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Kiwi Snow Reports, New Zealand
9 June, 2006 - Free and Independent
Two weeks ago we all thought we were setting for a brilliant start to winter on the peak ( Coronet that is ) 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 likes some pretty "hard
** Snow Flakes
<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 even have their own purpose built indoors Curling Rink. Bring on the spelunking!
< It's traditional> That season pass thing. Well it should be anyway. You got yours? Another one is opening day. Long may it live.
< 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.
<Luxury digs> "Dozens of luxury apartments to rent in Queenstown has meant the Arrowtown rental market was doing a slow freeze, Arrowtown Property manager Leeanne Newman said yesterday .... included in that rent is underfloor heating, hot water and Sky TV. They're very comfortable."
Moving to Queenstown? Why not rent a luxury apartment?
Full article in the Southland Times;
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:
"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.
New features include:
A fourth kids centre catering specifically for 7 – 12 year
Forward it to a mate. Or even an enemy. Just forward it!
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