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Tasman Glacier video from Powderhounds (2014)

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Just thought I'd share a nice video I just found of some folks skiing the Tasman Glacier last year:


To give you a different outlook, the Tasman is that tongue a bit to the left of the middle of this photo:
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Yeah, great if you like low angle stuff under objective serac danger.
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Not many other ways to get 10km long intermediate runs in NZ wink.gif

On a more serious note, yes, that's why I'm watching this footage instead of skiing there myself.
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Just pretty, what serene terrain at the "bottom" of the world. Watching it made me feel kind of sad as am sitting in the 'capital' of the world, there are towers here too, just concrete canyons, and pothole-o-rama crevassed terrain!:D 

 

I have to say the terrain reminded me of some of the valleys in Tignes-Val D'Isere. Clearly the terrain skied is not like L'Espace Killy but the serac navigation was interesting to say the least. Does anyone actually think they are going to fall over on you when one is there, just curious and is there a recorded moment of a serac falling on a skier anywhere? Again curious.

 

Also, Yo- in your other thread, on NZ resorts, why not put a Google or Apple Map Satellite terrain map up marking out all the ski areas in New Zealand that you mention. You may not realize that even though many of us are very aware of where NZ is and so on, most of us have little or no feel for it's geography, and the likelihood of visiting is slim, so an aerial screen tour is good for the knowledge storage drives and just cool. You know you can mark your map image, trace routes on an iMac or Macbook just by saving the map as an image, opening it with preview and then using the editing etc. tools. Don't need any fancy Adobe Photoshop or some other standalone software to do that.

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Not sure about people being concerned about a serac falling on them while they're under it on those tours, but I've certainly seen and heard much crazier things elsewhere.

I don't know of any recorded incidents of seracs on the Tasman Glacier falling on skiers during a guided tour specifically, but serac falls on that glacier have definitely killed a few climbers (who may or may not have been skiing at the time). I don't have exact figures or locations on hand, but I could probably find out if you really wanted me to.

Re. marking out all the ski areas in New Zealand on a map, I think that is a great idea. No doubt I'll miss one or two and make someone mad, but even just giving people some idea of where most of them are would be good. I'm thinking a custom Google map might be the way to go.
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Not sure about people being concerned about a serac falling on them while they're under it on those tours, but I've certainly seen and heard much crazier things elsewhere.

I don't know of any recorded incidents of seracs on the Tasman Glacier falling on skiers during a guided tour specifically, but serac falls on that glacier have definitely killed a few climbers (who may or may not have been skiing at the time). I don't have exact figures or locations on hand, but I could probably find out if you really wanted me to.

Re. marking out all the ski areas in New Zealand on a map, I think that is a great idea. No doubt I'll miss one or two and make someone mad, but even just giving people some idea of where most of them are would be good. I'm thinking a custom Google map might be the way to go.

Dude, glad you like the idea. It always was a source of frustration especially in video, people are skiing, it looks great but often becomes lifeless or soul-less when you don't know where, even when the terrain is listed but not which run, what was the track they took, and when I know the area somewhat or well, it's doubly f---! So many thanks, much appreciated, that part of the world requires a good long trip and a good friend of ours (my boy's really) is the director of Snow Sports at Treble Cone, and invites us all the time, but it's a long way.

 

On the Tasman Glacier, any chance the map above can be retouched with a "track line" ... thanks Yo

 

Seracs - yes, they fall on climbers sure, but that is because the climber is 'climbing' the damn thing , ice picks and ropes and nails and all! :eek:D 

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