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Got my first day of 21 in today.

Had a major storm last weekend which put down between 2 and 4 metres of snow at altitude and caused chaos with huge rainfall. Up to half a metre over 3 days.

A bit further north just got clipped by it, so had good early season conditions.

Hanmer springs opened today. Never been before, been on the list for ages but doesn’t get open that often.

Had a great day. 8 cars in the car park, 13 punters on the hill. Lapped the rope tow all morning, had some lunch and went out the back for a quick tour this afternoon. Thought I had seen it all with Nz ski field access roads but their one is next level sporty. Took a Subaru Forester on snow tyres with chains on all 4 wheels up there. Was like taking a knife to a gunfight. Actually scary but made it up and down in one piece so all good.

Photo bombed a news crew too

Great start to the season. Should have a few more spots open up over the next couple of weeks, heli ops start 1st July. Looking forward to it

https://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/125337533/hanmer-springs-ski-area-opens-for-first-time-this-year-after-storm-brings-large-snow-dump
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Nice!! whats the length of the rope tow??
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Too long with a buggered shoulder.

Would guess about 500 metres of snowboarder torture.
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Ouch, but worth it... Are there other lifts there?
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Think there’s a Poma. It’s rustic! Not like Europe.

Here’s the tow from the top - might be a bit different to non Nz rope tows? Moves real quick, and you use a nutcracker on a climbing harness to hold on to the rope.



And a couple of others from today





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Beautiful, but that looks very steep for a tow at the top!
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That’s mellow. There’s one down the road that goes as much as 40 degrees for 1.4 km. It’s brutal. But is worth the effort on the right day - the heritage tow at round hill.

The benefit of this kind of high end lift infrastructure is lift passes cost about 20 quid in uk money Happy
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40 degrees! Wow £20 does soften the 'blow' a bit but I'd need to build my shoulders up for that.
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It’s easy on skis. Harder on a board and really hard on a board if it’s behind you.

Just need to use heavy gloves to grab the rope and then get up to speed before chucking the nutcracker over it, then the harness does all the work

Less fun is getting a pulley in the knee/Crown Jewels or the nutcracker releasing and knocking out a couple of teeth. It also rips jackets to pieces, so best ridden in something cheap and semi disposable. I use gardening gloves and an old soft shell. Very efficient low cost system though.
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Less fun is getting a pulley in the knee/Crown Jewels or the nutcracker releasing and knocking out a couple of teeth. It also rips jackets to pieces, so best ridden in something cheap and semi disposable
Shocked Shocked Shocked Think I'd rather pay full wack and have all my teeth, body parts and clothing intact Laughing

Looks great though!

We still have cast alloy tow hooks from a now defunct *local ski area (* Teesdale Ski Club in the North Pennines of England). The tow there certainly used to take it out of your arms...
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Got up to Hutt for opening day yesterday. They have a new 8 seat high speed lift in for the lower mountain. Looks flash. Lots of “snow” aka ice that is 3 metres deep in places. Great base, set up for the season, just needs to get a bit colder and snow some more. Groomers only due to the ice.

The recent big storm and new lift brought the crowds out - over 2,000 people up there which is unusual for early season.

This is a great movie that’s just come out - all wanaka based but gives a good feel for what snow sports are like at the bottom of the world


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It’s easy on skis. Harder on a board and really hard on a board if it’s behind you.

Just need to use heavy gloves to grab the rope and then get up to speed before chucking the nutcracker over it, then the harness does all the work

Less fun is getting a pulley in the knee/Crown Jewels or the nutcracker releasing and knocking out a couple of teeth. It also rips jackets to pieces, so best ridden in something cheap and semi disposable. I use gardening gloves and an old soft shell. Very efficient low cost system though.


I have a marketing job for you mate ...
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I'm assuming that it's still not possible for tourists to fly into NZ, though? Any idea if or when that may change?
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@philwig, ozzies can come in, apart from Victoria at the moment. Cook Islands too, and maybe a couple of other pacific nations soon.

