NZ POW - It's real!
Once back in Queenstown I had one short nights sleep then off to the Icebreaker team weekend at Mt Nicholas Station at the head of Lake Wakatipu. The party got a little out of hand and I woke up at the neighbouring farm station, Walter Peak - whoops.
Then it was time to ski! I had 3 Austrian friends in town; Christoph Schöfegger, Christian Unger and Lukas Zögernitz. It's hard to impress Austrians when it comes to skiing but Treble Cone turned on 4 epic days of pow days in a row and impressed the schnitzel out of them!
Here is a little video taste of what we had each day...
I had many great days at Treble Cone this NZ season but the most memorable was the Wednesday pow day with this big backy that went on to get over 200,000 plays over various uploads...
I showed the Austrian boys around some other resorts too...
I even managed to get the boys on a Heli day with Southern Lakes Heli Ski!
On the Austrian boy's last few days my good friend, Hamish Smith took us all on an experimental back country mission. The resulting short film below has one an award and had over 40,000 views on Epic TV.
Temple Peak Tepee Skiing - Through The Lens short film winner
After 2 of the Austrian's, Christian & Lukas went home, I took a quick trip to Ohau Snow Fields with Hamsih Smith, Heidi Cochran & the remaining Austrian, Christoph Schöfegger.
2 more good Austrian friends turned up in NZ, Joi Hoffmann & Jakob Schfwieghofer. They were in the country to shoot a film production about climbing and skiing the west face of Mt Aspiring. I was very honoured to be asked to join as one of the skiers! Unfortunately strong winds and very unstable snow conditions hampered our efforts and were forced to abandon the attempt
Late in the season Icebreaker were kind enough to lend me a company car for a month!
Spring hit in September so it was time for good old Treble Cone slush days!
The weather aligned once more so we pulled together another mission in Hamish Smith's Tepee, this time much deeper into the backcountry with Nick Kingston and talented photographer Mark Bridgwater.
The last few days of Treble Cones season was nothing short of springtime perfect with a big base and fantastic corn snow... This is a snippet from my last run of the season at TC:
From late September the hot weather took its toll very quickly, and while I was working hard on our new business www.littledifference.org, I only had time to squeeze one small spring mountaineering mission.
Here is a clip of a line down a whiteout chute near the summit of Single Cone on the East face. Just as I skied out the choke a small slab avalanche ripped out from beneath me, luckily my speed took me out the bottom with no worries:
Once most of the snow was gone and there was little skiing to be done, there were still heaps of rad stuff to do in NZ...
What a winter! Thanks to all I got to share it with and who helped me out.
There are a couple summer missions left, then Euro winter from 20th of Jan, let it snow!