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?
Great answer! Much appreciatedPorters 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.
Bill is about as exciting spaghetti on pizza.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.
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
Good advice. Flexibility is the best way to ensure a good snow holiday in NZTemple 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.
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.
Really really oddI 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.
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.Really really odd
You've got Canterbury suffocating in snow
Cold Warm Cold Warm Dry dry dry in the Southern Lakes
East Coast Sysytems
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Fun fun - Whats your top 2 going for a clubbies trip tomorrow !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.
They're all good with their own unique attributes. It's going to come down to snow conditions.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.
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)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.
If you where in the sth you'd be neck'n yourself. Relax............and enjoy what ya got.@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...
Oh, bummer. Must have been frustrating..........reason for not opening the rope tow?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.
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 yearThey 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).
Second hand goods from aussie mate! that used to be the ABOM Triple at Buller!Only downside is their ancient chairlift is very slow. But it gave our legs a nice rest.