South Island Slaycation, NZ – 08/06/10
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July 29th through August 6th, 2010
Locations: Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Broken River, Craigeburn, and Ohau.
Skier666,, Sheepdog, WheresTom, Mr. Kingswood, MasterSam, JasonNZ & BonTak
(click each of their pics to visit their blog)
Sheepdog – a damn fine wedding and sports photog
BonTak – well, its BonTak.
Tom – A rippin’ skier from Oz competing in the Heli-Challenge
MasterSam – legendary Kiwi freeskier
Mr. Kingswood – makes some of the world’s best skis
666 – he thinks he’s funny
Sheepdog, 666, Tak, MasterSam, Mr. Kingswood
POV: Itâ€™s a long one, but I donâ€™t usually get to film 8 days in a rowâ€¦heh. Its also Summer and it feels good to do a decent winter edit. Enjoy.
Music: Magnetic Man â€“ â€œI Need Airâ€™
NZ Java Porn
Good snow, rain, bad snow, good people, long drives, short hikes, nutcrackers, and of course, some skiing.
Summer so far:
A view of Tallac from the boat on July 4thâ€¦
A true Americanâ€¦
Then off to LaniKai for a few days for my nieceâ€™s 1st B-day
July 27th, 2010 – Departure
The flight to NZ was fine except for ONE THINGâ€¦
â€¦and then instantly its July 29th, 2010
Made it to Auckland and quickly grabbed my first coffee. Talked to Ted Davenport who was off to compete in the heli challengeâ€¦nice fellow.
Warmer on this part of NZâ€¦
Mt. Cook looking niceâ€¦
Sheepdog picked me up and we headed straight for thee hillzâ€¦
Doesnâ€™t look too bad across the wayâ€¦
Alta Chutes looking winteryâ€¦
First turnâ€¦out of focus but look at those nice tracks in the background eh?
Takeshi tells me to say hello to Tom from Oz.
Late afternoon goodsâ€¦
Tom Costa practicing for the Heli-Challengeâ€¦
While 666 goes for a single turnâ€¦
Double Cone looking a tad gnarlyâ€¦
So we then headed into Telexâ€¦
Wasnâ€™t exactly fun, but the snow was softâ€¦.the rocks were not.
Playing around the boundaryâ€¦
Sheepdog finds a stashâ€¦
Day one a success!
The new James Bond?
666 finishes the long day with some grease soaked marine lifeâ€¦
Another day at the Remarksâ€¦
Newest addition this seasonâ€¦guardrails.
Tom, Tak , and Sheepdog survey the steepsâ€¦
Tom airs inâ€¦
666 goes for a safer routeâ€¦
Yep, heâ€™s one of thoseâ€¦
Good view, just watch your stepâ€¦
Tom drops inâ€¦
666 airs from the top so he can hip check a rock. Yippie!
666 goes for a scenic run while Tom prepares some jumpsâ€¦
And thisâ€¦give 6er some credit on the one-click shot eh?
666 must be getting oldâ€¦.
Tom is like a rubber bandâ€¦
Good work Sheepdogâ€¦
Back inside the resort, Tom gets some Diagonalator actionâ€¦
Always good snow in hereâ€¦
Even Tak gets some pow!
Some of us decided to hike to the hanging snowfield above the terrain parkâ€¦
This looks to be a safer betâ€¦
The Alta chutes and Double Cone from another point of viewâ€¦
Hereâ€™s a vid made by Tom with highlights from the dayâ€¦make sure to visit his site for more vids:
July 31st, 2010
Tak and I decide to ride the Remarks again knowing how good it was the last couple of days. However, a storm is approaching and the wind was going to be relentlessâ€¦
Alta Chutes still deliverâ€¦
Here comes the windâ€¦
Tak drops inâ€¦
Tak makes it out safelyâ€¦
Tak didnâ€™t mindâ€¦
Another hike to Hanging Snowfield delivers yet againâ€¦
The Kia were out to watchâ€¦
Its Saturday Nightâ€¦.might as wellâ€¦
Which one are Sheepdogâ€™s?
Pretty hard to get night shots with a P&Sâ€¦
But we still triedâ€¦
Did I mention that it was raining?
Day 3 = DONE!
August 1st, 2010
Pouring rain all night. Waited until half-day to try and hit a gap. This was the best run of the dayâ€¦
I begin a solo drive to Lyttletonâ€¦only 6 hours or soâ€¦.alone.
Mt. Cook is back there somewhereâ€¦.
Not a 6er TR without a tunnel shot eh?
Turns out, I arrived just in time for a proper feed at Scottyâ€™s placeâ€¦
Once the little guy was put to bed, Mr. Kingswood goes to workâ€¦
And weâ€™ll just let that rockered ski sit overnightâ€¦.
Its time for some Clubfield action at Broken Riverâ€¦mainly because it was the only place open AFTER the rain stormâ€¦
The drive through Canterburyâ€¦
with four dudesâ€¦
There she is!
The lift to the ticket office is rather newâ€¦and a bit on the sketchy side.
Nice quiver for 4 skiers on less than ideal conditionsâ€¦
Looks better than expectedâ€¦
Mr. Kingswood gets DEEP!
â€¦his edges gets a faceshot.
MasterSam is loving itâ€¦
Hereâ€™s a rare sight of a snowboarder that can use the nutcrackerâ€¦
666 was thereâ€¦
This guy ate my gloves when I ran inside to put on more makeupâ€¦
Jason getting hella scenicâ€¦
Mr. Kingswoodâ€™s re-entryâ€¦
View off the backâ€¦
Mr. Kingswood on the steepsâ€¦
The NZ glory photo!
August 4th, 2010
Its Craigieburn time.!
just a short walk to the ticket windowâ€¦
It was WAY too crowdedâ€¦
Our playground for most of the dayâ€¦
MasterSam finds some windbuffâ€¦
Jason carves a Turkeyâ€¦
â€¦and finds a slot.
666 is a tired Yankâ€¦.
but has room for one more run down to the roadâ€¦
August 5th, 2010
I stayed the night up at the Mt. Cook Village at Sir Edmund Hillaryâ€™s placeâ€¦
This is the best the clouds would do for meâ€¦
So I decided to hit Ohau for a half-day Spring sessionâ€¦
Stopped by Lake Ohau for some peace of mindâ€¦
Some of the best views anywhere from your drive TO the ski fieldâ€¦
Packed as usualâ€¦
Ohau is all about its â€˜hike toâ€™ terrain. But those hike also yield to some damn fine scenicâ€™s. Hereâ€™s a good view of the resort.
See what the rain caused?
Donâ€™t go that way!
I has a viZatoRâ€¦
The worldâ€™s greatest CORN farmâ€¦
Another stop by the lakeâ€¦
August 6th, 2010
One more session at the Remarks!
But boy were the chutes treating me well. Hereâ€™s a shot of Pipelineâ€¦
Time for my last runâ€¦
Not a bad areaâ€¦
Big Thanks to everyone at NZSKI for supporting the cause, Moment Skis, Tak for his dry sense of humor, Woody for letting me put 1200kms on his car, Sam for the Canterbury tours, Jason for the endless supply of Redbull shots, the Kingswood family for letting me feel like PART of the family for two nights, Mr. and Mrs. Sheepdog for the OUTSTANDING hospitality, and biggest thanks to Mrs. 666 for putting up my ski expeditions on this long yearâ€¦YOU ARE THE BEST!
…no more TRs from me. I need to relax.