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Closing date is 6th of Snovember

 

... in that case we may not close the thread down.

 

Still hanging in there. [edit - snowing very lightly again at the very top of the hill on Mon, 17 Oct]

 


Edited by sinbad7 - 10/16/16 at 2:55pm
post #182 of 201
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This is nuts.  Someone needs to tell mother nature the winter crowds have packed up and gone home, and the bike riders would really like it to start warming up about now.

 

 

 

This is especially nuts.  It still looks like you'd need your powder skis.

 


Edited by sinbad7 - 10/19/16 at 5:17am
post #183 of 201
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It snowed down to the Village again yesterday.  Curious end to the season.

 


Edited by sinbad7 - 10/26/16 at 2:29pm
post #184 of 201
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Going, going, gone.  

 

No sign of a season ending video, so we're done this year.  Thanks folks.

 

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R.I.P.

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@sinbad7 : thanks for reporting on the 2016 season. :)

post #187 of 201
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@sinbad7 : thanks for reporting on the 2016 season. :)

 

My pleasure. 

 

We've just booked a trip to Telluride in the back half of February.  Looking forward to that now.

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My pleasure. 

 

We've just booked a trip to Telluride in the back half of February.  Looking forward to that now.

 

I wanna see a trip report!!

post #189 of 201
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Giddyup!

 

 

post #190 of 201
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Just for the record, it snowed again last week.  Back half of November and still snowing.  Wow!

 

Oh!  And we have an upgrade to our snow charts.

 

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Just for the record, it snowed again last week.  Back half of November and still snowing.  Wow!

 

Oh!  And we have an upgrade to our snow charts.

 


​Aside from the two rather unusual rain events in July the season was pretty solid - and long lasting. Snow producing cold fronts right through October and November.

Here in sub-tropical Queensland the weather was cooler than usual (particularly night time temps) well into November.

Does that have some relationship with the warm weather hanging around well into fall for North America?

post #192 of 201

Meanwhile,in New Zealand in the the middle of summer ......

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/88652853/freak-snowfall-brings-winter-to-cardrona-in-summer

 

 

 

Cardrona Alpine Resort guests awoke to 30 centimetres of fresh snow on Sunday morning.

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Meanwhile,in New Zealand in the the middle of summer ......

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/88652853/freak-snowfall-brings-winter-to-cardrona-in-summer



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Wow! That's crazy.
post #194 of 201
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Wow! That's crazy.


​What is crazy is the cost of accommodation at the ski hills (or even small towns 25 minutes car ride from the resorts).

I had a look today for accommodation for our August trip and the prices are outrageous. $800Aud per night is one of the lower rates I saw for Thredbo. To put it in perspective I paid $250Aud per night to stay in Snowmass Colorado (on the snow) in January just gone.

Even the cost of Jindabyne accommodation is $300 plus per night - and that is a significant drive to the mountain.

I think I paid $125aud per night for Salt Lake City accommodation. LOL.

post #195 of 201
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​What is crazy is the cost of accommodation at the ski hills (or even small towns 25 minutes car ride from the resorts).

I had a look today for accommodation for our August trip and the prices are outrageous. $800Aud per night is one of the lower rates I saw for Thredbo. To put it in perspective I paid $250Aud per night to stay in Snowmass Colorado (on the snow) in January just gone.

Even the cost of Jindabyne accommodation is $300 plus per night - and that is a significant drive to the mountain.

I think I paid $125aud per night for Salt Lake City accommodation. LOL.

Most of us Kiwis dont bother with Australian resorts for that exact reason  Maybe try the Queenstown and Wanaka areas in New Zealand then. There are a few ski fields there. Remarkables,Coronet Peak,Cardrona and Treble Cone .Both towns have a great range of accommodation and restaurants.Ski in ski out ithough s pretty much non existent in NZ unless you stay at a smaller club field .

post #196 of 201
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Most of us Kiwis dont bother with Australian resorts for that exact reason  Maybe try the Queenstown and Wanaka areas in New Zealand then. There are a few ski fields there. Remarkables,Coronet Peak,Cardrona and Treble Cone .Both towns have a great range of accommodation and restaurants.Ski in ski out ithough s pretty much non existent in NZ unless you stay at a smaller club field .
We've skied Queenstown a number of times. Great place. But the extra cost for airfares cancels out the cheaper lodging. I prefer Thredbo as a hill too.
post #197 of 201
I noticed Aussie skiing was more expensive than NZ when I skied both in 1997. Maybe fly to Christchurch (more major airport) and ski Mt.Hutt, Porters and some club fields? No question those are better hills than Thredbo. Also Treble Cone if you go to the Southern Lakes.

Jindabyne had cheap lodging in 1997, so sorry to hear if that's no longer true.
post #198 of 201
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I noticed Aussie skiing was more expensive than NZ when I skied both in 1997. Maybe fly to Christchurch (more major airport) and ski Mt.Hutt, Porters and some club fields? No question those are better hills than Thredbo. Also Treble Cone if you go to the Southern Lakes.

Jindabyne had cheap lodging in 1997, so sorry to hear if that's no longer true.
Flying to Christchurch does make it cheaper and Mt Hutt is great (the road up can be a bit hairy!)
I have suffered with long closures at Mt Hutt though. Never skied Porters.
What was your favourite hill in Oz/Nz? Did you ski Hotham/Buller in Victoria? And Turoa on the north island of NZ?
post #199 of 201
I was on an organized tour in July 1997 in Australia, just got away one day to ski Thredbo. The base was thin on a Friday but it had snowed 50cm 2 days before. I felt lucky as I'm sure the ensuing weekenders would have skied it down to the rocks.

I've had 4 NZ ski trips and only August 2006 had consistent good snow. So Treble Cone on that trip was the clear standout in my experience. My Hutt looks comparable but both times I was there it was hard packed so South Face and Tower chutes were closed. I hear good reviews about Craigieburn but did not go there in July 2010 because my guide said it was still too thin.

I have not skied Turoa but did have a decent spring day at Whakapapa in Sept. 1982.
Edited by Tony Crocker - 2/2/17 at 1:39pm
post #200 of 201

Turoa is my home ski field

Here is what I consider a fair , brief description of what it has to offer

 

http://www.onthesnow.co.nz/new-zealand/turoa/ski-resort.html

 

What it doesn't mention is the two vast and  very easily accessed back country areas, one on either side of the field 

The first is known locally as "The Glacier" 

You Tube ," the Glacier Turoa" for various videos to get an idea of the size 

The second back country area is known as Solitude and is  one vast area of open rolling meadows of snow with a few chutes ,rollovers and cliffs to jump off.

These two areas would probably add another 30% to the official size of the field

post #201 of 201

It's a bit early, but the 2017/18 thread has been started :

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/150591/australia-new-zealand-2017

 

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