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Hi, can anyone tell me anything about Craigieburn NZ?
post #2 of 6
Hi Bec

Craigieburn Valley Ski Club

I've been skiing there for about 25 years. What would you like to know?

Glen Plake used to vist every year for a while, and called it the "best ski terrain in the southern hemisphere". When it's good its awesome, like this:
Powder Day!!
and when its bad, well, it can be horrid, but at least you're in the real mountains with real people, and we have a mind blowing new day lodge on top of a ridge to hang out in.

I could tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks Grum,

It's just the one place to stay there then? If you catch a train to Cass is there a way to get to Craigieburn?

Do you live there?

Is there any point organising a day at Porter Heights as well?

I've never been to any of the club field in NZ only Hutt, TC, Cardrona and Remarkables (Coronet always sounds like sheet ice when I'm over there).

And what is a triple black diamond like?! I've skiied couloirs and stuff in Canada and red runs in Austria (not sure what they were about) is it much the same?

post #4 of 6
OK lets see...

Just the one place to stay, awesome setting in the beech forest 5mins stroll from the bottom tow. You're either in 6-bunk rooms, or for about $15 more per person can have a double room (either double bed or double plus a bunk for the kids). Highly recommend the double rooms if you're coming as a couple. Everyone eats/lives/drinks (mostly drinks) together in the main lodge. The bar goes off, especially after a powder day.

No way to get there from Cass AFAIK. I'd forget the train. I'm pretty sure you can find a commercial operator to give you a return trip from Christchurch (4WD Hi-Ace type of thing). There might be a phone number or link from the CVSC website. I could find out for you if not. Some people rent a car in Chch but I'm not sure its worth the hassle and it just sits in the carpark costing you money all week.

No I don't live there :-( I live in Christchurch. Spent most of a season there once tho' which was pretty cool.

A day at Porters on the way home could be good - maybe wait til you get here and see what condx are like. If Craigieburn is good you wont want to leave, trust me on this. And Porters can be struggling for cover sometimes. You can also ski Broken River from Craigieburn - hiking required is about 10 mins on the way over and 40 mins on the way back. There will probably be other people doing this during the week, I recommend it. The two fields are promoting themselves as one large backcountry area this year. Also you might easily meet someone on the skiweek who is keen to drive to another field for a day.

Ah so you've seen Mt Shut, Coronet Creek, Cardrongo, and The Regrettables. All OK on the right day, but NOTHING like Craigieburn. You are heading in the right direction, grasshopper.

Triple Black Diamond - I might give that one a miss. But I'm sure your skiing will be fine for most of the field - I've seen a few of your postings in here over the last year or so. Most of it is no harder than the Towers or the South Face at Mt Hutt. And there ARE some easy(ish) runs, mostly its the snow conditions that can be tricky - no grooming so you have to be prepared to "enjoy" whatever nature provides. Popular skis are Mod-X, Intuitive 74, R:EX, G3 etc. Quite a lot of helmets too.

Oh, and its opening day tomorrow

Hope that helps, feel free to ask for more info.
post #5 of 6
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Thanks again.

Did you head out there on the weekend? It sounds like there's a bit of snow already.

So is a triple really that much harder than a double?

I think my skis should be OK (Volkl T50's) they have a wide shovel otherwise I'll just cope.

My friend booked us into the accom today and we booked flights on the weekend so all set to go! Can't wait. Thinking of spending a night in Arthurs pass as well and going for a walk. Have you walked around that area?

The other field sounds interesting too. I'll keep it in mind when I'm there and see what happens.

In the meantime it's super mainstream Mt Buller for me this weekend. Oh well it's all snow and it's all good.
post #6 of 6
Ended up going to Broken River (right next door) on Sunday. Early season cover but the snow was in great condition. Craigieburn's report this morning says they got another 10cms on the upper field last night, with a bit of rain at base level. Typical Nor'West precip pattern.

That Triple Diamond has really got your attention, hasn't it? I don't think the grading is meant to be too scientific. More like just "Oh f..., you want me to ski THAT!!?" One of them is called 210, I think 'cos that's the width in cms. :

I've seen some T50's up there. They should be great for the chutes.

Arthurs Pass is a good idea. Lots of walks to choose from. The park info centre there will be able to advise you where to go. Avalanche danger can be an issue above the bushline. I've done a bit of tramping in the area, it's spectacular. Bring some good footwear - you might be walking in the snow. There are a couple of nice bush tracks at Craigieburn too - a good option if the field is closed for a day.

Which week are you guys booked on? - I get up to Craigieburn quite often - we could hook up for a run or two if you like.

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