late season skiing and closing dates

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  1. art

    art Active Member

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    Hope someone can help with NZ experience.
    Im planning a ski touring trip to NZ last week of Sept. and am thinking of doing some lifted days as well. I was thinking of doing the lift days first week of october but my quick research tells me the lifts close at the start of Oct.

    Is this right?

    So i guess im looking at before my trip in mid sept if i want to resort ski. What is the skiing like in mid Sept and /or Oct in the main areas?

    Thanks
     
  2. Heinz

    Heinz Old And Crusty
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    The resort skiing should be fine in September. The reason they close early October is not due to lack of snow but because there are very few visitors still around then, so it doesn't pay.
     
  3. craighelo

    craighelo Active Member

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    What Heinz said. Often some of the best skiing of the season with total coverage, also can be hot and get a little slushy down lower in the afternoons, don't forget sunscreen and a couple of beers for lunch.
     
  4. Telestrom

    Telestrom Addicted Member

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    Can be some great Late Sep/Oct skiing.

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    Treble Cone, 27 Sep 2009.

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    Cardrona, 28 Sep 2008.

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    Coronet Peak, 25 Sep 2011
     
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    amazing - great conditions last week of september 08, 09, 10 and 11!
     
  6. GlenH

    GlenH Active Member
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    You should be alright last week of September at the main fields around Queenstown / Wanaka, depending on snow cover of course.

    By early October it may be more risky. For example Treble Cone closes 1 October:
    http://www.treblecone.com/mountain-info/about-treble-cone/mountain-stats/

    The smaller and club fields further away from the main action would tend to be finished by the time you are travelling.

    On the North Island, Whakapapa usually goes to the Labor Day weekend in late October and Turoa into early November. As always weather is as factor on Mt Ruapehu, but when the sun shines in spring there is nothing like it.
     
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  7. art

    art Active Member

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    Thanks all. Very helpful.