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Winter is here- FINALLY!

Winter is here!

The El Nino weather pattern gave us a great warm, long summer, and it was always said we would be in for a delayed start to winter, and wasn’t that the truth.

In mid may the South Island had a big snow fall and all was looking good for the season ahead.

Queenstown snow Outside Sports NZ

Fiona and Kea pre season touring.

Queenstown ski fields opened to schedule and we were stoked to have so many bluebird days, unfortunately a couple of warm weeks later the snow was melting away fast. No storms came through which meant Coronet Peak had to close for a week during winter festival and Treble Cone had to delay their opening day, things we not looking great…..

Eventually we got a couple of weeks where the temperatures dropped allowing some great snow making to be done and the re-opening of Coronet Peak, but still no natural snow.

Coronet Opening Outside Sports NZ

Candice opening day at Coronet Peak.

Until now.

Coronet Peak Outside Sports NZ

Recent Snowfall at Coronet Peak

The Remarkables recent snowfall Outside Sports NZ

Recent Snowfall at The Remarkables.

Over the past week the snow has finally been falling and it looks, and feels like winter is finally here!

Remarkables Outside SPorts NZ

Morning Sky over The Remarkables

As of Monday 18th July, Cardrona has a solid base of 45cm at the base building and 65 at the summit, Treble Cone has a base of 85cm at the base building and 120 at the summit, Remarkables has 40cm at the base building and 75cm at the summit, Coronet Peak has 20cm at the base and 60cm at the summit.

And the forecast shows there is more on its way this weekend!

Elke Ski Touring Outside Sports NZ

Elke Ski Touring the Pisa Range

If the long term predication is correct it’s looking like we could be in for a long, late winter so get prepared for some great skiing all season long!

 

Elmo Cotter

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Harris Mountain Heli-Ski

I went Heli skiing with Harris Mountain!!

Monday 11th July 2016 by Yuki

Up until just recently we haven't seen much snow on the ski fields in Queenstown, the weather has been so mild. The good news is there is still plenty of snow up higher, you just need a helicopter to get there!

Harris Mountain Heli Ski by Yuki Outside Sports NZ

(Take off time after some avalanche safety training and helicopter loading).

So I went Heli Skiing with Harris Mountain Heli Ski!!

Harris Mountain Heli Ski by Yuki Outside Sports NZ

(First run and I can't quite believe where I am).

The weather was fantastic and the views from the top of our private, untracked mountain were just gorgeous.

Harris Mountain Heli Ski by Yuki Outside Sports NZ

Not only were the snow conditions awesome, at lunch they put on a delicious spread of cheeses, meats and hot drinks- on a snow carved table.

Harris Mountain Heli Ski by Yuki Outside Sports NZ

This was my first time ever Heli Skiing and I would highly recommend it. Harris Mountain offer various levels of terrain to suit your ability so you don't need to be a world class skier to experience this amazing New Zealand trip. It's great to get away from the crowded ski fields and ski some untracked New Zealand powder.

What I was wearing from Outside Sports:

-Haglofs Spirit Jacket

-Haglofs L.I.M Power Dry Hood

-Icebreaker 200 Oasis Base layer

-Icebreaker 200 Body Fit Zone legless

-Icebreaker Oasis Balaclava

-Icebreaker Sierra Gloves

-Marmot Spring Glove

-Spyder Sport Merino socks

-Smith Optics Maze Helmet

-Dalbello Scorpion Ski Boots

-Rossignol Saffron Ski (Outside Sports Ski Rental)

#WhereAdventuresBegin

 

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Achieve a season goal in hours

I'm lucky enough this season to be coached by Jackson Wells.

Today was my first day with him at Cardrona and he asked me on my first ride on the chair what goals I want to accomplish this season.  I told him I wanted to achieve a 270 onto a rail in the big park.  He loved the idea and got me practicing them straight away.  

After a couple of attempts in the Mini Park I was confident enough to bring them to the big park.  

The trick needs more work but I'm stoked I've achieved a season goal in just a couple of hours.

Cheers to #JacksonWells for a productive day!

#WhereAdventuresBegin

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