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Queenstown 2017

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My first day on snow after my accident went very well. A lovely sunny day and nice groomed snow for a careful start.

They must have kept this park just for me.



The ice bar has moved from the top of the Greengates chair to near the top of the Million Dollar run



Pretty good snow coverage in most areas.



Looking north towards the Harris Mtn range.

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@Sarge McSarge, fantastic pics Very Happy We've just arrived in Te Anau for a few days before heading to Wanaka. Fingers crossed we get some time on the snow.
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Grasshopper's end of July review - no surprises, Hutt out front by a country mile!

http://www.mountainwatch.com/snow-news/37519924/Snow-Season-Outlook-2017---August-Update---New-Zealand---The-Beast-to-the-East
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Yup way more snow as you travel north. We are lucky to have the coverage we have down here given the lack of decent snow falls. Hope you enjoy your travels @dbaskls,
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Hutt is certainly getting the crowds this year, pretty much need to be on the access road by 7.30am at the weekend to get up there before they close the mountain due to being at capacity. Lift queues aren't too long usually but there's nowhere to park.

Not sure if it's because they have so much more snow than southern hills and that's pulling people in from there, or if NZ is busier this year.
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I had a day at Cardrona yesterday. Sadly just me as junior DBASKLS said he wasn't ready to try Sad but he promises he will in his own time.

Anyway it stayed dry and mostly clear although the breeze would occasionally blow in some cloud so the visibility changed very quickly.

It was fairly quiet which was nice as I like to explore at a gentle pace. The snow was good but softened a little as the day wore on but not quite a "spring" freeze/thaw.

I can't figure out how to add photos from my phone so I'll add some when I'm back in the UK next week.
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Thanks for the report dbaskls

Seems NZ has had a very warm winter. Ruapehu is getting hammered with rain events. Barely a snow fall that doesnt get monsooned away following week. The webcams are depressing viewing. 60mm rain predicted midstation at the weekend Shocked
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It's epic in Canterbury, been a very snowy winter so far, best in a few years, and more on the way next week.
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Turoa at 1750 Shocked

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Very light snow falls the last two nights down here. Unfortunately the snowline was a bit above the base at Coroner meaning nicer up top transitioning to frozen at the bottom. Frozen areas softening as the day goes on. Better at Remarkables and Cardrona due to higher altitude. Treble Conne probably good up top as well. It is a bit to much like spring Sad Could be cooler tomorrow with a little more snow, fingers crossed.
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Good news overnight with about 15cm's at the lowest lifts and 30 plus higher up. It's about time we got a noticable snow fall in this part of the country. Very Happy
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98cm (and counting) at mt hutt today. Should be on a 4.5m base now.

Just emailed work saying I won't be in Very Happy looking like a bluebird day tomorrow. Hopefully they can dig the road out tonight.
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V jealous @hang11! Giving serious thought to where to call home when returning to NZ later this year... Auckland seemed a foregone conclusion, jobs beaches lifestyle galore, but the downside - Ruapehu - the skiing there seems to get worse every year. They look to only have enough base season by season to reliably ski off-piste by mid-August, when the days are lengthening and sun angle rising and the best of the cold weather is more or less gone. It's just too far north. Compare that to this year's facts and figures coming from Hutt, it's in such sharp relief, as well as the distance equation working against (Hutt only an hr from Chch rather than Ruapehu <-> Auckland = 3 3/4 hr min), and house prices a 3rd of Auckland, my Akl/Chch pros/cons spreadsheet is see-sawing. Maybe I need a 3rd option... a job in Queenstown... and $1M for the avg 2 bed townhouse Puzzled
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I moved qtn - methven - chch

Prefer chch. Beaches and close to lots of ski fields cheapish houses and plenty of work. On balance it's the best place for me. Love being able to go for a surf 30 seconds from home, and being an hour away from the snow, great fishing, and only having a 20 minute rush hour commute into the cbd.

The city is a total mess but it's steadily getting better and in another 5 years or so I think chch will be a different city to what it is now.

Queenstown and Auckland are just too expensive to buy houses which brings all sorts of social issues to those places and really stuffs up the work/life balance Very Happy
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Am thinking of heading to Queenstown beginning of Sept - how is the snow holding up?
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Snow here is pretty good at present. Actually it is the best it's been all season. Raining at present but some snow forecast for each of the next four days.
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Thanks Sarge. How is Treble Cone?
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@ChrisKernow, The upper mountain has pretty good coverage and that's the best terrain anyway. I'm not sure what the surface conditions are.
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