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Kiwi Snow Reports, New Zealand
02 June, 2002 - Free and Independent
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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<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.
< 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.
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.
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."
New Zealand Snow Forecasts
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.
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.
"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
"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?
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.
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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