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post #31 of 59
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Originally Posted by Shufflin View Post

There is a big snowmaker touching down in NZ right now so should be all go everywhere in the next week.

http://www.mountainwatch.com/snow-news/20123052/SNOW-ALERT-NZ----It-will-hit,-and-it-will-hit-hard?fb_comment_id=fbc_548574311873629_18298359_549056861825374#f91ade8a

post #32 of 59

That's cm, before anyone gets too excited. So about 35"

post #33 of 59

Hutt got 95cm so far, and predicting the "main storm" yet to hit.  Could be a 2meter dump! - (thats over 6ft for you yankee types).

 

Awesome to get this early.  Will definatley set up a good base for the rest of the season.

post #34 of 59

Upto 115cm now or 45inches, and the storm looks a little only about half done.

post #35 of 59

180cm and still coming.

post #36 of 59

Biggest baddest or best storm for a long time depending on your point of view, every ski field in has got coverage now, I guess in some cases its almost too much of a good thing for some of the smaller fields with limited resources and man power. Even Mt Hutt (a "big" NZ field) is saying it will take a day or two to get to the field when it all calms down...

post #37 of 59

This is great for the Canterbury Fields - Here is the Porters Report for Friday June 21st. They intend opening Thursday June 27th

Min Snow Depth - 50cm, Max Snow Depth - 100cm.

Last snowfall was 70cm on Thursday, 20 June, 2013.

It's snowing again....with this amount of new snow and wind we have high avalanche danger everywhere on the mountain, therefore we cannot give out precise snow depth data until the storm is over. We are not able to get even close to the place at the moment.

The clubs are the same - Everyone has got a lot of snow from this storm and its still coming down 

We skied Hutt last Sat. (opening day) and it was pretty good on trail with snow falling even then, from a previous system. They hardly got a break in the weather before this latest storm which really is big for this time of year

Broken River is trying to open tomorrow

Southern Resorts are all good too

 

 

 

post #38 of 59
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Originally Posted by Shufflin View Post

Biggest baddest or best storm for a long time depending on your point of view, every ski field in has got coverage now, I guess in some cases its almost too much of a good thing for some of the smaller fields with limited resources and man power. Even Mt Hutt (a "big" NZ field) is saying it will take a day or two to get to the field when it all calms down...

 

(S)Hutt's snowmaking shed was slammed by an avalanche... Pretty interesting. I think unofficial has pics.

 

Looks like this season could deliver for the Kiwis. I hope it is so. If I did not have a bunch of months of PT left, I'd be booking tickets for Aug/Sept... Even though I can't go, my fingers are crossed for you guys. Rip it up!

post #39 of 59
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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post

 

(S)Hutt's snowmaking shed was slammed by an avalanche... Pretty interesting. I think unofficial has pics.

 

Looks like this season could deliver for the Kiwis. I hope it is so. If I did not have a bunch of months of PT left, I'd be booking tickets for Aug/Sept... Even though I can't go, my fingers are crossed for you guys. Rip it up!

Thanks for the tip - I checked unofficial and found the story. And this....http://www.3news.co.nz/Ski-patrol-rescues-sheep-buried-in-snow/tabid/309/articleID/302147/Default.aspx

post #40 of 59

Here's a report from today in Victoria Australia: the author is a well regarded ex instructor and snow blogger http://aussieskier.com/snow-reports/buller-snow-reports/buller-snow-report-sat-22nd-june-2013/

 

His pics tell the story best.

post #41 of 59

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/tekapo-still-snow-bound-otago-roads-closed-video-5473058

 

bloody kiwis steal the snow again.

 

 Mt Hutt closed BECAUSE OF TOO MUCH SNOW That'll teach them for being greedywink.gifhttps://www.facebook.com/hashtag/mountainwatch

post #42 of 59

So far it's looking to be the best early season we've had in while. Hopefully this doesn't end up being the only big front we get all year (seen that happen before...)

Cardrona (one of the bigger resorts) had to delay opening by a day (opened yesterday) because they were struggling to deal with the snowfall (mostly they just couldn't keep the road clear, I think).

