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    Posted: Jun/27/2011 at 8:40pm
Hey everyone.

About a month ago i booked in to go to Queenstown on the 14th July for a week.
This is the first time i have skied outside of Aus, so i am pretty pumped.

I just had a look at how the snow is over there and i couldnt really find any snow.

Have i totally wasted my money by booking in this time of year or is this just a freak season that isnt going to deliver.

I am really disappointed and really hoping that it picks up since flights cant be cancelled
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/27/2011 at 8:58pm
nz is having an unseasonally warm weather atm
they only managed to start up the snow guns recently at some resorts

really need a major dump or two to recover
fingers crossed they get it

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/27/2011 at 9:36pm
They're probably just having a late start. I really hope they get some massive dumps in the next two weeks for you. It seems kinda strange to me that Aus would have so much more snow than NZ.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/27/2011 at 10:26pm
My mates leaving for NZ in a week! They went ;ast year and had a killer time so they're praying for a big dump or 2 in the next week! When they're there i'll ask em how it is and report back here!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/27/2011 at 10:36pm
I did a season in Queenstown two years ago and There was definitely snow in the slopes this far in to the season, there wasn't too many great powderdays but there was definitely snow, I remember us walking up the hills before the season started and the lifts still wasn't in use...

Really hope you get some good snow when you get there, and I'd say that you should definitely go over to wanaka and try Treble cone for a day if you have the time and money too.
But only if there is a good amount of snow, otherwise TC looses most of it's greatness.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/28/2011 at 1:09pm
im going on the 24th this year last year i went on the 14th and they had about 120cm of snow and this year none :( Hopefully they will get a fair bit of snow and the automated canons keep firing to give us some cover.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/28/2011 at 2:20pm
i went last year around 14th... there was snow... wasn't as powdery as i liked it at remarkables but was still ok... dont' bother with coronet peak unless u like ice...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/28/2011 at 2:21pm
i managed to get two powder days at coronot which was good. I also tried the night skiing there TOTAL waste of time wish i didnt
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/28/2011 at 2:28pm
hahah i thoguth about going night skiing there... but yea didn't.. which was alright.. ended up at the hot tubs.. haha
 
no idea how u got powder days at concrete peak... lolz... i guess i did find some powder when i was walking along the cliff edge and while i jumped off the cliff... no joke.. i did jump off... and obviously i had a paragluiding chute on..LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/28/2011 at 2:35pm
lol one day was snowing in morning and snowing all day maybe i went a day that you didnt aww well... i went bungee jumping at the biggest one that was cool.. my friends went jetboating but they said that sucked didnt even go fast... where did you stay are you going there this year
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/28/2011 at 11:45pm
im going on the 15th with school mates thorpe. dont worry i'm in the same boat as you.

ive been checking http://www.snowreports.co.nz/new-zealand/snow-weather-road-reports/ every day for the past week, and there has been significant progress at coronet peak and cardrona. coronet peak opens on the 30th (tomorrow) with a couple of runs. cardrona looks like it needs a 20cm dump of snow and it'll be up and running.   remarkables still looks like a rocky mountain side.

worst comes to worse no snow means you will have an excuse to go bunjy jumping
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/29/2011 at 2:31pm

you dont' need an excuse to go bunjy jumping.. hahah just do it!! and also skydiving.. paragluiding... i went on the jet boat thing... if ud ont' have glasses.. u wont' be able to see much.. haha yeah it needs more spins...etc.. it was enjoyable enough... my face was freezing though..

if u have time also go to the glaciers.. that's pretty kewl 2...
 
umm stayed at mantra marina last year.. nah not going there this year.. prob go korea at the end of the year...  was gonna go canada.. but too exp for that time..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/29/2011 at 2:58pm
just have some hope, the low pressure that is meant to be hitting us next week hopefully will hit NZ as well.

Just remember NZ isnt like aus, they can actually pick up 20 - 30 cm easy off one dump
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/29/2011 at 6:06pm
Coronet peak opened today
Snow farm opened today
Remarkables opening 2nd July !!!!!
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where is snow farm?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2011 at 3:06pm
Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side..
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2011 at 5:27pm
I have never heard of snow farm???
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/30/2011 at 8:43pm
i think its a privately owned place.. you can only ski there i think, no snowboarding
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/02/2011 at 11:33pm
Cheers guys.

Im checking the weather every day


Any suggestions for a place to hire ski's in Queenstown?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/03/2011 at 1:17am
Originally posted by thorpef1

Cheers guys.

Im checking the weather every day


Any suggestions for a place to hire ski's in Queenstown?



Good range and good pricing.

Conditions improving for snow in Qtown - August is always the best month
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/03/2011 at 1:25pm
there is gonna be a massive front hitting australia and then new zealand next couple of days hopefully we get something
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/04/2011 at 2:16am
Originally posted by tangles

there is gonna be a massive front hitting australia and then new zealand next couple of days hopefully we get something


WOW, they are cheap.

