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post #1 of 12
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We've had a pretty good spring after a mediocre midwinter and a great early season... here's a neat edit of Casey Cane skiing my home mountain two weeks ago.

 

 

The Grand Couloir is sadly absent, though.

post #2 of 12

Nice! Thanks for posting. I especially like the tree skiing lower down :)

 

Thoughts of Wanaka dancing in my head for next year...

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Nice! Thanks for posting. I especially like the tree skiing lower down :)

 

Thoughts of Wanaka dancing in my head for next year...

Gotta love them tussocks :D

 

Oh? You're thinking of a trip down under next year then? Hopefully TC is in tip top condition for you. Ohau is worth it in the right conditions too, especially if you haven't been there before.

post #4 of 12

Nice TR!  Thanks for sharing. 

post #5 of 12

I assume most of the steep chute shots were from the area where you hike ~10 minutes south from the Shadow Basin chair and ski down to Lake Alta.  I only had time for one of those on my day in August 2006. http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2206 

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I assume most of the steep chute shots were from the area where you hike ~10 minutes south from the Shadow Basin chair and ski down to Lake Alta.  I only had time for one of those on my day in August 2006. http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2206 

Yes. Basically all the good chutes on Remarks require some hiking or skinning. Although depending on snow conditions and which chute you're aiming for it can be more like 2-5 minutes hiking or sometimes even just a high traverse line. Sounds like you had a good time in '06 - the field has developed more in some aspects (more park, more snowmaking, more groomers), but yeah, not a good field when there is little snow - too many sharks.

 

They are putting a new lift in over this coming summer from the second carpark up to the top of Curvey, which will open up some new terrain and probably allow skiing Gallipoli Chutes, Emerald Buttress, and the old Doolans saddle runs (which used to be inside the ski area boundary before they shrank it) with a traverse instead of hiking. Pic courtesy of snow.co.nz

Proposed new chair line (Click to show)

 

 

 

Note: the Grand Couloir I mentioned earlier is the couloir between the two main peaks of Remarks, Single Cone and Double Cone.

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Yoichi View Post
 

Gotta love them tussocks :D

 

Oh? You're thinking of a trip down under next year then? Hopefully TC is in tip top condition for you. Ohau is worth it in the right conditions too, especially if you haven't been there before.

 

Thanks. TC has treated me right in the past. I have not made it to Ohau yet, but some friends are big fans of it for touring out of. I still have to get to the Remarkables and Coronet & some club fields. It is all too easy to settle into Wanaka and get "stuck" though  :) 

post #8 of 12

Happy to see the Remarks are open for an extra week. Might get some value out of my season's pass after all :) .

post #9 of 12
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@spindrift Well, TC is a great field and Cardrona isn't half bad either, so I can see why. You really ought to make time for the club fields at some point though.

 

@turtle Did you not ski enough at the start of the season? Btw Remarks was pretty good (for late September) when I was last up there (Saturday) so I can see why they think it's worth staying open another week.

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Yoichi, we've only had 4 days at the Remarkables so far, at least one of which was bordering on outstanding. We live in Canterbury, so primarily ski here. But we have family and associated accommodation in Queenstown, so usually spend a couple of weeks during school holidays down south in the ski season. This year we opted for Remarkables only (as opposed to the combined Coronet/Remarkables) passes for just me and our daughter, mainly because she turned 11 during the season (it's free for under-11s, and a season's pass costs something like $20 for them) and I was hoping, as you do, to save some money. I haven't worked it out, but I think we probably came out ahead. Be nice to squeeze in another day or 2 next week though, specially since it still looks so nice.

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Fair enough. It's always nice to squeeze in a couple more days when the snow is good.

 

For what it's worth, I grew up skiing Remarkables (as opposed to Coronet) because of the higher free ticket age =) Fortunately once I hit 11, the local schools got great season's pass deals for their students, something like $120 when I was 11 and more like $280 at the end of high school. I don't know if there's ever been anything similar for Mt. Hutt?

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I managed another couple of days (strictly gentle cruising) at the Remarkables in some wider rental boots. Still painful but toe definitely on the mend. My husband and daughter were a bit more adventurous. (Pic in another thread: http://epicski.onthesnow.com/t/99610/kid-stoke-picture-thread/120#post_1623565 .)

 

When we lived in Invercargill we generally skied at Remarkables too -- closer, sunnier, less icy, and less crowded than Coronet Peak. The lift-accessed runs are much shorter (apart from Homeward Bound), with some big traverses and flat spots, but there's pretty good skiing if you're prepared to do some walking. 

 

No idea what deals locals get at Mt Hutt -- maybe Methven school kids get something? But hopefully we can make it up there for a day before it closes on Sunday -- heaps of new snow though it'll be well tracked out by now. We seem to have a family tradition of only skiing at Hutt on closing day!

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