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Whakapapa Flyover

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by ScottGN, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. ScottGN

    ScottGN One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    TropicalPow One of Us

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    What a great perspective on Whakapapa.
    A massive variety of terrain , from open slopes to nice steep shutes.
    Certainly makes you want to get over there and crank some turns.

    thanks for posting ScottGN
     
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Nice. Has anyone skied Taranaki?
     
  4. ScottGN

    ScottGN One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    My pleasure TropicalPow. Even though I live in the south now, like most North Islanders I learned to ski at Whakapapa (about a million years ago) and more recently when I changed over I learned to snowboard there too. I miss it. Only Treble Cone in the south comes anywhere close to the sense of space, variety of terrain and 'on top of the world' feeling you get when you get off the Knoll Ridge and Far West tbars.
     
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    I spent a season working at Whakapapa many , many moons ago and you are right about the terrain variety,as you say the Far West T bar area is a particular favourite. The weather is the big nnegative tho, shame.
    No arguments with the move south. Love the Southern lakes region. If I hadn't bought my place at Sun Peaks, it would have been in the Cardrona Valley.
     
  6. Red_switch

    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    Can't see the appeal of the Cardona Valley myself. I guess it kinda makes sense if you're only there in winter.
     
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    Couple of times, best skied when there is snow actually on it [​IMG] Long walk from the car park around the gorge puts a lot of people off, but thats the joy of a club field.
     
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    iski4u2 First Runs

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    Since Whakapapa is the closest ski area to me and provides me with work (not much this year) I can say it has a lot to offer and after 6 seasons if sking Whakapapa I now actually prefer it over Turoa which is where I leaned to ski before the "modernisation" took place which for me has taken away the appeal of the place.
    I cant be bothered with the hassle of driving around to Turoa and up that long windy scenic drive to Turoa.
     
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    Several times over the years I have enjoyed flying over that terrain to the summit area. Only time I have done it with decent snow cover was six years ago doing a diesel fuel run up to the old Catshed when I scored a ride down.
    Any other time has been working runs where not much time really to enjoy the scenery.

    Blardy awesome video though!
     
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    The appeal to me [ apart from the Cardrona pub ] is it's central location. Close to Cardrona, Snow Park up the otherside of the valley, the Pisa range for some touring and not far from TC or over the hill from Remarks and Coronet, plus maybe oneday the Roaring Meg resort will happen.
    But as I say , it's a bit accademic fore me now, with the Canada place locked and loaded.
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    Yea the centrality is useful, but if I wanted to base myself somewhere central to mountains, I'd probably end up in Twizel. In summer the Cardona Valley is hot and dusty and not very interesting. I guess I see it as somewhat of a local, so it's interesting to hear others' opinions.
     
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    I hear where you're coming from, I've owned a house in Queenstown and lived in Wanaka, so it's not like I am not familar with the joint.
    Buts she's all accademic for me currently.

    Twizel tho ? I would have thought hot and dusty described Twizel in the summer, plus flat and boring, but ha, as you say , "interesting to hear others thoughts '

    Trust you've had a good winter Red ?
     
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    Double post, [​IMG] !
     
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    Easily the best skifield terrain - on / off piste / b.c - that I have been to