As I write this blog the snow is falling at our helipad at Glenfalloch Station. After an unusually warm August we are now finally getting the cold temps and frequent snowfalls that should have occurred a month ago! For the month of September there are specials on accommodation at our helipads. It’s a great time of year with long evenings to enjoy mountains biking, kayaking or simply taking a walk or just relaxing in the sun with a cold one after a great day of heliskiing!
August has been a struggle however we have managed to provide some great skiing for our guests despite battling strong winds and clouds on many of the operational days. As we look toward September the weather pattern has finally changed with the first big anticyclone for the season arriving and promising more stable and cooler conditions. If you have been waiting for the perfect spell of weather it looks like September will provide!
We just got chased out of the mountains after three good powder days and all of a sudden my phone is ringing as people have heard it’s going to snow! Since operations started in 1986 it has been a continuous struggle to convince the skier and boarders that conditions on the ski areas do not reflect that of the back county. We operate in high glaciated mountains that are much further west of the ski resorts hence we get significantly more snow and can have powder snow conditions when the resorts are skiing hard pack! When it blows in Canterbury it snows in the Arrowsmith mountains! When you have a warm windy day we are getting a new carpet so don’t wait for the Southerlies get in after the Westerly storms and you wont be disappointed. Yesterday riders certainly were happy with the conditions!
Palmers today, Skiing/ boarding new powder all day from the storm that lasted the last three days. Hoping the bad weather is over and we will get out for a number of days this week.
Arrowsmith range looking white from heavy snowfalls over the last three days. Can’t wait to get up there!
The season is well and truly underway with a couple of day’s out heliskiing in the central Arrowsmiths. We’ve managed to get a good look around the patch and coverage looks great and stability in the areas we’ve skied has been good. Currently in the middle of a large northwest storm causing Mt. Hutt to be closed a number of days and the Arrowsmiths to get lots of snow. Estimating today Jagged stream got a meter of new snow. With more forecast tomorrow and temperatures to continue dropping . The weather looks to finally be changing and expecting to ski on Monday and hoping to be out of the Westerly flow.
We are lucky that the government agency NIWA constructed a high tech remote weather station close to the bottom of “Homeward Bound” one of regular runs several years ago. It has been great for temperatures and wind direction and strength however we have found that we have to double the precipitation rates to get a more accurate measure of new snow at higher elevations! The last 24hs shows over 50cm of settled new snow and the forecast is for a lot more snow this week. We had some snow falls earlier at higher elevations and we are now very confident of having an excellent snow cover to start our season on July 1st!