Don’t think the government here are in any hurry to open up to the rest of the world. Maybe in time for next winter.

Looks like a solid storm incoming next week Happy
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Very jealous! We stayed in Wanaka a few years ago and really enjoyed the off piste around Treble Cone (one chairlift at either side of the mountain from memory and no rope tows!).
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TC is great if you can catch a good day without crowds.

Just stopped for coffee and bacon and eggs between pow runs on a near empty mountain Happy

20-30cm of good snow last night. It’s looking good. No need to hurry either.
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@hang11, lucky you. Snow coverage down here in the south is looking miserable with nothing like enough to open any lifts. Crying or Very sad
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I’m just standing in the queue for the 6 seater waiting for patrol to sort it all out. Weathers clearing and looking like a banger afternoon on the cards Happy
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Great day. Week 1 of the season and the weather cleared to no groom on the upper mountain, no queues and lots of pow laps. Nice dry snow on a good base.

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Got up to hutt again today. It’s still the only mountain open in NZ currently, although top of the South Island hills got big numbers in a storm over the weekend, so should be opening soon.

Today was about 20cm of new snow, weather cleared mid morning. A great and quiet day. Need to go to work some time soon.





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Went for a stroll out the back of Hutt today. Nice to see the Pacific Ocean from the snow. Not much else open around the local area currently, but looks like a season starter storm is incoming next week.

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Went for a stroll out the back of Hutt today. Nice to see the Pacific Ocean from the snow. Not much else open around the local area currently, but looks like a season starter storm is incoming next week.


Cracking - miss that view out over the Rakaia (?) river & the plains... Worked at the ski school for the '99 winter, and have been meaning to go back ever since...!!!
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This is what SnowHeads is about, not all that other guff wink - Cheers @hang11,
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Got up for another heli day with one of my kids today. Really good snow up high on the main divide.

Snows been decent for the last couple of weeks and school holiday crowds are gone. Been getting out touring a fair bit recently.

A quick video of a family party lap this afternoon.


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@hang11, nice!!
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A few more recent pics

Foot powered - from the weekend






Money powered Happy





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@hang11, lovely. Are the helis super expensive in NZ?
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@telford_mike, don't know how it compares to overseas - about 600 GBP for a 6 run day - which is a lot of vertical.

My justification is that two of us going to Europe for a couple of weeks is about $15k NZ, so 7 or 8 days on the heli for 2 of us is about the same price, for probably much better riding (although no culture Happy ). And can't easily get overseas anyway at the moment.

We have got some genuinely big terrain here, very different to the ski fields which are mainly on the edge of the alps. The heli obviously gets to the much bigger stuff right out in the main divide. It's not easy to get to any of it on foot either - very remote and no way to access it.
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Mt Dobson in the Mackenzie today. 25cm of light and dry new snow, very chilled day, no crowds and sun. One of the real gems of Nz ski areas on the right day





It’s got the highest public road in Nz - about 1800m. Took my newly upgraded 4wd up there today Happy

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Nice wheels and nice snow. How is the Suzuki for power up those long access roads.
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Slow Happy. But unstoppable.

Going to take it for a drive to macetown later today
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Macetown is one of my favorite camping places. Had a 14 night stay there once, it was the best escape ever.
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Season is back on after a 3 week break - booked on a heli for Wednesday weather permitting Happy
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First day at level 2 here after a 3 week break - means back country and aviation are off the naughty list. Got up for a heli day, there’s been about 1.8m of snow over the last couple of weeks. Epic day as always.







A fun drive to the airport this morning



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First day at level 2 here after a 3 week break - means back country and aviation are off the naughty list. Got up for a heli day, there’s been about 1.8m of snow over the last couple of weeks. Epic day as always.




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A few more from yesterday - me and my daughter. In the ragged range









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Fantastic pics hang11 - thanks for sharing Smile
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