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Big Easy, Coronet Peak.
Big Easy. Coronet Peak.
30 May 2002

I really enjoy looking at the cams in New Zealand and yours are one of the best that I have seen. So keep them on. Tina in Grantsville, MD

Kiwi Snow Reports, New Zealand

02 June, 2002 - Free and Independent

Kia Ora

So who would of thought two weeks ago? Lingering warmth of Autumn had us sweltering all the way from Queenstown to Queensland. Local weather guru David Crow informed us that the average temperature was 6 degrees above normal and the sale of three prime bits of New Zealand's snow real estate hardly raised a wrinkle.

Then it happened. Packing my bags for a trip to Auckland I glanced at a weather map and saw a low pressure in the Tasman heading toward Milford Sound .... nnnnooooo! For the fourth year in a row I was going to be out of town for the early season dump. How could it be?

As it turns the storm was cold but dry ( yep the low hit at about Franz Joseph ) and we didn't get the mega dump I know you all have been praying for.

The Met Service issued extreme weather warnings for Otago, Southland and Fiordland with the cold spell unusual in that it was so early and lasted so long. Three Mile and Cargill hills were closed as Dunedin slithered away and Highway 87 between Outram and Middlemarch was closed with 1.5 metre snow drifts. A south otago farmer commented on TV of the thick snow blanketing his paddocks "too much of it too often" ...... hard for a person like myself to understand how you could ever have too much snow but I guess we can sympathise with their plight ...

We are however as you may say in to it.

Evan " wayward, woolly and wild" Bloomfield

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Comes the time for any email list to get rid of the dross. And now its ours.

Each kiwi snow report is emailed out to over eight thousand email addresses. Each snow report I spend the next week dealing with nearly half of those back again ..... "return to sender" ...... as they say. But an electronic version. With no stamp.

>== Snow Takes

<Curling's Hot> Stone me dead if the latest winter craze in the deep south isn't curling. Featuring in carefully crafted cheese adds and strong on the list of What's Hot these ice bowler's were recently even spotted indoors at the Queenstown ice skating ring. Better stow those petanque sets, steel is out, stone is in.

< It's traditional> that season pass thing. Well it should be anyway. Another one is opening day. Long may it live. We were there.

< Snowed in the Styx> 20 farms in the Styx Valley inundated with snow drifts up to 20 metres deep in a storm dumping snow locals reckoned was the heaviest in 20 years. So waddya do? Call in the Air Force and an army of volunteers and go snow raking. God speed to you all..

Lily Bloomfield.

< Talking about braassss monkeys> Yep another fantastic tradition in theses parts is the Brass Monkey motorcycle rally. Held every Queens Birthday weekend in Otureahua which often boasts New Zealand's coldest temperatures. The organisers were very happy with the 20cm of snow on the paddock designated for the tents. Onya Sonya.

< Junior Jamming > ISF Snowboard Junior World Championships at Cardrona Ski Resort from September 7-13. That's big. 300 of the world's best junior snowboarders in the Half Pipe, the Parallel GS and the Snowboardcross. Worth a visit you would have to imagine.

 

>== Fresh Snow

We are winding in finally to the snowy part of the year with a lovely 6 days of pulsing fronts sweeping up the country and more forecast in a day or two. The snow makers were in to it with vengeance on Coronet Peak and I would say there are a few other guns working solid hours around the country.

Here's a nice little table showing reported new snow falls from four of the local fields. A few gaps coz getting some of this information is like trying to find snow in the Sahara ..... but you get the picture.

 
Remarkables
Coronet Peak
Cardrona
Treble Cone
May
2001
2002
2001
2002
2001
2002
2001
 2002
20
15
 
 
15
21
10
8
5
 
22
trace
 
 
 
23
10
 
10
15
24
35
10
20
trace
15
10
20
?
25
trace
5
 
trace
 
 
26
10
5
 
trace
10
?
15
?
27
35
10
20
5
15
20
28
29
30
10
3
?
?
June
Remarkables
Coronet Peak
Cardrona
Treble Cone
07
trace
 
4
 
08
trace
trace
 
 
10
15
 
 
 
22
10
5
15
10
24
15 - 20
5 - 10
15 - 20
 
27
5 - 8
0 - 2
4 - 8
0 - 10
28
15
5 - 10
10
25

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>== Volcano Cams

Many of you will know of our Queenstown Cams which have been pulsing images of the Wakatipu out to the web for some time. You can imagine my interest then when I saw reference to volcano cams ...... now there's a doozy

Volcano Cams are run by blokes and blokesses at The Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd. They currently run 4 cameras - Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Ruapehu and 2 shots of White Island off the coast of Whakatane.

