews... Cheers
 

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I went to Fox Peak for the first time last Friday and was the only customer :) There were a couple of members up there doing maintenance on the tows and they kindly spun them all day for me so I had my own private ski resort. Cover was excellent even though we have had a whole week of blue sky and sun.

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July and August are often quite dry months for Southern Lakes, but yeah, an odd winter, not least because we've motored into Spring as though someone flicked the switch.
Terrible winter for weekend warriors. now all the snow is melted. But homeward opening for the first time in august and bugger all snow at the pick up says average season to me. Its beyond recovery now IMO unless we get 2M (yeah right says north island speights)
 

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Skied Mt Hutt yesterday and today. Excellent snow base but some high temps and winds have left off piste very icy. Great sunshine riding today though and later this afternoon the off piste softened a bit into some nice spring corn
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Skied Mt Hutt yesterday and today. Excellent snow base but some high temps and winds have left off piste very icy. Great sunshine riding today though and later this afternoon the off piste softened a bit into some nice spring corn
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That view!
Enjoy!!!
 
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col

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Upgrade alert - Mt Hutt should get 30+cm next couple of days. Snow from now until Monday in Canterbury.

Southerns resort will miss out again.
 

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Cragieburns looking a bit grim - needs a top up...
Temple cover very sketchy till about 1600m
Broken River lots of melt - forgot specifics
Cragieburn - sketchy - lots of cover gone... Didn't even bother skiing it cause I'm lazy.

Torlesse looked stripped , foggy peak looked bad too,,,
 

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@Zimboo - dont worry - the doc prescribed me it today along with Dex and Viagra. Something else is now calling besides the mountains, and my laptop is leaning to the right.

In all seriousness, this is my first season in NZ - so take it as it comes it guess... plenty of snow on the Arrowsmiths and Two Thumbs i suppose...
 

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@Zimboo - dont worry - the doc prescribed me it today along with Dex and Viagra. Something else is now calling besides the mountains, and my laptop is leaning to the right.

In all seriousness, this is my first season in NZ - so take it as it comes it guess... plenty of snow on the Arrowsmiths and Two Thumbs i suppose...
If you where in the sth you'd be neck'n yourself. Relax............and enjoy what ya got.
P.S. Looks like BoofHead had a great time in the area...............check his thread
 
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Skied Roundhill today, as Dobson was closed again. Good base and coverage, with a nice 10-15cms of fresh to share with the handful of other people. However they didn't open the rope tow at all, which really annoyed me. Essentially paying $84 for 2 tbars and a poma whilst everyone stared longingly at the untouched pow up on the rope tow all day.
 
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Skied Roundhill today, as Dobson was closed again. Good base and coverage, with a nice 10-15cms of fresh to share with the handful of other people. However they didn't open the rope tow at all, which really annoyed me. Essentially paying $84 for 2 tbars and a poma whilst everyone stared longingly at the untouched pow up on the rope tow all day.
Oh, bummer. Must have been frustrating..........reason for not opening the rope tow?
 

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Mt Hutt looking good today after 20cm + ... pity I cant make it up this weekend :(

oh well looks like we have something moving in mid next week. Could be a nice topup.

 

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They don't open the rope tow if it's in the clouds. They're quite open about that and mention it in the daily report (as they did yesterday and today).
They said it might open, depending on the weather. Which was beautiful sunshine bluebird day from 11am until close. I was pretty bummed we couldn't access the glorious terrain the huge lift opens up. Just means I will have to revisit Roundhill another year :)

Skied Dobson on Saturday to finish off the trip. What a fun little resort. Great snow coverage meant the whole mountain is one giant playground, with little rock features all over to play with. Only downside is their ancient chairlift is very slow. But it gave our legs a nice rest.
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Lake Tekapo is a beautiful place to base for a few days or more. I would definitely revisit and stay longer. We didn't have the time to visit Fox Peak or Ohau.
 
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Only downside is their ancient chairlift is very slow. But it gave our legs a nice rest.
Second hand goods from aussie mate! that used to be the ABOM Triple at Buller!

RE : Roundhill, it was possible that they were letting the snow on the rope tow settle before opening it, blowing that face, due to the nature of the topography would result in a very large slide, better to let it settle.
 
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Cheers Everyone, What a bizzare season. You certainly had to have your wits about you to find the best. Me and My mate from Oz scored a great session at Ohau.. (Pic) Other than that I've been up remarks a couple times checking out crew throwing down at Parklife.. Rad.. Looks like a nice injection to come late season.. Yeeoww..
 

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