The North and South Island
of NZ offer great fun to practice snow ski.
The snow period for skiing starts around June and ends in October or November, depending on how much snow has fallen..
In NZ North Island the snow season is a little shorter ending in mid-October, despite the help of snow making machines. Anyway, if
it runs out snow on the North Island, the South Island will be still an
alternative providing good falls by at least more 30 days.
The ski resorts cater
to all types of skiers, from those who have never skied, also
called as "no-ass",
to the professional sportsmen and competitors called as "snowmen" because they do not
even stop to pee while skiing. The stations are very modern and some of them are
open even at night, so the intrepid skier can freeze faster and be part of the landscape. The stations are divided into tracks, each
one with evocative names according to the degree of difficulty. Example: A track for beginners usually
will be in the Happy Valley. I think this name is because you will not stop laughing at the
others falling, or your own fall. In my opinion instead of Happy Valley, should
be more appropriate name Valley of Pain as in the end of the day your jaw
will be very painful from laughing so your knees and elbows may be also crying of
despair and your butt would be in total misery. Be aware of the Valley of the Dinosaurs,
it is only for the pro beasts, and should not be attempted by any inexperienced
The ski stations
your money as they charge for Passes, the price is according to the time that you spend doing your glorious falls. For example, Half Day Pass entitles you
in the ski area by using the "Lifts" for a X period. Lifts are those chairs hanging on a cable that will take you from the bottom up and vice versa.
There is also "Ropes" which are strings where you hold and it will take you to the next fall. To use the ropes, you
really have to be using the skis or you'll fall on your face. There is also the "T-bar", which as the name implies, is a bar in "T"
that you grab and passes between the legs, trapped in the ass, so you can be towed
upwards. The passes are sold for half -day to 1 day , per week, per season and
you may choose the different tracks.
ski clothes and
equipment can be rented up there at the station, but you may find cheaper
prices in the ski rental shops in the neighbouring towns to the "Ski Field." If you
go for the budget, be very careful when renting boots, try them all with socks.
If the boot does not
fit well you will get crying fingers, pain in the butt, hips, elbows and knees, on top
of that you will be limping for a week.
Always carry spare pair of socks, gloves because they could be wet very easily, especially after a few ski-bums. In
a beautiful windless day in the sky field, the intrepid skier can be taken by
the famous menopausal syndrome, where the feeling of cold and heat alternate from time to time, in
a urgent need of making a striptease in front of curious crowds. So it's
better to wear
some light clothes, cotton underneath and lots of sunscreen, or the radiation of sun at these heights will add
some beautiful bubbles to your list of bruises. Prices charged for the
ski rental equipment (can be more or less depending on the store, or the ski resort).
Ski rental prices below are for a day. In case of package and multiple days the cheaper it gets.
or Ski + boots + poles -adult
39 ( adult)
28 ( young)
Tip: We recommend to get the insurance at the place you rent the ski and
clothes, which is from NZ $ 3 per day. This protects you from losses, but also for
damage caused by you or any other person. Skiing equipment is very expensive to replace.
Prices for passes charged by the Ski Resorts (note that it may be more or less depending on the ski resort and the type of track you choose). There are passes for multiple shifts and days, and the more days
may be cheaper. Adults, young people and kids have different prices.
Note 1: For those who never have skied, there is a very good deal for a
initial package including equipment+ lift+ lesson with instructors for NZ$135
and for young people NZ$ 89. For the Pro, how about trying a
Heliski, where a helicopter takes you to the top
of the mountain and you just go down ( as well as your money in the bank....).
Note 2: There is also a combo package pass including Snowboard or Ski + Boots + Sticks + any type of Lift for a whole
day Special padded pants to ease the pain during the falls, as well as knee pads, can be rented
separately.( I wish I knew that so I would not spend the following week sitting
on the pillow....).
Ski in North Island:
Turoa - both are located in the
centre of the North Island in the Tongariro National
Park at the slopes of the volcano Huapehu. Whakapapa is accessed by entering the
Tongariro National Park and a bus
will take you there for around NZ $ 15 round trip. If going by car, be aware
that you may need to have or rent chains to place in the wheels due to excessive snow. Turoa is accessed from the town of Ohakune
which also has a good lodging. For details and bus schedule in Ohakune and Turoa call 06 385 4022.
Ski in South Island:
Hutt -- is the the ski station close to the city of Christchurch and it has snow for
period. it could be even open until November. Other popular stations in the same area are
Mt. Olympus, Porter Heights. Going south in the region of Wanaka, the stations
of Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Farm, Snow Peak Waiorau have excellent tracks.
Going near Queenstown, the Remarkables and Coronet Peak are very
popular, offering ski activities such as winter festivals with night skiing under the torchlight.
In the middle of the South Island, the ski station called Hommer Springs,
located near Kaikoura, may be very good but only when there are lots of snow.
John, are you ok ? What a fall mate, very impressive!