Cheers tangles
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/04/2011 at 2:23pm
u mean tankdon not tangles?? LOL
 
or did i miss something?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/04/2011 at 2:33pm
Originally posted by Wilz

u mean tankdon not tangles?? LOL
 

or did i miss something?



Ah, good eyes there.

Cheers Tankdon
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/10/2011 at 1:57pm
How good is Queenstown now Treble Cone went from 0cm to 88cm when i checked this morning.  What a turnaround can't wait!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/10/2011 at 2:10pm
thorpe must be hyped up~ and counting down.. 3 more days to go is it?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/12/2011 at 9:27pm
Yep im off to NZ tomorrow.

And they have had plenty of snow in the past week, but a few days ALL fields have been closed, so praying for another 20cm dump and then nice clear days for the rest of the week
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/13/2011 at 2:42pm
have fun~ be sure to report back with some fotos =P
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Video would be even better?
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im taking a gopro camera to nz.. leaving tomorrow. subscribe on youtube! mrsherack
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/21/2011 at 7:02pm
Hey guys.

Got back into Sydney last night.

Had an awesome time.
Spent 2 days at Corronet Peak and 2 days at Remarkables.

Luckily they had a massive dump a few days before i got in, but they didnt get anything whilst i was there so it was starting to get a bit icy the last few days.

Sorry but i didnt take any pics (mates have the cameras) but im sure that some others will post when they get back.

Cant wait to go back next year.


Cheers to Tankdon for the tip about Green Toad. Great customers service and great prices, they have my recommendation
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/21/2011 at 10:01pm
Originally posted by thorpef1



Cheers to Tankdon for the tip about Green Toad. Great customers service and great prices, they have my recommendation

Your welcome - I am taking a group of 9 over from the 12th August, I play your guide and take them to all the good spots - if you want other boarders to hang with join our group OZWI Epic Tours on facebook. We are planning a crusade to Japan in February 2012 and a end of 2012 winter escape to Canada.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/21/2011 at 10:42pm
hmm that's interesting.. have u been to korea tankdon? any tips/suggestions there?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/22/2011 at 2:08am
Originally posted by Wilz

hmm that's interesting.. have u been to korea tankdon? any tips/suggestions there?
Just Tank will do ... have not been to Korea ... had some friends go there who have also been to Japan and rate Japan better. Japan gets lots more snow in their opinion. We are tossing up between Japan and Korea - the fall out of the Nuclear explosion has many guessing about Japan trips - just don't really know what and how far the contamination has spread.

Other destinations of interest to you might be Chile or save the delero for trips to BC Canada.

This is an exert from a review of Korea.
Snowboarding in Korea

By international standards the snowboarding in Korea in not incredible. Snowboarding in Korea general involves riding on groomed runs cut out of trees. Powder days are few and far between and there is little in the way of off-piste riding. Although the trees are well-spaced at the resorts in Korea, the low snow conditions means that it is not often that tree riding is available.

What Korea does have though are good freestyle facilities. Like the nearby Japanese, Korean snowboarders love riding halfpipe. Most of the major resorts like Yong Pyong and Phoenix Park have answered their call by providing quality halfpipes.

Although Korea does not offer exceptional freeriding, what it does offer is a totally different cultural and snowboarding experience and this is why is worth travelling there to check out the resorts.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/22/2011 at 3:50am
best place for answers:

http://www.snowjapan.com/e/japan-tohoku-earthquake/index.html

and heres an excellent map of the radiation tracked as of the 18th june. Dont know if theres a new one being made, but it should give you a clearer idea of where to avoid.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/22/2011 at 10:40pm
Initial radiation they were able to provide some information about ... my concern is that length and level to where the contamination has ended up ... are food supplies safe, is drinking water safe. After knowing they were using sea water to flush the cooling towers and not controlling where that water was going ... makes you wonder.

Proceed with caution - at a minimum boil your water.

For those who don't known nuclear radiation has a long half life, which means it has the potential to stick around in soils, water etc for hundreds/thousands to millions of years.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/25/2011 at 2:57pm

ahh ic ic.. thanks. reason i'm asking is because i'm heading korea end of year for boarding. so just hunting for ideas..

i guess ippi must have considered those factors since he's going these soon. but do let us know if you see any glowing fish. hehe
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/26/2011 at 2:28pm
im in the bottom part of that little green loop thats not attached to the main dispersion :)

As for the question tank, im afraid i saw this website just a few days before with all the listing of food contaminants, but cant seem to find it again :( It was probably a japanese site that i accidentally stumbled upon wikipedia style.

And dont look to me for making rational safety first decisions :) Im a gigantic idiot. If theyd have given me a visa, id happily work in fukushima for a year or two :p Im definitely not the best person to tell you what is and isnt safe. So with that said, its safe. :D teehee. I dunno, im more worried about tokai than i am anything else, so mildly happy that i dodged that particular bullet.
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hmm well if you look at the bright side... there's a chance you might get super powers if you get bitten by a spider?  hehe
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