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Skiing in New Zealand??

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I am new to this site but it looks like there is tons of information on here!

I am looking to go to skiing in my summer holidays and New Zealand seems like an obvious choice. I want to do an instructor or improver course whilst I am there so I can get much better.

Can anyone tell me more about skiing in NZ and whether they have any experience with the instructor courses?

Thanks

C
post #2 of 17

Mt Hutt and the Remarkables

Those are the areas I skied there, in 1999. Mt Hutt was great and is a large bowl facing the Pacific, 60 miles away. Between the coast and the mountain is a beautiful checkerboard of farms called the Cantibury Plain. Also heli'd at Treble Cone but didn't ski the mountain, fun and beautiful. Remarkables was also good terrain and near Queenstown, New Zealands adventure capital.
I found New Zealand a very friendly and beautiful place and fortunately took the time to tour the beautiful countryside of the south island. If you go to Fiordland check out Doubtful Sound not more famous, smaller and much more crowded Milford Sound. Arthur's Pass is also a great drive.
I'd also suggest checking out Icebreaker wool, based in Queenstown. Much better than any synthetic, you'll be comfortable over a much wider temprature range. Base and mid layer.
I liked it better than almost anywhere I've ever gone, but be ready for very long flights.
post #3 of 17
You might want to have a look at this page for details on an instructor training progrm thay will be running for winter 2009.
http://www.nzski.com/newsletter.jsp?...0-ABE1CA916C1C
post #4 of 17
paging Julie from NZ...

resort skiing = Wanaka

Club fields = the ultimate vacation time if you're just skiing. Cragieburn, Broken River, etc...

I've been twice for 6 weeks both times. If I were to go again, I would just lounge at the club fields.

My favorite inbounds terrain was Treble Cone.

Have fun...
post #5 of 17
Treble cone, Cardrona, and the Remarkables. They were so much fun, such a different experience then North American skiing. i know they all have huge ski schools, you cant go wrong staying around queenstown or wanaka
post #6 of 17
I teach in NEw Zealand. My home resort is Coronet Peak. It is part of a company called NZ.com. I believe the website is listed above. Depending on what your are looking for there are a lot of resorts to chose from. I would recommend taking enough time for your trip to ski the many different ski experiences NZ has to offer. The recommendation to ski the club fields above is a great one. I spent a season teaching in Porter Heights (this is arguably the most developed of these fields) and they a re a fantastic experience that you wont find elsewhere. Steep and rustic. The larger resorts, most of which are listed in comments above are located 5.5 hours south by car or about a 1 hour flight near Queenstown. All of them are great for their own reasons. Treble Cone is steep and a natural off pist terrain park, Cardrona has great intermediate runs and groomers. When the snow is good Cardrona has some pretty good off pist as well. They have done a lot of development in the recent past and the facilities are very good by NZ standards. Both Queenstown resorts are well developed and maintained ski areas. The Remakables has great intermediate slopes and, when the snow is good, excellent off pist that is hiking accessible. Coronet peak is an easy drive from Queenstown and has a lot of varied terrain for all levels. If you end up in the Christchurch area, Mt. Hutt is a great ski area. IF the snow is good and you have some time to explore the North Island take some time to check out Whakapappa (Spelling). In a god snow year one of the most fun mountains I've skied.

Hope that helps.
post #7 of 17
What Samurai said. But forget Treble Cone - $100 day passes, $1500 season passes.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for all your replies they are really useful.

Tom K the link you posted I could not make work, is there any other information on instructor courses in NZ out there?

Thanks
post #9 of 17
I also found hanging around the lift ticket office early morning scored me some great deals for heliskiing... scored a few ½ price seats during the two weeks I was there

One thing to watch out for... they are very particular regarding skiing out-of-bounds. We had a woman (in her early 60s) from Utah in our group who had her ticket pulled on three occasions by the ski patrol.
post #10 of 17
If you are keen on doing a course there is the 'Rookie' program. These are the same guys who run programs at Copper Mtn off-season.

http://www.rookieacademy.com/

The ski instructor courses are based at Treble Cone, Wanaka. Treble Cone is my favourite commercial ski area (club favourite is Craigieburn), and Wanaka is a one of the best ski towns.

The costs look high, but it is an 'easy' way to do it - the costs include accomodation, transport, ski passes and lessons. Pretty much everything but food and booze. A TC seasons pass for unlimited days is about $1500. Accomodation is in shared housing with other students, and you get picked up at the door. This is a big thing in NZ cause the ski areas reqire travel each day, from below the snow line on mountain roads. On-mountain accomodation is a rarity in NZ. Our dollar is dismal at the moment, buying 55 cents USD today, so you can pretty much halve what you see there to get USD. Some experts expect it to go below 50 cents. There has never been a better time to come

www.lakewanaka.co.nz
www.treblecone.co.nz

Do a search on rookie academy and you may find some posts by a member who has done it.
post #11 of 17
NonStopSki just started a 10-week NZ instructor program as well. I'm signed up for their 11-week Fernie instructor program this winter, and they all seem like a great group of people. Planning on heading to NZ when I'm done, but who knows. We'll see how it all works out.

