Arghhhh……August New Zealand Angst – 08/18/04
NZ August 2004
2 feet last 48 hours….Rinsed out propa’
Went to the Remarks today but the roads were treacherous in the morning. The sick lift was on hold due to avalanche control and flat light…only skied a couple runs. The worst part about it is that it was pretty much bluebird everywhere but on the mountain…oh well.
Music:– Alec Empire “NEW WORLD ORDER”
Looks like some mean weather on its way so I don’t know about tomorrow…
Here are some pics from today:
Wow, what amazing scenery…
The word was that the Chutes at the Remarks would not open, so we sessioned about a foot of fresh at Coronet in some mighty fine clear blue skies…I have never seen this place so covered.
Tried to book a heli for the afternoon but too windy, another storm rollin’ in tonight through tomorrow, so we have some bookings for monday or tuesday…
Well, the weather has been hitting hard and the ski fields have been operating at a minimum. Went to Methven to the Big Air…the ski/board jump was lame but the Moto X guys stole the show. Massive rain storm kicked in and woke up in a mighty low-pressure right above us….rain turned to snow. Drove 7 hours back to Queenstown on closed roads with up to a foot and a half in places…hopefully some skiing tomorrow.
No pics right now because my buddy was shooting with slide film today…check back later
All I can say is that we hit 9:00 am powder about a foot deep at Coronet. Back bowls were open and was sick….super light cold smoke snow.
At 1:00 pm we hit up the Remarks where the weather began to clear. About a foot to two feet of the lightest driest Antarctic powder was up for the taking. My kiwi bros reckon it was one of the best days EVER at the Remarks…Lots of "Fuck it" airs and a few drydocks later we ended up skiing halfway down the access road at 4:15pm.
Remarkables, South Island, New Zealand…Shadow basin chair
HUCKS INTO POW…
It was really, really, really good, especially for my last day of skiing for this trip.
Left at 1:00 pm, we had a chopper lined up with Neutral Heli-ski but when we flew to the LZ at the top, the weather turned all flat light. So we had one run on a western faced aspect that was definitely not as good compared to where we were planning to ride. Oh, well, I just had two sick days to end the trip so I’m more than happy. Even wierder is that I used my NZ made fat twins the whole trip when usually you’re rockin’ jib skis because of the funky conditions.
Here’s a sample of some of the crappy snow we skied today. We hucked tons of rocks as you can see from all the bomb holes, the action shots are on slide film and I’ll post them in the next week or so….
Gallipoli Chutes – Sugar Bowl Chair
Bus that went off the road the previous day…all the people died…
Breakfast rocks….Shadow Basin Chair
James from Neutral Heli in Kingston, NZ….
The mega flat-light run
Some more shots from this day:
Now back in SF, and extremely jet-lagged…here is the TR from my last day. If you can get to NZ in the next couple of days, DO IT!! The conditions are absolutely sick…the resorts have huge bases and locals are saying that it hasn’t been this good for atleast 5 years.
My plane left at 3:10 pm from Frankton and I was off, back to the wonderful time of the season called depression, or summer.
Prior to departing, a beautiful day unfolded, and we bolted south to Kingston to fly for a couple hours with Neutral Heli-ski with James. Now James is sort of a loose cannon, in that he can fly the shit out of a helicopter and land almost anywhere.
On the chopper was myslelf, Miles Holden (sickest Kiwi photographer), and Jeremy Pierce (NZ top monofreeskier)
We skied some mellow runs at first to test the snow and get some “token” untracked riding shots. However the snow on the northern aspects developed a thin layer of crust that prevented us from jumping in some exposed lines. I’d rather be able to ski another day than be a human avalanche trigger, especially a couple hours before traveling for 15 hours of airtime.
We did ski some shady southern aspects and let them rip. Jeremy and I tore up some pristine couloirs while Mr. Holden took photos from the bird. More photos may be posted soon, but here are the ones I was able to take myself.
Mr. Holden coaching Mr. Pierce
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