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I finally snapped

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well, after drooling over the latest Powder magazines and dreaming last night about hiking up to the snow I finally snapped and put on my ski boots and started making skiing movements around the lounge. I am wearing my boots as I write this. It is the middle of summer here, ridiculously hot right now and all I can think about is snow. I hate summer. It has only been a couple of months since I last skied, I don’t think I’ll last another six months, is there a patch or something available? I hope you are all appreciating your winter.


Is there anyone here who has hiked to the snow in the middle of summer?
post #2 of 16
i admire your fortitude. i broke down late november, put on everything from my helmet down to my skis.... i've been rationing my sanity and patience since i made my last turns in april -- but i counted on skiing in mid-december. i ran out of both a couple weeks ago -- it's a sad, sad state of affairs. not even excited about skiing anymore, i'm well beyond that. feel pretty apathetic.

i'm going skiing tomorrow, hopefully. we've had about 3 ft of snow over the past couple days, but i woke up this morning with a sore throat, achy limbs, and i feel more or less like poop. some celestial force has an awful sick sense of humour... hoping like hell it's just a 24 hour bug. wish me well...

edit: oh...you're from NZ... it's a long, hard road, fella. if you're already breaking down..... my heart goes out to you.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 25, 2001 06:46 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Auxcrinier ]</font>
post #3 of 16
Give the hike a try. I've extended my season a few more weeks by earning turns and its a great break from the heat. Start out really early and get your runs in by noon for the best snow. I've even got access to year-round lift served (4-5 hour drive away) but I've come to prefer the hiking up.
post #4 of 16

You asked if anyone here hikes to skiing in the middle of the summer. Actually, there are several who do. Here in Utah, we can usually find snow patches in the mountains all the way through the summer. I don't know how the access is to some of your higher peaks in NZ, but you'd be amazed at how therapeutic a summer hike that leads to 25 turns can be.

Here's a site with some pictures of a trip we took just over the ridge from Alta this past July 1:

We were able to get almost 40 turns per lap of perfect corn snow. The hike to the base of the chute took about 1.5 hours each way and the skiing was so good we did multiple laps.

Bottom line is, if there's snow up somewhere up there in your mountains and you can hike to it in 3 hours or less, it's a wonderful way to spend a summer day.

post #5 of 16
You can ski Timberline in Oregon in the summer and you don't have to hike!!


P.S. - you're not crazy you're just living in the wrong country - you need to "winter" somewhere else.
post #6 of 16
There was a young woman named Snack.
Whose priorities were all out of whack.
Riding lifts up Mount Hood
Ain't nearly as good
As hiking with skis on your back.


Sorry. You asked for a limerick a few days ago...
post #7 of 16
Speaking of snapping...
When I woke up this morning, there was powder everywhere in Belfast - we'd had about 3" over night.
No base, just 3" of powder.

I grabbed my old Black Magics, and was about to head out when I remembered that I'd left one of my boots in the ski shop so they could swap out my faulty binding.

I then started searching for my old Rossi boots, but they've vanished.

You might have seen Stormont castle on the TV when they talk about Northern Ireland politics, well, it's 5 minutes from my place, and if I could have found my old boots, I'd have been up there. OK, after 1 run down the road, I would have needed new bases on the skis, but it would have been skiing.

I can't bear not skiing. What shall I do for the next 11 months?
Or, change that, I might be able to get away in April, but would be travelling alone.
Suggetsions for where I could go, or if anyone would like to hook up with me/let me sleep on their floor?

Just one warning: Never give me water, only alcohol, and don't feed me after midnight or I might want to reproduce! [img]smile.gif[/img]

Anyway, this is me signing off for 6 days. See you next week.

Have a happy new year.

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Cheers all, it's good to know I'm not the only insane one here. I have had three northern hemisphere winters and loved it but unfortunately can't make it this year.

Actually there is some summer snow around. Last January I hiked with a friend up a peak here, a couple of hundred meters of continuous vertical with decent coverage. We bum slid the entire way down, awesome fun.

Just wondering about the best time of day to do it though. We headed up fairly late and the snow had softened a lot, is it better to head up when it is still frozen and hang around until it is soft enough to ski? Its not really snow, just wet corn which has gone through many freeze/thaw cycles.

The thing is it is about a 2 hr drive then a 2 hr hike to the start of the snow, then another two hours up on snow for 2 minutes of downhill. What the hell am I saying, of course I am going to do it.

