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Advice needed from those that are in the know as far as NZ skiing is concerned please.
My family of four from Brisbane will head somewhere across the ditch for eight days commencing September 21.
We are (advanced??) intermediate skiers. Kids are 12 and 14 and ski better than their parents.
Recommendations for best mix of snow pack, conditions, weather reliability for that time of year? We are open to missing a couple of days skiing due to weather as we would do something else if needed.
Importantly we are wanting to do resort skiing plus a day (or two) with a guide as an introduction to ski touring. We have not ever done ski touring but are very keen to try it. We don't have touring gear so would have to rent. We are all relatively fit and strong.
Apres not important but somewhere for a beer at the end of the day would be nice and somewhere to grab a pub style feed of an evening important too. We will hire a car and $$$$ aren't a huge consideration.
Have been to Queenstown and skied Coronets and Remarks and had a great time. Also done Methven/Mt Hutt and that was good too. Never skied Treble Cone, Cardrona, Ruapehu or club fields.
Thanks in advance for any input.
 

mauricem

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Treble Cone is scheduled to close on September 23 this year so scratch that. Cardrona is well worth a visit and has enough elevation and favourable aspects to be ok in late season. I thought Ruhapehu was the best late season option though I haven’t been there yet . If you have the $ heliskiing would no doubt get you Above the spring slush!
Good luck, I’ve skied Nz several times mid to late September with very much mixed results. If you can,leave your options open as long as possible.
 

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In regards to trying ski touring around that area, I would contact Aspiring Guides at Wanaka and tell them about your group, giving them your dates, and what you want to do. Have a look at their website. That is pretty late in the season, but I'm sure they could organise a group just for your crew, if you have a family of four, and help you with hiring gear etc.
 

LDJ

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Thread hijack. If you had 6 weeks likely to be around 4 weeks of skiing (not everyday) and 2 weeks maybe hiking (with dog not on skis) what is the best dates to align to for NZ generally to combine both? Whole of August and 2 weeks of September? Last 2 weeks of August and whole of September or other ie early season in June? Looking at South Island and will have car or camper to move around from Christchurch to Wanaka via club fields
 

Zimbooo

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Advice needed from those that are in the know as far as NZ skiing is concerned please.
My family of four from Brisbane will head somewhere across the ditch for eight days commencing September 21.
We are (advanced??) intermediate skiers. Kids are 12 and 14 and ski better than their parents.
Recommendations for best mix of snow pack, conditions, weather reliability for that time of year? We are open to missing a couple of days skiing due to weather as we would do something else if needed.
Importantly we are wanting to do resort skiing plus a day (or two) with a guide as an introduction to ski touring. We have not ever done ski touring but are very keen to try it. We don't have touring gear so would have to rent. We are all relatively fit and strong.
Apres not important but somewhere for a beer at the end of the day would be nice and somewhere to grab a pub style feed of an evening important too. We will hire a car and $$$$ aren't a huge consideration.
Have been to Queenstown and skied Coronets and Remarks and had a great time. Also done Methven/Mt Hutt and that was good too. Never skied Treble Cone, Cardrona, Ruapehu or club fields.
Thanks in advance for any input.
If you are in Queenstown, I can offer a couple of suggestions.
a) "Small Planet" is the go to shop for all your BC needs. They hire all the gear for a BC day out and organise a guide to either Remarks BC, Pisa Range or Cardrona BC.
b) NZSki (Remarks/Coronet) release a "Spring Pass" available from September 1 for unlimited days until season close. Price last year was $NZ379 for a adult, $NZ239 for kids.
c) The dosh you save on resort skiing with the spring pass can go towards paying for the BC guide for 4 people. ($300 - 350pp normally)!!! :eek:LOL
Edit: Probs get it for $1k for a fam.
 
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teleroo

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Ruapehu ski fields scheduled to be open until end of October, which is later than pretty much all the south island resorts scheduled close dates. I've arranged for three weeks there Sept- Oct. Will be first overseas ski trip, so excited.

Was there a few years ago in Nov and lifts were still running, took kids tobogganing and was snowing on us. But that was probably a good season.
 

Red_switch

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If you are in Queenstown, I can offer a couple of suggestions.
a) "Small Planet" is the go to shop for all your BC needs. They hire all the gear for a BC day out and organise a guide to either Remarks BC, Pisa Range or Cardrona BC.
b) NZSki (Remarks/Coronet) release a "Spring Pass" available from September 1 for unlimited days until season close. Price last year was $NZ379 for a adult, $NZ239 for kids.
c) The dosh you save on resort skiing with the spring pass can go towards paying for the BC guide for 4 people. ($300 - 350pp normally)!!! :eek:LOL
Edit: Probs get it for $1k for a fam.
This is all good advice.

Aspiring Guides have a private hut in the Pisa Range for guided ski touring trips, could be a cool option. Generally still plenty of good skiing above 1500 m on Pisa at that time of year, and low angle tussock couloirs lower down.
 

pedub

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Ruapehu is definitely still going nice at that time of year.
Might be more different touring option in the south but a lot of resorts are winding down by then.
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Andy Parker

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Looking at doing same as OP. Just got back from our first time skiing a couple of weeks ago and have just rebooked for September school holidays too. We are going to Queenstown and Wanaka so will head up to Cardrona again and will see how The Remarks are looking too.
 
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