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Outside Sports at the Peak to Peak

Outside Sports at the Peak to Peak

The Southern Traverse Peak to Peak race took place over the weekend and it was a beautiful day for the 44km race across the Queenstown basin. The races five stages consisted of skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, running and road cycling which meant individuals and teams needed to master a range of outdoor sports in order to make it to the podium.

The event began at the top of The Remarkables ski area with the skiers running downhill to their skis and boards then speeding 4km down the trail Homeward Bound to the road. There, individuals ditched their ski boots and team mates were tagged in for the 12km mountain bike down the Remarkables road and onwards to Frankton beach. Once at the lake, the racers took off in kayaks and paddled 7km to the Queenstown lakefront. From there, runners bolted through Queenstown, along Gorge Road 9km towards the bottom of Coronet Peak road. The final leg started at Coronet Alpine Hotel where runners swapped to road bikes and cyclists pedalled 9km up the Coronet road to the snow at the base building...

"where they were cheered in by supporters and team mates as they crossed the finish line."

Outside Sports Queenstown entered a social team to have some fun and show the town what they were made of. Elke got on the skis after a challenging run in ski boots and shot down Homeward Bound somewhere in of the middle of the pack. Feidhlim then took to the downhill bike and bombed down the road, overtaking people on the way. Feidhlim then swapped from bike to paddle, putting some real effort in for the team. Unfortunately...

"the kayak was quite tippy and threw Feidhlim into the freezing lake a couple of times"

which meant having to paddle to shore to empty the boat before continuing. James took over at the lakefront with some ground to make up and sped away on foot toward Coronet Peak. James made back the ground lost in the kayak putting the Outside Sports team back near the middle of the field. Geoff then shot off up the coronet peak road chasing down the teams ahead. The Outside Sports team ended up crossing the finish line with an overall placing of 58th and a 12th placing in the business house team category, not a bad effort for the social team.

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Outside Sports athlete and staff member Floortje Grimmet entered as an individual in the women’s open section. Floortje had just come back from a 6 month training break so it was time for her to come back in style! She had a good ski, bike, kayak, and run but had to chase hard on the uphill cycle to make it to the front of the pack. Floortje ended up flying ahead and taking out 1st place in the open women section. Well done!

"Jo Williams from Wanaka, another Outside Sports athlete claimed her fifth win at the Peak to Peak"

with a time of 2hrs 31mins and 33 secs beating her time from last year by more than 12minutes. What’s more impressive is that she was in the veteran’s category and was still the fastest women of the day. A huge congratulations to Jo who was 1st veteran women as well as being the 1st women overall.

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All in all it was a fun day out and everyone had a great time whether they were on the track or spectating form the side-lines. Watch out for Outside Sports at the finish line next year!


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Touring the Remarks

By Ross Flatman, Rentals @ outsidesports

Looking for something to get you away from the crowds whilst your skiing?

Head for a ski tour in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, The Remarkables. In just 45mins you are up to an altitude of 1600m and at the base for a number of great tours.

With huge dumps at the start of June, the 2013 season has kicked off with over a metre of snow base to the Remarks, filling in many chutes and faces that are worthy of donning the skins and getting up to.

The easiest chutes to get to are the Alta chutes on the NW corner of Lake Alta. With a Remarkables lift pass these are only a 10 minute walk from the top of the Shadow Basin chairlift. From the top of the ridge ridge there’s plenty of choices, from the steep and narrow Elevator to the wide open face of Boulder Basin.

Boulder basin

Looking for a challenge? Head for the opposite side of Lake Alta. A short skin from the base building, up beside the Alta chair will take you 10 minutes, from here you are on your own as everything ahead of you is inaccessible to those who don’t want to walk.

From the photo you can see two possible descents from 2030m. Skiers right is a wide open alpine like face, which if the snow conditions allow, will be an unforgettable ski. Skiers right has a very steep and slightly more technical top section, but opens out to provide the same rewarding smile!

Alta skin

Want more? For the more adventurous there is the highest peak in the range. This is where our crew of Outside Sports staff headed on Saturday the 29th June. A tour up Double Cone and down into Wye Creek. The skin up from the saddle and onto the East Face provides some steep, exposed and challenging skinning conditions, with the very peak requiring a boot pack up 60 degrees. From here the ski down the east face through a grand couloir and down into Wye Creek is a great ski. Wide open faces and tight steep turns provide everything you wanted after the 2 hour climb. After the descent, a quick 30mins on the skins gets you back up to the saddle to ski back down through the ski fields for a well earned beer! A great morning tour for the advanced skier looking to head into the backcountry!

east face


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Can we fix it – Yes we Can


Opening day at any ski field is a wild one with lots of exited, fresh legs wanting to get their first turns and lap out all day. Meanwhile trying to remember how to turn and how fast you can go (or not). but this opening day was a special one  30cm of fresh snow on top of an already impressive base – it was going to be epic.

But with any ski field set on a base of sharp rocks there will be a few rocks popping up from the great base of snow, of course I found one. After lapping it out until my legs didn't work I headed for home to find this big surprise on my skis.


 A decent core shot, one of the best we've had in the ski workshop this season, but with a season start like this, it won't be the last.  Here's how we repaired it.

ImageStage 1 of the repair is to dry the base and clean any debris from the area. I also like to cut any sharp edges from the hole to make filling the hole easier.

  ImageStep 2  is to melt glue wire into the hole with the corner of the ptex gun at 300 degrees C.  This sets a good foundation for the ptex material to hold onto.

ImageStage 3 Allow the glue wire to cool and trim the material from the surrounding area with a craft knife. Now fill the hole with ptex base material either with a ptex stick or ptex gun. allow this to cool and scrape of the excess material.

ImageStage 4 Onto the legendary 'Montana snow cruiser max'  where it will be lightly ground to perfection and set with a light structure using a crystal glide finish, perfect for New Zealand snow conditions

Stage 5 - The finishing touch - the wax finish using our fantastic new 'wax future'  and we have a finished professionally repaired core shot.

Until the next powder day.


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