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what to expect

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by davidr, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. davidr

    davidr Hard Yards

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    I am going to the remarkables for the first time in late august for a few days.

    I have mainly skied at hotham and falls before and ski a mixture of blue and black runs. Never skied in NZ before.

    What is different about skiing compared to aus?
     
  2. Austin powers

    Austin powers Old n' Crusty

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    Better quality snow made from pure pollutant free water
     
  3. ScottGN

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

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    Keas. Big cheeky parrots. Best bird in NZ. And driving down in the afternoon and an AirNZ 737 is cruising down the Kawarau Gorge below you to land at ZQN.
     
  4. team_v

    team_v Hard Yards

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    I am interested to know how the runs would compare too.

    Having done a couple of intermediate runs in Niseko i had heard that Japan rates their runs easier than the rest of the world average so in fact some beginner runs would be intermediate elsewhere.

    I am going in Early august so hopefully i can give you a report before you go.
     
  5. theflyingmuzz

    theflyingmuzz Hard Yards

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    NZ is a much better all around ski trip for the fact if it is a bad day there is loads to do.

    Ski wise no trees so if you get flat light or snow you wont be skiing much but if you get it good its amazing!

    If your into BC skiing there is areas that are back country that are av checked that you can hike and ride.

    Its true you can go to nz and get 2 days skiing in a week due to weather but if your lucky you will have great skiing and breathtaking views everywhere you go. if you have the time go to a few of the resorts make the effort

    Talk to some locals and go side country if you don't mind a hike
     
  6. Haka_Tours

    Haka_Tours First Runs

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    What is different? Trust me... a lot!

    <ul><li>Bigger slopes. NZ has larger mountains, with more runs.</li><li>Snow quality! NZ has fantastic snow. Compared to Aussie, you'll find it a dream to ski down.</li><li>There are lots of runs that completely clear. No trees/bushes. Just open and free for you to ski down.</li><li>We have some of the top skiing instructors in the world. </li><li>Tonnes of variety in our slopes - though because NZ is a small place, they are often just a few hours drive from each other, which means you can hit lots within a short space of time. Our 7 day Snow Safari hits 6 slopes.</li></ul>
    New Zealand welcomes you! [​IMG]
     
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  7. GlenH

    GlenH One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Nobody has cracked the joke about "The Regrettables" or "The Traversables" yet ? :)

    Seriously though I am sure you will have a great time.

    Here are some stats I found:

    THE REMARKABLES
    Elevation
    Resort/Village 1586 m
    Summit 1943 m
    Base 1586 m
    Vertical Drop 357 m
    Skiable Area 220 Ha
    Longest Run 1.5km

    HOTHAM
    Elevation
    Highest Lifted point 1845m
    Village Height 1750m
    Base Height 1450m
    Vertical Drop 395m
    Lifted Terrain 245ha
    Ski Area 320ha
    Longest Downhill Run 2.5km
    Uphill Lift Capacity 24,485 per hr
     
  8. Austin powers

    Austin powers Old n' Crusty

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    Asians heaps of Asians
     
  9. Ulmerhutte

    Ulmerhutte One of Us

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    Queenstown... lovely little town. Great bars.

    If you an afford it, heli-ski with Southern Lakes Heli Service (do they still operate) - sublime

    You will have a ball.
     
  10. scullee

    scullee Resident Hobbit Moderator

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    The road is "interesting"
     
  11. Red_switch

    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    You don't really go to remarks to ski back down under the lifts...

    Does Hotham have this:
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    (Mine and Centago's tracks far left, C's are cut across)
     
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  12. socold

    socold A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    or this on homeward bound
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  13. socold

    socold A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    but this is also what you can get under the chair lift too
    [​IMG]
     
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  14. Darksidepoints

    Darksidepoints Hard Yards

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    Bias much?

    Watch out for rocks is my advice, you're not skiing on grass like at home.
     
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  15. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    You were on Ruapehu ?
    Worst rocks ever
     
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  16. Telestrom

    Telestrom A Local

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    Generally if Australia has a good season, then it will be crap in NZ and vice versa.

    Personally, Remarks is waste of time unless you like terrain parks or are willing to hike up to get access to all the good stuff.
     
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  17. Darksidepoints

    Darksidepoints Hard Yards

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    I just assumed the South is rocky too, being that the mountains have the same lack of trees. Maybe they are older and have some dirt on them.

    Heading back to Ruapehu for the 5th year in a row but not working this time, holiday only.
     
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  18. Donza

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    There is more tussock down south...the be nary a tree beyond top o the bruce
     
  19. James B

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    NZ has a large moutnainous area spread over a long North-South distance and influenced by many local climatic variations. It is rather silly to speak of NZ as one area, with a single condition of "good season" or "bad season". There is always somewhere with good snow, even when the average punters are writing off the winter. (And I am sure this can be applied in other countries also to some extent, but NZ is particularly variable.)

    If you want to enjoy good snow and weather conditions you will need to be flexible in your approach. The more you tie yourself down to a single location and time, the less your chance of scoring the goods. That's just the facts of life here.
     
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  20. glenplake_fan

    glenplake_fan Hard Yards

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    If you are traveling to Queenstown to ski then don't waste your time skiing at the Remarkables. Go to Coronet Peak. It's that simple.
     
  21. iski4u2

    iski4u2 First Runs

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    South Island has more of a selction and dare I say less crowded! The south can open with less snowbase and still e fantastic sking. If you expect North American/European type conditions then you will be sadly dissapointed or mildly surprised. It is that simple!
     
  22. sourmash

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    Or Treble Cone (Wanaka is closer) and spend some $ on some heli - check the weather and book in 3 or 4 days ahead when you know the weather is settled. Book too early you may get blown out, too late others will pile in and leave you no availability.
     
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  23. Centago

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    Good advice. The fewer people up Remarks the better IMO. Coronet Peak is great fun, and it has high speed lifts that can deal better with big crowds. I really enjoy the Remarks, as already mentioned to get the best of the place you probably have to be willing to earn some turns. I am that kind of skier. Unless you're into park, Coronet doesn't have one, whereas the one up Remarks is great by all accounts.
     
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  24. mar0003

    mar0003 First Runs

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    Remarks is where its at, it has much better off piste stuff than coronet. Its all short and sweet though, some of the chutes are really short but really fun. If your after fast carving and as much vertical as possible though go to coronet peak, it has over 400m verticle and the lift only takes about 5 mins or something. Although if your going in a peak time the crowds can get absolutly horrific, remarks dosn't normally have this problem.
     
  25. Langfi

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    If you like the whole experience of staying in the snowline etc and not worrying about dodgy roads each day then Australia is great. For beginners it's the way to go in my opinion.