New Zealand Ski Fields Kick Off the Season
With the Northern Hemisphere winter season well over, many seasonaires have made the yearly migration down to New Zealand, with the southern Island fields opening in the past couple of weeks and plenty of snow falling and more forecast it looks like the southern hemisphere could be in for a bumper season. So for those of you making the trek down to NZ, where should you go and why.
A lot of seasonaires head for Qtown, the southern hemisphere adventure capital, home of the bungy jump and the Ferg Burger. Being based in Queenstown will give you access to Cornet Peak (the busiest Ski Field in the Sothern Hemisphere) and the Remarkable a place with a real alpine feel steeps and shoots as wells as the Burton Stash a park built in a backcountry style. Queenstown is a busy town with lots of backpackers, bars, restaurants and shops. There is a large seasonaires community in town although it is expensive. Queenstown is an hour from Snow Park featured in various Snowboard movies over the years and celebrating it tenth birthday this winter. Queenstown also has an international airport and great travel links from the to the rest of New Zealand.
Wanaka is Queenstown’s slightly more chilled and less expensive little bother; Wanaka is closest to Treble Cone and Cardrona. Treble Cone or TC to the Locals has some of the best alpine style riding in New Zealand with plenty of steep interesting terrain for you to play on. Cardrona is a busy Ski Field with excellent riding and great park facilities. Wanaka is busy little town with lots of bars shops and restaurants and again like QT a good seasonaires Scene But a little cheaper and not as busy.
MT Hutt/ Methvan
Methvan is a small town in the middle of the Canterbury planes, with MT Hutt as the closest Mountain. Mt Hutt offers a fairly large Ski Area by New Zealand Standards with a Good mix of riding. The town itself is pretty quiet with a few shops A Couple of bars restaurants and Backpackers. Although you in the spring you could snowboard in the morning drive an hour to Christchurch surf in the afternoon and return to methvan to rip the skate park up in the evening. Being an Hour from Christchurch Methvan and Hutt are ideally placed for travel links internationally and domestic.
There is a number of Club fields scattered around the south Island, these club fields are real grass roots snow sports with old tractor engines powering the nutcracker lifts, and run by volunteers these club fields can be a real eye opener of the otyherside of snow sports compared to the big European purpose built resorts. These fields are about fun and the love of the sports.
Five things to do during and New Zealand Season
Ride a Club Field
Ride Snow Park
Eat a Ferg Burger
Night Skiing at the Peak
Pick up Hitchers