Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Pete's Snow Post

Here's Pete's report from Coronet Peak

Hi Everyone,
WOW what a week. Very very cold and nearly as much snow in Queenstown as on
the Peak. Yes we had about 25-30 cm's but we still need more snow to be
able to ski off piste. The Mail trails are very good and nearly all are now
open. Rocky Gully opens Friday and Night skiing starts Friday night.
Think snow... Pete

Otago Ski Club, Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

Friday, June 22, 2007


Got to love that. Looking from Coronet Peak down the Gorge in to Queenstown ( in the shadey cold bit )

Thursday, June 21, 2007

its hanking down :)

its snowing :)

outside my office

Coronet Peak Webcam

go baby

snow forecast not predicting much today but lets hope they are wrong

Snow forecast for Coronet Peak

mind you a few centimetres at Coronet can make all the difference

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Pete's Powder Post

Here is Pete's update from Coronet Peak. Not a member of Otago ski Club? No worry they are a friendly bunch..

Hi Everyone,
Another week of cold snow making weather at Coronet Peak.
All main trail have an excellent cover of snow and there is quite a range
of terrain open. Members staying at the lodge are very impressed with the
conditions. There is snow forecast during this week and we hope that a good
snow fall will fill in all the gaps on the mountain. Please let me know if
you are joining us this weekend. AND of course it is the start of WINTER
FESTIVAL !! Cheers and think natural (snow) Pete

Otago Ski Club - Joel Lodge
Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

Saturday, June 16, 2007

the devil fence

" And whats with the devil fence ? "

actually i figured it out it is actually a terrain park feature you can bank off it and do jumps off the end all they need to do is put a rail on top and jibbers will be jibbing on it!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Outrageously Good Snow

Hats off to the snow making and grooming team at the Peak.

Yesterday we skied some supreme spin drift and for this time of year with this amount of natural snow it is an absolute credit to the people putting it together ... oh and of course to Southern Lakes Recreation for spending all the money on the funky snow making kit .... oh and of course to the water diviner dude that found the water source for them....

So main trails only ( two of them ) but pick your line and you could almost call it powder ... well maybe thats going a bit OTT but you know the glow you get after a good session on the snow? Well I got it.

Off piste is still brown and a turn-around bay for the snow groomers shows a base in that spot of around 10 - 15 cm so the margins these boys are playing with is super slim. Here is a grab a friend took from one of the webcams up the mountain.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

Opening Day - it's Traditional

Lovely smile lovely chaps but this is one person you don't want to see too much of in a season. He's the wheel clamp man. No excuses. No credit cards. Cash only and no change.

The Remarkables looking a like it needs plenty of precipitation yet.

"I know there was some snow around here somewhere....."

Treeless ...yep every tree on the hill has been cut down. Pity they didn't clear up the mess ..... hazzzzzzzzzard.

Dumbest thing without a doubt is this new fence cutting the M1 in half. It seems every summer that all the big wigs have a big pow wow and think up the most ridiculous, out of place hazardous structure that will ruin a perfectly good line...and this fence has won the award. Strainers solid enough to stop a rampaging bison with no protective padding you don't want to be tangling with this beasty....

Nice smile and good pose with the rake. Lifty enjoying open day along with the rest of us.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Greetings from Otago Ski Club

Here is an email from resident ski instructor Pete in residence on Coronet Peak. Can't get more hot off the press than that!

Greetings Skiers and Boarders,

Coronet Peak will open for the 2007 tomorrow 11th June

The Coronet Peak Express, Meadows Chair (M1 and Big Easy) and Beginner areas will be open. There are many other trails where Snowmaking is also underway and they must be very close to opening too. Conditions are clear but very cold and there is both clear and cold weather and more snow forecast for the week. The road at this time (Sunday evening) is snow free.

Catering will begin the weekend of nights 29/30th June. Anyone intending to
stay at Joel Lodge during this week or this coming weekend please call me
so I can put on appropriate heating. Looking forward to a big weekend and
season. Pete

Otago Ski Club - Joel Lodge
Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

Friday, June 08, 2007

Open Day delayed

Snows guns blazing. Open Day delayed. I've got the rock hoppers out....

Oh I know tvnz weather has had snow flakes on Queenstown for the last two days morning and night but sorry folks don't believe the hype. We got missed big time by all the fronts. Light spattering on the hills but not the lotto like motherload all snowfers really hang for.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

It Snowed !!

Yep all over Coronet Peak and I am sure many other mountains around these parts. A light dusting enough to bring joy to snow bums Aotearoa wide. So keep on praying .... yes this is one time when it is OK to give Brian Tamaki a ring and ask for his spiritual assistance ... we need more snow ... bucket loads.

While we were all glued to our TV watching Team NZ put away the Italians ( wot you weren't watching? sacre bleu ! ) it snowed. about 3am is my estimate.

photo from nzsnow.com webcam