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Comment Share Posted on Monday July 25th at 11:30 a.m.

It is weekend forecasts like the one just gone that have the weekend warriors wondering... is it worth the risk???

Huge wind gusts on Friday night on the drive down and the house was shaking most of the night. The forecast for the weekend was iffy and there was a snowy storm front set to arrive Sunday ish that was going to nail the country with snow to low levels. We were hoping for a window the Saturday and we got more! Phat wide trails in the phull, phlat, almost pheatureless Why Not gully. Wind blown stashes, riding on and off trail, top to bottom and below. The High Noon is now fixed and operating so got to expore upper Turoa for the first time this season too. Some sketchy bits around compared to last weekend, but can ride all over. There was even a sunny snow release happening as the day wore on. A large grey cloud held off just to the west, but for those that took the gamble it was soooo worth the risk. No queues and lap after lap at Turoa.

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  • Movenpick Chair Movenpick Chair
  • High Noon Express - ride in, ride off High Noon Express - ride in, ride off
  • photo stop - Little Bowl into Big Bowl. Felt like no one about. photo stop - Little Bowl into Big Bowl. Felt like no one about.
  • view up the High Flyer chairlift line view up the High Flyer chairlift line
  • Giant view Giant view

Hey, thanks for this pic. View of the mountain from the Kune house this Monday morning!! Hey, thanks for this pic. View of the mountain from the Kune house this Monday morning!!

Sunday was a 'one-run-wonder' off the Movenpick in the white out (High Noon was on hold in the morning). It was a quick blat up and down and perhaps we made the wrong call, however the legs were jelly and we had a few house projects focus on and storm watching had begun. 

Unfortunately, as is the weekend warrior way, work was calling and with no sign of being snowed in yet I had to reluctantly head home.

(Winter 2011)

 

 

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