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Queenstown 2017

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About one month to the proposed opening of the first lifts so time to kick off this seasons reports. First a quick look at whats changed since last season.

Treble Cone has installed a new snow making system which should really help with getting back to the base area. This is what they are saying "The new hardware and controls are designed to enable Treble Cone to open on schedule even in seasons – such as 2016 – with minimal natural snowfall. The newly-installed pipes, pumps and snow guns will service Easy Rider from the top of Home Basin all the way down to the base lodge, as well as providing security around snow cover for Main Street."

Cardrona have replaced the old slow McDougall's quad chair with a chondola (what a horrible word) Their words are
"This summer we’re installing a new “combined” express lift of 8-person gondola cabins & 6-seater chairs. The new McDougall’s Express Chondola is the ultimate mountain access lift for all our guests, with a 150% increase to the McDougall’s uplift capacity that will decrease wait times on all other lifts. The new lift will also mean that first-time skiers & snowboarders, as well as sightseers, will be able to visit the top of the mountain without having to get on & off a chair – sounds pretty good, eh!?
The facts:
First cabin-style lift on a ski area in New Zealand
1:4 ratio of cabins to chairs
10 total cabins, 40 total chairs
Cabins hold 8 people; chairs hold 6
7 towers (old McDougall’s Quad had 11 towers)
Uphill capacity: 2550 people per hour (old McDougall’s Quad had 1000p/hr uplift)
Gondola cabins & chairs will be stored in the lift’s top station, & can be reconfigured in layout depending on weather conditions"

During the construction one of the crew found a 3.1 kg gold nugget which is the largest ever found in New Zealand. Unfortunately the guy does not get to keep it. The new lift also comes with some earth works that widen the Footrot Flats run. Else where on the mountain there is increases car parking and increased water storage for the snow making.

I haven't heard of anything new at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables so that's all for now.


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Any sign of snow down there Sarge McSarge? Or are they snow making yet?

NZ is on our (ie my & Mrs MA's) to do list at some point in the future... wink
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@mountainaddict, There is a little snow higher up and the weather is getting colder but no snow making as yet. The good news is that we are expecting a cold showery change latter in the week with snow level quite low for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I don't expect it will be enough to get the skis out but anything at all will be welcome. You and Mrs MA should come on down. There is so much more to see and do apart from the snow Very Happy Very Happy
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My daughter, aka The Lass, is flying towards NZ on Thursday to teach the season at Cadrona...I will be watching this thread with great interest
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The forecast colder weather has arrived with light snow right down to lake level this morning. Not any great amount on the mountains but enough to change the look of things. Snowing lightly at home right now but it's not going to continue for long so the skis will stay in storage for now.
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Went for a surf this morning. Really cold Very Happy Not much snow in Canterbury yet.
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Chile has been puked on the past few days and a resort or two may open early next week.
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A very light snow fall over night but also the start of snow making at Coronet Peak. Hopefully this will be the start of the build up to opening.
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The season starts tomorrow hear in NZ. Locally Cardrona and The Reamrkables will be open tomorrow with limited terrain available. Cardrona will be the best of the two but neither will be that exciting. There could be a light snow fall tonight with a possibility of a reasonable fall around Tuesday next week. Farther afield Mt Hutt is also opening tomorrow with some of the best opening conditions for some years. I'm not up for the 5hr drive to required to get up there for first runs. I'm too lazy to drive that far for a day on the snow.
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I'm going up to hutt tomorrow. Apparently it was pretty good today.
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Finally some new snow here. Snow line came way down this morning and also snow making going big time. With more forecast for tonight and in the next few days. There may be even enough to lure me up the mountains in a few days.
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Looks like longterm forecasts for a snowy El Nino season in NZ this year have been downgraded.

http://www.mountainwatch.com/snow-news/36044802/Snow-Season-Outlook-2017--
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@Whitegold, Yes it looks more like average temperatures and precipitation for the next couple of months. Coronet Peak opened this morning with very limited runs open. The Remarkables is looking a bit better but the best pick would be Cardrona at present. Looks like a light snow fall on Sunday night, Monday morning but not expecting any great ammount.
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Not much snow worth skiing here a the moment. The "big resorts" (I use that term lightly) in Queenstown/Wanaka are all on man made snow - Treble Cone is yet to open (due to open this weekend, but I am expecting that to be postponed). Cardrona is the place to go if you need to ski - but personally I'd stick to the bike for a few more weeks.

North Island "open", but only one beginner slope - it's still way to early. Whakapapa have some great new snow making machine this year, so it should be a better season for coverage, but as they say down here - "June's too soon".

But on the up side I hear there is some good ice climbing to be had at the Remarkables.
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I went up to the Remarkables this morning for a few runs to just get back on the skis and to check out the conditions. There are only a few runs open as yet but the snow surface was ok and I had a couple of hours of fun. Things went downhill after that as I took a bad fall in the car park due to an unseen ice patch. So lying on the ground with a dislocated shoulder was not what I had planned. My friends drove me to hospital where I was put back together with the help of codeine and morphine. Home now and wondering how long this is going to take to heal.
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@Sarge McSarge, How annoying! Hope you heal quickly.
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BenAS wrote:


North Island "open", but only one beginner slope - it's still way to early. Whakapapa have some great new snow making machine this year, so it should be a better season for coverage, but as they say down here - "June's too soon".



Did have some slow starts to the NI season the years we were there and as you say June is very early.

Good to see the recent investment in both lifts and snowmaking by RELC.

Sarge McSarge, sorry to hear about the injury and so early in the season. Heres to a quick recovery.
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A few cm's of snow over night and snow making every minute when it's cold enough is slowly improving the conditions here. Still very limited terrain open on all the local mountains but the snow surface is reported to be quite good.
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