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Season of Shred 16

Season of Shred 16

Posted by Dave Fahey: 23rd May 2016 @ 19:43:22

As we rolled into May still sporting shorts and t-shirts and basking in temperatures well within the 20’s, it was difficult to fathom that winter was around the corner. At about that point the media jumped in and announced a forecasted, warmest may in history. And in chimed the winter hating critics - “it’s going to be a terrible winter, farmer John’s pumpkins are three times their usual size & last time they were like that was back in the big snow drought of 76’. 

Jump forward three weeks and mother nature intervenes with a good old fashioned dose of reality. The shorts and t-shirts have been buried in the drawer and the suns warm rays have been refreshingly replaced with the warm glow of a roaring fire. The last 24 hours has seen a gold old fashioned weather bomb descend on the Southern Lakes dumping over 75cm’s at The Remarkables, with more nasty/awesome weather forecast throughout the night. 

I would be lying if I said that I hadn't already had a wee dress rehearsal for opening day. The skis have been waxed and the chains dug out from the corner of the garage. Thoughts have even crept into my mind of coming down with some mysterious illness that prevents me from attending work tomorrow in favour of skinning up the Remarkables to the Alta Chutes for some pre-season pow turns. 

The next couple of weeks will certainly be spent watching old school ski movies, probably with a glass of red wine in hand. Reading ski magazines, reading gear reviews and the odd touring mission when the snow allows. It’s safe to say that I’m still one of those Queenstowners that froths over the ski season. Sure our mountains might not receive as much snow as northern Japan, or be as vast as some of the Canadian giants. I however am still a firm believer that even the worst day on the hill is better than the best day at work. And that comes from someone that arguably has some of the best jobs around. 

I also believe that our local hills proximity to Queenstown, combined with some exceptional terrain and world class views makes Queenstown a must ski destination for any snow lover. I’ll certainly be spending much more time up the mountain enjoying our winter wonderland this winter, than I will be doing housework.

No matter which way you look at it 75cm of pure white gold is an epic way to start the season and more than enough at this point to set the mountains up for an incredible opening to the season. 18 days and counting.

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