They seem like they have a lot to offer, but like the Rookie Academy, it's a bit expensive, so it might not be what you're looking for.

Check it out...

http://www.nonstopski.com/instructor...ealand-course/

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by julie from nz View Post
If you are keen on doing a course there is the 'Rookie' program. These are the same guys who run programs at Copper Mtn off-season.

http://www.rookieacademy.com/

The ski instructor courses are based at Treble Cone, Wanaka. Treble Cone is my favourite commercial ski area (club favourite is Craigieburn), and Wanaka is a one of the best ski towns.

The costs look high, but it is an 'easy' way to do it - the costs include accomodation, transport, ski passes and lessons. Pretty much everything but food and booze. A TC seasons pass for unlimited days is about $1500. Accomodation is in shared housing with other students, and you get picked up at the door. This is a big thing in NZ cause the ski areas reqire travel each day, from below the snow line on mountain roads. On-mountain accomodation is a rarity in NZ. Our dollar is dismal at the moment, buying 55 cents USD today, so you can pretty much halve what you see there to get USD. Some experts expect it to go below 50 cents. There has never been a better time to come

www.lakewanaka.co.nz
www.treblecone.co.nz

Do a search on rookie academy and you may find some posts by a member who has done it.
I agree, having done my CSIA Level 2 and 3 out there with these guys (and coming from a fairly 'critical detail' training back ground myself) this is the best civilian training organisation I have come across - professional in every way. Price represents everything except your airfare and spending money.

Choose your course depending on where you think you wish to work.

Good luck.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by 2meke View Post
What Samurai said. But forget Treble Cone - $100 day passes, $1500 season passes.
Yeah, but $100NZ<$60US. Not sure where the original poster is from, but that's not a bad deal at all.

My wife and I drove from Auckland down to Christchurch this past summer, and skied at Mt Hutt. It was a nice surprise to get to the ferry in Wellington, and be given a Mt Hutt 2-for-1 lift ticket voucher!

Is there anywhere in the world that has cheaper heli-skiing than NZ? Conditions weren't good for heli when I was there, but I would definitely try to work it in.
post #14 of 17
Treble Cone lift rates are more expensive than the other NZ mountains, others were in the mid $80's last year, prompting samuiri's comments. I think you get a lot more skiing and runs for your buck at TC compared to places like Cardrona at $84 - runs are short in compariosn to the time you spend in queues and on lifts. Cardrona sell Season passes for $499, big diff to TC $1500, but I get bored there after half a day. You get what you pay for.

Last season our dollars was about 70c or above. Experts are predicting that it will drop down to 45c soon so 2009 might be the year to ski NZ, cause that means you lift pass could be less than $50 at out most expensive (and best) mountain. What I don't get is how the US economic crisis has caused our dollar to drop against the USD when they caused it? maybe that why we need economists....
post #15 of 17
BTW, I never said TC was expensive.

Julie, your dollar dropped against the US dollar because the USD is not worth as much anymore. It also impacted the Yen. Tragically, all my savings I sent back to the states has decreased in value by about 20%. If I take that savings back to Japan, I'll lose 20%.

All of this happened the day the fed announced the bailout. Instant inflation by the fed printing money and handing it out.

(not to get all political, sorry... just tired of societies not living within their salaries. Even us outside the states are paying for that.)
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by samurai View Post
BTW, I never said TC was expensive.

Julie, your dollar dropped against the US dollar because the USD is not worth as much anymore. It also impacted the Yen. Tragically, all my savings I sent back to the states has decreased in value by about 20%. If I take that savings back to Japan, I'll lose 20%.

All of this happened the day the fed announced the bailout. Instant inflation by the fed printing money and handing it out.

(not to get all political, sorry... just tired of societies not living within their salaries. Even us outside the states are paying for that.)
well you and everyone else who invested in the stock market or anything else really in america. there are people who were stock market millionairs that are now millions of dollars poorer
post #17 of 17
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well you and everyone else who invested in the stock market or anything else really in america. there are people who were stock market millionairs that are now millions of dollars poorer
That was my point. I didn't invest in the stock market. I live in Japan. That impacted the whole world... not just the rich investors in the states.

When the fed prints money to bail people out, inflation is instantaneous.
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