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Broken River Day Trip August 9th 2013

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This season has been on hold for the last few weeks. Large blocking highs above us (in latitude) are preventing any storm systems getting up here from the southern ocean. There have been small amounts of snow mixed in with rain so we are often skiing spring like conditions. There was some snowfall last Thursday but only a few cm.

 

It's an easy hour from my place to the Broken River car park, from where the alpine rail takes you up to the ticket office. (This is not my pic, as you may guess from the snow coating the trees) Its a unique experience going up in this.

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Here is a Trail Map of Broken River:

 

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There is a 10-15 minute hike from the ticket office to the access tow. This is the view up from the access/rugby tow loading point.

 

 

 

This is taken from Nervous Knob, just above the top of the traverse tow, looking down into Allans Basin, which is where we were going. You can see several bowls accessed from the ridge on the left. Top left is Hamilton Peak, and Craigeburn Valley is just on the other side of Hamilton

 

 

From the same position, looking east at the Torlesse range. About 100 km after that is the east coast and the Pacific Ocean

 

This is looking across Allans Basin, from under the bowls. The skiing was hard pack but grippy enough, and fairly consistent. You can see near the centre of the photo the exit trail which takes you back across the ridge separating Allans and Main basins. The two miniature figures on the flat area below were waiting while I took this picture. Bottom left you can see a yellow sign which designates the area boundary. 

 
 
Palmer Lodge deck is sun drenched and a great spot for lunch 

 

 

The Icelantic guys were running a demo day, and it looked like they generated quite a bit of interest

 

 

The main basin, most of which was frozen, but Sunny Face on the left  was skiing very well. It is quite a large area so was not crowded.

 

 

Going home. The access road through Beech forest is always a pleasant drive

 

 

Another great day in the mountains

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That is great August Stoke!

Thanks for sharing!!

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NZ is definitely at the top of my bucket list.  Maybe next August.  Hubby found a deal a couple of weeks ago and I practically had to sit on him to keep him from booking it.  Thanks for the pics.  I will show them to him when I am convinced it is safe.

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Looks like a great trip!   

 

I cropped the finger out of your photosmile.gif

 

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Nice TR, thanks for posting. I've always wanted to go to Broken River, looks like great terrain. Could be some more snow in the forecast for this and next week. Winter is coming . . . 

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Looks like a great trip!   

 

I cropped the finger out of your photosmile.gif

 

Thanks for that it was annoying me beercheer.gif

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Nice TR, thanks for posting. I've always wanted to go to Broken River, looks like great terrain. Could be some more snow in the forecast for this and next week. Winter is coming . . . 

Cheers! Winter coming? Hope so - It's been a procession of disappointments so far, apart from the first month. Still better up there than not, but when you know how good it can be it gets frustrating

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