 

I'm not totally up to date on the snowfall for every field, but I know Mt Dobson got 140cm on Thursday (55"). They'll be open by next weekend, along with several others (TC, Porters, Ohau), followed by most others on the 6th of July. Awakino is probably going to be shut for somewhat longer because they have pretty serious washouts on the access road.

 

The weather is set to clear up for a bit which should give everybody a chance to get things under control and also to ski.

post #43 of 59

Mt Hutt is reporting average snow depth of 3.2m. They can't open today, and are having to fly staff in to start de-icing etc. Looks rather good on webcams.

post #44 of 59

I heard that Hutt's lift was hit by the avi.

post #45 of 59
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I heard that Hutt's lift was hit by the avi.


Yes, apparently the bottom return station of one lift (Towers Triple) has been pretty badly damaged. I'm not sure if that was the same avalanche that shoved the Ski Patrol shed into another building. The other two lifts are fine. They hope to be open on Tuesday (the road isn't fully cleared yet and they still have a bit more blasting to do.)

post #46 of 59

Have you heard anything about the avalanche at Porters? I've heard there's damage there too but can't find any info other than the video on TVNZ's website.

post #47 of 59

Hutt did a "controlled" avalanche that hit one of the lifts.  Once everything stabilizes it is going to be some great skiing down there.

 

http://www.3news.co.nz/Controlled-avalanche-damages-Mt-Hutt/tabid/423/articleID/302464/Default.aspx

post #48 of 59

This from the facebook page for Snow Report TV

 

 

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ok. For the record... this is snowmageddon now! Mt Hutt still can't open even tomorrow as the snow continues to fall. Snow drifts are reported over the access road at 6m (18ft). Officially, they are saying it is the biggest storm in two decades at the resort. No matter what from here, I'd say they are in for one heck of a season!

post #49 of 59

I need to get a passport...

post #50 of 59

According to a snow journo, MissSnowitall:

 

Taking bets on whether the ski patroller who posted the video of the 'controlled' avalanche at Mt Hutt that wiped out the triple chair will get to keep his job or not.

The YouTube video and the Facebook video have both been removed, automatically removing the video from all pages that shared or reposted it, including this one."
post #51 of 59
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According to a snow journo, MissSnowitall:

 

Taking bets on whether the ski patroller who posted the video of the 'controlled' avalanche at Mt Hutt that wiped out the triple chair will get to keep his job or not.

The YouTube video and the Facebook video have both been removed, automatically removing the video from all pages that shared or reposted it, including this one."


 

I was actually searching for that vid, I saw it last night but no where to be found now lol. You could hear the patrollers having an oh sh*t moment then I believe one says it derailed the triple chair at the end.  The avalanche was way bigger than they had planned for sure.

post #52 of 59

Some pictures from Mt Hutt Facebook page

The first one is captioned: 

 

 

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Aerial view of the damaged Triple Chair return station after it was hit by an avalanche. We'll be talking to our insurers... — with Pier Dei Cas andVitalini Dario.

 

 

 

 

post #53 of 59
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Originally Posted by turtle View Post

Have you heard anything about the avalanche at Porters? I've heard there's damage there too but can't find any info other than the video on TVNZ's website.

I heard it has affected their lower lifts but I don't know how badly. It took out the webcam too, so no information to be had that way. Like the Hutt one, the one at Porters was also a "controlled" avalanche that got out of hand.

 

Avalanche video for anyone interested.

post #54 of 59

From that video, it looks like the avalanche ripped down Bluff Face, possibly damaged the learners' poma and also maybe the machinery shed off to looker's right (wild speculation of course). For a minute I thought it was going to carry on down to the club lodge as well, but really it's in the next valley/avalanche path. Hopefully T-1 is ok since it's the field's only access to higher up. Info has been pretty sparse so far: I guess it's a case of all hands on deck. What a week.

post #55 of 59
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Originally Posted by turtle View Post

From that video, it looks like the avalanche ripped down Bluff Face, possibly damaged the learners' poma and also maybe the machinery shed off to looker's right (wild speculation of course). For a minute I thought it was going to carry on down to the club lodge as well, but really it's in the next valley/avalanche path. Hopefully T-1 is ok since it's the field's only access to higher up. Info has been pretty sparse so far: I guess it's a case of all hands on deck. What a week.