These are some of the nicest webcam shots I've seen and as you would expect from those boffin government types they have some pretty cool kit. Wow. Webcam through wireless on a solar charged remote camera.

So hoon on over and check out the volcano cams. While you are there you can see when and where the latest quake was in NZ ( west of Haast on May 26 at 21:39 at a focal depth of 12 km ) and get some advice on what to do if you are caught in a quake.

"WHEN THE SHAKING BEGINS .... Drop, take cover, and hold on."

Sounds sensible.

Volcano Cam
http://www.geonet.org.nz/volcanocam.htm

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>== snow forecasts

New Zealand Snow Forecasts
http://www.snow-forecastnz.com/
Mountain weather for outdoor people.

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>== snow area reports

Hats off to those on the cape, west cape that is.

You know they are proud now that Tom Cruise is heading their way to star in a super flick featuring Mt Fuji like Mt Egmont. You know that they are proud with a surf spot like Kumara Patch just across from a giant mountain with a daunting set of slopes sliding 360 degrees from the summit. You know they are proud when they are the first snow area in the southern hemisphere to open up for a slide.


View of Taranaki (Mount Egmont) from the east,
with the parasitic cone of Fantham's Peak at left
(photo by Des Hollard)

Here is a quote from the snowco website ..... "We opened for the 2002 season 29th May, with good skiing & riding on the T-bar. Top tow rope to go out Fri/sat. Ring 06 7591119 for daily details. The first to open for '02?? You bet!"

Mt Egmont is 8260 ft (2518 m) high, classified as an active "Stratovolcano", was first climbed in 1839 and has
5000 ft (1500 m) of skiable / boardable vertical, 1380 ft (420 m) of that served by lifts.

The other field that opened this weekend was Mt Robert ...... where the heck is Mt Robert? Just out of St Arnaud. Where the heck is St Arnaud? You need to do an extended road trip .....

Oh OK .... there were two other fields that opened this weekend but you all know about them ......

Remarkables - 45 cm in the last week and the remarks is getting set. Opening 29 June snow and weather condition permitting

Treble Cone - 20 June they are talking but there's more talk at this field about the upcoming feature on TV .

Coronet Peak - 1 June Opened! And nice. For 1 June.

Cardrona - Opening June 22nd for 2002 winter season.

Snow Park and Snow Farm - 5 cm reported on 23 May and you can bet they have had more since then.

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>== Impact on Ruapehu

"The Report on Economic Impact of Mt Ruapehu Ski Fields has just been received by the Ski Areas Association of New Zealand. The report shows that the economic multiplier for ski visitors is 0.42 - for every $1 spent
on the mountain another 42 cents is spent in the community.

"The multiplier for tourism overall is 1.75 i.e. for every dollar spent directly on Tourism, $1.75 is spent in the community. These multipliers indicate how vital skiing and Tourism is for communities and investors.

I wonder if they measured the fun impact?

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>== Ok OK. My first real days carving.

So you know it. Opening day was a write off with the full family kit. Here is the score. One run on the learners double then one on the magic carpet and finally one on the quad. No kidding.

Sunday 2nd was my first real day and it was a buzz. New Nordica carvers, a freshly laid snow trail and about 2 hours of relative calm on the one and only trail from the top. Which is important. Certified grin level high.

Hats off to "Sides" and the snow makers on the Peak and the groomers made wonder with pretty slim pickings. The snow texture was near perfect and held up wonderfully well. Little bits of gravel on the side down low.

The early season terrain is less forgiving and a few more nice storms will definitely help fill the humps and hollows.

Opening moment on opening day at Coronet Peak.
Here it is. Open moment captured on Coronet Cam. You can just see
the first people coming down in the middle left of this shot.

It certainly was a treat to see the Peak in such early season form. I had to supress the urge to leap of the side of the trail and maintaining any sense of control was extremely difficult. Boy do those babies want to go fast. Of course I couldnt conrol the urge to ring several city sided mates with the inevitable "Guess what this noise is" as you clatter over a chairlift tower ..... boy I love those.

The season is here. Get on up.

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Queenstown 9197
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