Stewart - My parents are currently living in Bishops Stortford, just north of London and they were saying they got more like 6 inches there. It is definitely just a tease though. At my local field here we have night skiing and it is great watching it at the start of the season with sparks flying off the edges of the skis as people hit buried rocks

edit: great photos Bob, I'm inspired.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 26, 2001 04:25 PM: Message edited 1 time, by kiwiski ]</font>
post #9 of 16
Start the hike early in the AM, try to start start skiing before noon. I've found that by 1 or 2, the snow has usually softened up to wet sloppy slush.
For the hike up, you can sling your skis and boot up, but there is a gizmo called an Alpine Tracker that clicks into your
bindings and allows you to have a free heel for climbing and traversing.
Here's an link to the manufacturer's main page. http://www.bcaccess.com/fmain.html

Match them up with some climbing skins (Hydrophobics are best) and you can go straight up the hill
which will make for a much less exhausting day.

Once we got set up with Trekkers and skins, my wife stopped complaining and is happy to join in.
(she hated the hiking up part - "Ski lifts were invented for a REASON!") [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 16
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bob.Peters:
There was a young woman named Snack.
Whose priorities were all out of whack.
Riding lifts up Mount Hood
Ain't nearly as good
As hiking with skis on your back.


Sorry. You asked for a limerick a few days ago...

Thank you for the limerick!!! I just pulled that suggestion out of a hat but you all rose to the occassion. I am impressed with all the talented limerick writers we have here!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 27, 2001 05:10 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Sugar Snack ]</font>
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks Tom, getting up early sounds like the plan. Trackers aren't really an option though, the place where I plan on going is a chute which opens out at the bottom, about 30-40 degrees, the last time I did it was with ice axe and crampons and they were absolutely essential. Touring equipment is not really used here except for on the glaciers. It is generally too steep and the ridge lines are pretty jagged.

It should be a decent length run though, now to start planning...
post #12 of 16

Thanks for the compliments about the photos. In the interest of full disclosure, however, I should tell you that the photos and text on that site were done by Andrew McLean, not me. It's kind of fun keeping track of Andrew's various exploits - his main site is:

And he just started the 2002 chronicle:

Back to summer skiing, you've got it exactly right (as does TomK). Start early enough that you're doing the actual skiing shortly after the snow surface has started to soften. Sometimes, it may not harden much at all overnight, depending on temperature, so a little experience helps a lot. By mid-summer, the only "snow" we can usually find is in sheltered, north-facing chutes and gullies. I assume yours would be *south*-facing? (Boy, does that seem weird.)

Anyway, it's usually best to start pretty early in the morning. If you're early, you can always wait in the sun for things to soften a little. If you're late, it may already be too sloppy. Also, if you're early you can get the hiking and skiing done quickly and move on to the most important part of the day - drinking beer in celebration of the fact that you've just made *ski turns* while all the other slackers are sitting around whining about when the snow is going to fall again.

If you go, give us a report?

post #13 of 16
That's right, you're on the South Island where it tends to be steeper. I was thinging of Turoa and Whakapapa type terrain up on the North Island with a longer and flatter approach. The trekkers are good for accessing the usual slopes and skifields after the lifts stop running. I'd guess that they are something to think about for next year's early post-season adventures. Have a good hike & run.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Bob - Just had a good look around that site, incredible! Andrew sounds like the man. Yeah south facing is the cold side, when I was in the US it took me a wee while to get used to the sun going going across the sky to the south, I spent the first week or so wondering why I was perpetually disorientated.

Tom - It's cool to find someone who actually knows something about NZ skiing. I havent skied in the North Island since I was about 6 but funnily enough I am about to head up there tonight for new years and will probably head up Whakapapa for a wander around. I won't be able to bring my skis though

I won't be able to make the mission for a few weeks but I'll let you all know how it turns out.

And happy New Years all [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #15 of 16
Kiwski, I worked for Clear Communications down there for a couple of years back in the early 90's helping them get started. Was based out of Auckland, but took a LOT of holiday time for travel and adventure. Made the drive down to Ruapehu many times, dragging a lot of Kiwis along for the adventure.

For some additional inspiration on your upcoming adventure, check this guy's page out.
Over a hundred months of consecutive skiing, and NO other hemisphere travelling to get it.
post #16 of 16

What you really need is a trip to North America so you can get a good "fix' for your sking addiction. Airfares are very favorable, though the value of our money is high. Perhaps Canada in March or early April.British Columbia, Albeta, and the province just east of Alberta. Great skiing !!!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 28, 2001 06:02 PM: Message edited 1 time, by wink ]</font>
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