For those of us accustomed to Northern Hemisphere winters, skiing in the Southern Hemisphere can be… disappointing. That’s not to say there aren’t awesome turns to be found, but the snow is generally a lot less consistent and of varying quality. Resorts tend to be smaller, usually with only a handful of lifts, and normally require some kind of drive […]
The 2021 ski season in New Zealand was supposed to be a comeback after last winter’s challenges, but the industry is not having much luck so far. Firstly, fears amidst the corona pandemic led to extended shutdowns of international travel. These restrictions forced last-minute cancellations from Australian–school holidaymakers. This year’s June vacation time would be a major boost in morale […]
New Zealand was COVID-free for 102 days. That was, until four new cases of the deadly respiratory illness were reported this week in Auckland, prompting several ski areas to close so that they can prepare to operate under Level 2 COVID restrictions. Related: Against All Odds, New Zealand Ski Resorts See Record Number of Visitors New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda […]
Back in Mid-August of 2016, a father and son team descended upon a Southern Hemisphere gem…The Remarkables ski field near Queenstown, New Zealand. Located on the southern part of the South Island, the Remarkables is a mini mountain range by its own right. Running in a true North to South fashion and separated by the rest of the Southern Alps, not only does it have impeccable scenery but it also holds some absolutely radical terrain.
The Remarkables hosted the North Face Frontier today in the famous Alta Chutes. The conditions were perfect with fresh snow overnight and sunshine for most of the day. The Alta chutes are consistently steep and offer many options for both skiers and snowboarders. There are the classic slightly wider Elevator and Escalator chutes with lots of rockier and narrower areas […]
A backcountry skier triggered, got caught in, and escaped injured from an avalanche near The Remarkables ski resort in New Zealand today, July 25th. The avalanche occurred at 3:12pm near Lake Alta. The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council stated that the man who triggered the avalanche was on the edge of the 500m (1,600′) wide avalanche and was able to […]