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Re: 2019 - NZ and Oz

Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:00 pm

Treble Cone is closing after this weekend. I think that's at least a week early.

Still a lot better than South America, where Portillo and Las Lenas closed early this month.

Re: 2019 - NZ and Oz

Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:49 am

Most Oz hills on extended seasons.
Ruapehu (NZ) is on my radar for this time next year. Kids started school holidays today but the Kiwis are one week later.
Apparently late September usually provides a loaded base and no crowds. I’ll hire a guide and some gear so the family can get their first taste of ski touring.

Re: 2019 - NZ and Oz

Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:56 am

I have reached a similar conclusion about North Island NZ: better in spring than winter. Mt. Bachelor is like that for some of the same reasons. Both are volcanic cones with heavy wind exposure and thus chronic closure of the highest lift(s). The above tree line terrain is often wind hammered in winter but can have good corn in spring. Bachelor has the advantage of half its 3,000+ vertical being below tree line, much better for powder quality after storms.

Most of my NZ time has been on South Island, so a week+ visiting the places I haven't been on North Island with a few days of skiing is an attractive proposition during this time frame in some future season.
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