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New Zealand: frustrating as all hell

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016

The Remarkables

Remarkable – just not open, that’s all. Pic: The Remarkables Facebook

If you ever needed a torchlight shone on the best and worst thing about skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand, mark September 8 down as Exhibit A.

Almost two feet of fresh snow. Superb mountains. A picture perfect place to base yourself in like Queenstown.

And the resort that is supposed to take you to heaven?

It’s closed.

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Cheapskate’s guide to the snow on a whim

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

It should come as little surprise to you that ski resorts will happily take as much of your money as they can get – and the earlier the better.

They’ll do you a good deal on a season pass if you buy in advance (I would argue too far in advance when it comes to Hotham/Falls where the pass more than doubles in price if you didn’t get it by the end of the previous season) and pre/early season accommodation deals abound.

But when it comes to fate’s fickle hand, snow holidays can be crueler than most leisure activities. Book in the first week of July in 2014? You were laughing – weren’t you? Riding top to bottom at Thredbo with a cheese-eating grin, not thinking about the wads of cash you were spending because the conditions were so good. Book for the first week of July in 2015? You’d be kicking stones, the cat and anything else you could wrap your Dalbellos around. Just to rub it in the snow came by the bucket load when you returned.

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New Zealand season underway – choice

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015

Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt got bragging rights for the first Kiwi resorts open in 2015, and for a first day it wasn’t half bad, particularly down south.

Cardrona didn’t make the starting gate unfortunately, with high winds preventing the Wanaka gem from opening today. It’s slated to operate on Sunday with winds predicted to ease.

The Snow Gauge stands by his call however that Cardies will be the place to be once it gets going; and Treble Cone when it follows on June 25.

The storms keeping rolling in, hooking up the spine of the South Island and there’s more of the white stuff on the way next week, our friend The Frog at Snowatch calling for a nice top up of up to 12cm on Monday.

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