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Mt Hutt is socked in by weather

post #1 of 13
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According to news reports, high winds and snow have trapped several hundred skiers at Mt Hutt. 

 

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/regus/1482267546-three-hundred-people-trapped-on-mt-hutt

 

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 UPDATED 9:03pm: More than 300 people stranded on Mt Hutt are awaiting a call from officials about whether they'll be hunkering down for the night.
post #2 of 13
Shared bodily warmth is going to be popular.
post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Shared bodily warmth is going to be popular.

 

Its not that bad...they are "stranded" inside a heated "day lodge".  The weather comes in very fast there, and the winds are crazy...they actually have a siren that they sound if the weather is coming in and they need to evacuate the mountain and get everyone down the mountain.  Winds of 70mph+ are not uncommon.  At Hutt you drive up the mountain for about 45 min to get to the lodge.  The road goes up the ridge, and is very exposed - there are no trees - , so buses can easily be blown off the road down the side of the mountain...better to stay where its safe.  They actaully have huge poles mounted along the side of the road in certain areas to block the wind to make passage safer where the wind really howls.

 

300 ppl spending the night up there, wont be the first time.

post #4 of 13
So much for the fun aspect. How many toilets?
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

So much for the fun aspect. How many toilets?

Tons - its the main day lodge for the whole resort.  huge Kitchen, TVs, fireplaces, etc etc etc.  while sleeping on the floor wouldnt be that much fun for many adults...for a bunch of school kids...it would be a great night...a sleep over with 300 friends!  (edit: and Dont worry there is a bar for the adults)

post #6 of 13
The bar would be the only thing getting me through it.
post #7 of 13
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One of our ESA Aspen Snowmass coaches (Dave Grogan) is from NewZealand.  I wonder if he's there with the rest of the stranded skiers.

If he's there, I'm sure they're being entertained. 

post #8 of 13

The final update - they were down off the mountain by 2am

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11119666

 

Ski dude's covered it, it isn't great to be stuck up there, but it's not that bad either - and you don't want to be on the access road when it is really windy. It's not that uncommon for the field to be closed part way through the day and for it to become mandatory to fit chains and travel down in convoys, or for the road to be closed for short times, but it is relatively uncommon to be stranded up there at night. 

 

I'm just happy that the weather system brought more snow :-)

 

Here's some pictures of what the road is like. It's typical for ski access roads in terms of surface conditions, few/no barriers, but contrary to what one of the commentators says in the links below is not considered narrow.  When it's what you've grown up with its not remarkable, but I can see it being disconcerting if you aren't used to it.

 

http://www.dangerousroads.org/new-zealand/891-mount-hutt-new-zealand.html

 

http://journals.worldnomads.com/bundynbeaches/photo/897/17846/New-Zealand/The-road-up-to-Mt-Hutt-Carved-into-the-side-of-the-range-very-narrow-very-sc

post #9 of 13
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Those pictures are pretty eye opening.  :eek

 

According to reports, it looks like you've had a pretty good season in New Zealand. 

post #10 of 13

Not really, it has been much like some of the North American areas had, we had a good start to the season, then there was a long snow drought, and on top of that it got warm. Now we've had two short cold fronts come through which has refreshed things, but we definitely seem to be coming into spring and have had a very warm winter.

post #11 of 13

http://youtu.be/U82RI1tTA8M

 

Here I'm doing a few turns

 

 

 

 

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and yes I do ski just like Ligerty:D

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 

One of our ESA Aspen Snowmass coaches (Dave Grogan) is from NewZealand.  I wonder if he's there with the rest of the stranded skiers.

If he's there, I'm sure they're being entertained. 

 

Squatty Schuler from Aspen also used to coach there I believe. If Squatty and Dave are both there then the entertainment will indeed be great!

:D

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Originally Posted by Gerathlete View Post
 

 

Squatty Schuler from Aspen also used to coach there I believe. If Squatty and Dave are both there then the entertainment will indeed be great!

:D

 

Ahhhh, you know them. 

:rotflmao:

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