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Kiwi Snow Reports, New Zealand
9 June, 2006 - Free and Independent
Three weeks ago we all thought we were setting for a brilliant start to winter on Coronet Peak with rumours sweeping town that opening would be shifted forward a week.
Then darn it all if the weather doesn't go all warm on us
and sorry folks looks like you wont be sliding on the Peak
this weekend ... meanwhile up North Mt Dobson has pulled the
pin on their season on Sunday 28th May with a couple of hundred
people enjoying what looked on TV like some pretty "hard
Well truth be told we haven't had a lot. Oh I did have a bet with the kids that we would get some around home on Sunday night and we did have a dribble in the lee of a few tussocks but really? Sunday afternoon looking hopeful and long range Wednesday is snowy.
Mt Hutt is set to be the first major field in the southern hemisphere open "Canterbury's Mt Hutt ski area is on track to open this Saturday, June 10 following an icy blast that dumped 15 centimetres of fresh snow on the slopes"
Now that is an awesome site. Exchange drop from the top of Rocky Gully T - Bar
Anyone who has played on that little face will realise how many great runs there are.
And being there on a day like this? Luscious. 28 July 1999.
"Coronet Peak ski area manager Duncan Smith said a further 20-30cm of natural snow or 50-70 hours of good snowmaking weather is needed to open the main trails serviced by the Coronet Express Chair, the Meadows Chair and the Beginners Lift."
Features for this year;
The Remarkables – opening 24 June.
Treble Cone – opening 27 June
$12 million invested in the past 3 years - we love it
New features at Treble Cone this season include:
Evs Comment - waddya say? Big altitude, big terrain, big lifts. Dying to ride to Tim's table on a fresh powder day in 2006.
"Your current membership expires on 20 Jun 2023 at 23:59 GMT"
That's the message i got when i logged on to snow-forecast.com. Dear old Rob Davies, brains behind the popular snow forecasting website ( see my snow report of June 1999 ) has renewed my membership for a few more years.
No sorry a life membership is not available for the general public on snow-forecast.com but it seems like none of you want life memberships anyway ... certainly RAL have suspended their plans after a less than enthusiastic response to their recent offer.....
"Plans to build new high-speed chairlifts at Whakapapa ski-field on Mt Ruapehu have been put on hold after lifetime ski-pass sales raised less than half the total needed. However, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts will still go ahead with a new chairlift at Turoa next year.
The company offered 7000 lifetime passes to fund the $30 million of upgrades at Whakapapa and Turoa. Only 3000 passes – at $3875 and $4995 each – were sold by the deadline this month. The sales raised $11 million of the total needed to install three new high-speed chairlifts and upgrade snow-making and cafeteria facilities at Whakapapa and Turoa.
General manager Dave Mazey said the company had decided to defer
work till 2008-09 on the four-seater Tennants Express and six-seater
Valley Express chairlifts at Whakapapa. For the full article;
Declaration : yes I am a life member .. slogged my guts out washing cars and mowing lawns with mum and dad matching me dollar for dollar - cost in 1976? $400.
Cardrona Alpine Resort – opening 23 June
Cardrona Alpine Resort has invested $4 million in improving infrastructure
for the 2006 season.
Evs Comment - kid friendly, happy staff, great facilities... if only they could tilt it a few degrees steeper
Snow Park NZ – opening 29 June
$6.5 million of investments pay off this winter with groundbreaking new developments on and off the hill.
New features include:
Snow Park Village
Snow Park Village is a new apartment complex looking over the Snow Park resort and Southern Alps, with ski in and ski out capabilities.
Evs Comment - development on the Piza range continues at breakneck speed. Hold on to your beanie coz this place is going off. If you are in to flipping or flopping go hang at the Snow Park.
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