OJ from Turoa Ski School having one of those days that instructor dreams are made of – Aug 9th
After a series of storms that closed the top of Turoa ski field in New Zealand for a week, we were rewarded with the best snow I’ve seen here in the last 2 seasons. This series of storms came in cold, and it has remained cold (highs around -10°C/14°F), which has kept the snow quality chalky and wintery for the last couple of days.
Sunday, August 9th was hands down the day of the year so far. The snow was phenomenal from top to bottom and you could hear hooting and hollering all over the mountain. The Nga Wai Heke chair was going off first thing with great snow on and off trail. There were already multiple tracks down the ~40 foot ice waterfall by the time I got there at 930am. Once the Highnoon express opened around 1130, that was definitely the place to be. Deep tracks were quickly placed across the entire resort and beyond.
By lunch, you could already see a steady stream of people making the hike to the summit. After shredding around all day with his kids, OJ felt compelled to find some more pow above the resort.
Monday and Tuesday remained cold with good visibility most of Monday and patches of visibility on Tuesday. We’ve got a couple days of decent weather on tap with more snow on the way afterwards. Yewww!