There should be more news on Porters later this week. Sounds like T1 is the problem - Fingers crossed.

post #56 of 59

Got this from Porters today: looks like they will be up and running soon, 

 

Hello patient Porters customers!

Following the avalanche during control work on Sunday which damaged some on-field infrastructure, we now intend to open the ski area on Friday 5th July, well in advance of the July school holidays.

Our operations team and support staff have been working around the clock to assess the damage, bringing in the necessary manpower, machine power and engineering expertise to resolve the issues.

Porters’ management have set a very tight schedule of repair and restoration. We are determined to meet key milestones each day to achieve the projected opening date. Some challenges include engineering and replacing some complicated lift components, the re-certification of the T-1 haul rope, the installation of a new carpet lift, the replacement of the electronic drive for the platter lift, plus the weather forecast for high winds next week, and, the massive job of clearing many metres of snow around the base area and facilities. All of these projects are well underway and in varying stages of completion, and we are hopeful that come next Friday we have ticked all the boxes and will be underway.

We will continue to give you daily updates via our website and social media on the progress leading up to opening day.

We would like to thank all our loyal, patient customers who sent us messages of support since last Sunday. Your understanding has been appreciated and given our staff incredible motivation - and don't worry, the wait will be worth it!

Our webcam is still out of action but we will be posting photos of the Porters team working literally day and night to get ready to welcome you all at the end of next week.


28th_July.jpg
Full images will be updated to this post on our website.


The great news is that Porters will open with superb snow conditions after the recent Southerly storm and snowfall. The ski area looks fantastic and has an average lower mountain snow base of over a metre and significant drifts up to 3 metres across the ski area.

To keep informed of the Porters road to repair, follow ‘skiporters’ on Facebook
or check Porters website for updated snow reports at skiporters.co.nz
.

Thanks, and we hope to see you all very soon.

Regards,
The Porters Team.

post #57 of 59

The latest news via Facebook is that Porters won't be up and running this weekend, but still hope to be open some time next week.

 

Porters Ski Area
 
Hello again Porters customers. Many of you will be aware of the gale-force winds which have buffeted the mountains over the past few days. Unfortunately, with winds gusting in excess of 150kph on the ski area, we have experienced some delays to our lift repairs. 

Our operations and maintenance teams have been battling on in these difficult conditions, but due to the weather delays, we have not quite been able to complete all the necessary repairs. We are very close to running our T-bar and Platter lifts, with final tower installation, alignment and certification yet to be completed.

Obviously we are pulling out all the stops, but the weather has not been conducive to finishing the work, let alone operating the ski area. The forecast for the weekend is not good, and it is unlikely that we could operate, even if we do manage to finish our repairs (http://metservice.com/mountain/canterbury-high-country).

Despite the weather we will continue to work each day as we can. We will be open early next week as soon as repairs are complete and our lifts certified.

We are sorry we do not have better news for you today. Thank you for your patience and understanding – we are doing everything humanly possible to get open. We will continue to keep you updated.

Cheers,
The Porters Team.

 

 

Also, on a less pleasant note, the Snow Park is probably shut permanently now, at least to the general public.

post #58 of 59

Wow, I had not heard the snow park thing before. Sounds like the car guys just wanted that whole plateau... Kind of a bummer for the world park scene. I guess big auto companies collectively have more cash to throw around than the global park rat community! I'm not a park type, but it seems like a genuine global loss to me.


Edited by spindrift - 7/3/13 at 9:46pm
post #59 of 59
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Originally Posted by spindrift View Post

Wow, I had not heard the snow park thing before. Sounds like the car guys just wanted that whole plateau... Kind of a bummer for the world park scene. I guess BMW and Mercedes and Toyota  have more cash to throw around than the global park rat community! I'm not a park type, but it seems like a genuine global loss to me.

Yeah, I'm not really into park either but it seems a crying shame to lose it.

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