Friday, July 31, 2009

winki pop

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Pete's Peak Report

Snow conditions are as good as you can get them on all groomed runs and
just a little hard off piste

I don't remember the trails in such good condition with awesome grooming
on cold dry silky snow.

Enuf said.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

pete's snow report - 16 June

After a short warm period at the end of last week the weather, as you will
no doubt be aware, has become quite cold again.

It snowed here this morning and it has been good and cold here for the
last three days making for great conditions for snowmaking.

Great conditions on the slopes, I'm told, by all levels of skiers and

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

2cm of new snow

Here is Pete's reportttttttttttt

The best conditions for years. Excellent coverage over the whole mountain (Rocky Gully Lift not yet open) and the snow quality second to none. Plenty of people around on open day and the weather was beautiful. Snowing this morning and the forecast looking better towards the end of the week.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Mt Ruapehu skifield gears up for opening

as reported by the NZ Herald

Snowmaking began at Mt Ruapehu last night as the mountain gears up for its earliest season opening.

Unusually large dumps of snow last month mean the beginners' area on the Turoa skifield - Alpine Meadow - can open to the public on Saturday, two weeks before the scheduled date.

"Last Saturday there were over 100 people here. Anyone would have thought we were open already. They bring their own toboggans, kids build snowmen. It's really cool to see."

The lifts and more advanced slopes at Turoa are expected to open on the original June 20 date, while Ruapehu's other skifield, Whakapapa, is expected to open on June 27.

About 24,500 season passes have been bought, compared with 18,000 last year. About 85 per cent of those were purchased domestically - mostly in the North Island - and about 12 per cent were bought out of Australia.

read more .....

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Opening day looming

Opening day looming. You going up?

Mt Hutt - 26 May 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Early opening for Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt is on track for an early opening scheduled for Saturday 30th May - subject to weather and conditions

For the statisticians amongst us


For the statisticians amongst us, here are a few numbers to mull over:

Coronet Peak, scheduled to open in less than three weeks (Saturday 6 June), has received 50 - 100cm of snow in the last 5 days resulting in an 80cm base at the top of the mountain and a 50cm base at the bottom.

Across the valley at The Remarkables, the ski area received over 150cm over the last two weeks -resulting in a solid 120cm base across the mountain.

Up at Mt Hutt, 170cm of new snow fell in the first two weeks of May which will provide an excellent base to open on. There is now a solid packed powder base of over 50cm with more forecast for this weekend.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

snow making

Snow making today up on the Peak hard to work out how many guns but i would say just a few for a test

Unbelievable how much snow on the mountain tops and with lots of storms through and a bit of a melt freeze scenario over the last two weeks we are gettting in to some serious base creation...

We love it

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

We're liking the look of that ....

Across the valley at The Remarkables, the ski area has received 45cm of fresh snow in the last 48 hours and has received 150cm over the last two weeks, resulting in a solid 120cm base across the mountain.

We're liking the look of that .....

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Say no more

Mt Hutt - 11 May 2009

Nada, nyet, nein ... say NO more ........

early snow a godsend

As reported in the New Zealand Herald....

Meanwhile, commercial skifield operators are talking about starting the season next month with exceptionally early and heavy snowfalls that have arrived in the past fortnight.

And if the weather clears, Manganui Ski Field on Mt Taranaki may open today.

The mountain had a snow base of up to 50cm, enough for the Stratford Mountain Club to open the lower and learner's slopes and t-bar, said club safety services convener Todd Cations-Velvin.

With heavy snowfalls sweeping across the South Island at the weekend, operators were looking at what was involved in bringing forward their planned season opening dates.

In Canterbury, Porter Heights general manager Uli Dinsenbacher said there was 40cm of snow in the car park and 1.5m at the top of the mountain. The skifield is looking at opening on June 26.

Mr Dinsenbacher said it was 20 years since he had last seen such conditions in May.

Mt Hutt has a base of 110cm after more than 170cm of snow fell over the past 10 days.
The field had planned to open on June 13.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"The best day of waves this year"

East Coast, Australia: Anzac Day, April 25, 2009

"The best day of waves this year"

Yep I know there are plenty if snowfers out there in to the surfing scene as well so here is one stunning set of photos and a video on the Anzac day swell that smothered australia in some of the nicest waves I've seen in a while.

For a land locked surfer stuck between summer swells and winter snows the email from my mate Murray who spends the day browsing and day dreaming sites like this was a bolt from the blue ...

Ozzies ! You dont know how luck you are ....

"Not just because it was a day of remembrance and respect for the fallen, and those that fought for the freedoms we enjoy in this sun and surf drenched land, but also because it was without question the best day of waves in NSW this year so far.

It was flawless from dawn to dusk.

The sun shone, the water was a mild 22 degrees and the wind blew offshore Westerly all day.

The swell in Sydney was a long period ESE groundswell in the 4-6 ft range...."

read more and check out the video it is one off...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

104% increase in bookings

"104% increase in bookings " - Australians booking a ski holiday to New Zealand


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Oh my god. I havn't even got in the fire wood !

Coronet Peak Webcam