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GuySmiley started the topic in Tuesday, 7 Apr 2020 at 6:11pm

In semi lockdown I'm finally sorting through a lifetime of photos and inspired by what Craig and Andy recently posted I thought why not.
We travel a fair bit and there has to be some crackers in the vaults.
Good if we follow the Swellnet tradition of not naming or being too obvious.

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Island Bay Saturday, 6 Aug 2022 at 9:43am

North

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AndyM Saturday, 6 Aug 2022 at 9:51am

Fookin ‘ell.
There are three stellar lines there that are making me get all tingly.

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seeds Saturday, 6 Aug 2022 at 9:57am

Taranaki? Awesome area. Snow so close to surf.

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Island Bay Saturday, 6 Aug 2022 at 10:02am

Ruapehu, and right next to the lifts, but all yours.

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seeds Saturday, 6 Aug 2022 at 11:41am

Nice. Visited there also. Another great spot

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Island Bay Wednesday, 10 Aug 2022 at 6:50am

Not the best photo (old phone, rocking boat), but good fun was had. Late arvo boat mission up the coast found us in thumping 2ft beachie barrels. Not a soul around.

Beers on the way home, arriving at boat ramp after dark.

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poo-man Thursday, 11 Aug 2022 at 9:54pm

Epic ay? Love my sessions up there. Nice sunset

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Island Bay Friday, 12 Aug 2022 at 5:47pm

Did it again today, poo-man. Except first thing, and it was a bloody freezing morning. Water actually felt warm after the boat ride.

It's a fun mini adventure, aye.

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poo-man Saturday, 13 Aug 2022 at 7:00am

Yep it's a bit harder in winter but such a cool part of the world. I'm not going up there today but probably will tomorrow morning.

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seeds Saturday, 13 Aug 2022 at 8:52am

Saw this beauty outside the gym the other day.
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seeds Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 5:47pm

Little getaway. Hopefully get some fun waves tomorrow. Not many people about which is a bonus.
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GuySmiley Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 6:04pm

Darn nice

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GuySmiley Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 6:04pm

Darn nice

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seeds Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 6:19pm

Cheers

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seeds Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 6:22pm

Ooh shit lookout. Pulled the Fujifilm out at last light and got arty. Haven’t used it in 3 years. Was fumbling around in the dark. I will have to re learn a few things.
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blackers Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 6:33pm

Enjoy. Looks nicer than here.

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Rabbits68 Monday, 22 Aug 2022 at 8:21pm

Epic Seeds. Enjoy the serenity :-)

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seeds Tuesday, 23 Aug 2022 at 1:14pm

Surf has been a bit of a let down. The beachie which is clean under the northerly has terrible banks so I opted for the wind effected point. Fun enough on the longboard and midlength. Maybe short board on the high tide beachie
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seeds Tuesday, 23 Aug 2022 at 1:18pm
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seeds Tuesday, 23 Aug 2022 at 1:21pm

Dead low tide beer run. Obstacles galore
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Rabbits68 Tuesday, 23 Aug 2022 at 1:49pm

Great stuff Seeds. That's living!

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zenagain Tuesday, 23 Aug 2022 at 2:06pm

One of my favourite places on earth. Many a good memory along that stretch. (and further north)

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Island Bay Sunday, 11 Sep 2022 at 5:17am

Squeezed in two 4-day trips to my favourite South Island spot. First trip saw melt-freeze spring conditions, the second shallow powder that remained untracked even after 4 days.

100km/h+ hooning, with barely anyone around (20-40 peeps on entire mountain).

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freeride76 Sunday, 11 Sep 2022 at 10:51am

Beautiful IB, and Seeds.

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seeds Sunday, 11 Sep 2022 at 1:51pm

Nice IB. Is it isolated where you have to trudge back to the top?

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Island Bay Sunday, 11 Sep 2022 at 4:27pm

Hey Seeds. There's a three-part rope tow taking you from 1200m to 1800m. The guy in the photo just skied the top part and skinned back up.

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arcadia Monday, 12 Sep 2022 at 7:28am

Nice Island Bay. Which club field is it?

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Island Bay Monday, 12 Sep 2022 at 7:31am

https://www.craigieburn.co.nz/

Centre of my ski universe :-)

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Island Bay Monday, 12 Sep 2022 at 8:28am

More Craigieburn

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arcadia Monday, 12 Sep 2022 at 8:42am

Cragieburn is great.
Managed to get there a few times and never been skunked.
Not a goofy footers mountain, though. It takes a while to get the hang of going up the rope tows backhand...

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Island Bay Monday, 12 Sep 2022 at 9:23am

You're not wrong, arcadia! I'm grateful to be back on skis :-)

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Bnkref Monday, 12 Sep 2022 at 11:05am
Island Bay wrote:

https://www.craigieburn.co.nz/

Centre of my ski universe :-)

I've had that on my list for over 20 years! I've only done the one NZ snow trip and that was to Wanaka and Queenstown way back in 2003. I need to get back.

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velocityjohnno Tuesday, 13 Sep 2022 at 11:09am

Epic stuff IB. The young one just did Queenstown/Wanaka areas with mates, we were treated to a few pics like that. What a part of the world.

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etarip Tuesday, 13 Sep 2022 at 9:09pm

Is there anywhere in NZ that you can ski year round?

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Island Bay Wednesday, 14 Sep 2022 at 4:15am

There are glaciers, and lots of them. You could climb 2000m and find something to slide on, yes.

In normal snow years, Mt Ruapehu (North Island) has skiing from early June through December.

As with everything in NZ, however, a solid effort is required :-)

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etarip Wednesday, 14 Sep 2022 at 6:01pm

Thanks IB.
Looks like the land of adventure. Always get a kick reading your surfing and skiing adventures.

I’ve never gotten to NZ - always been a place that I’ve wanted to allocate a decent swag of time to explore. Might need to expedite that!

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Craig Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 10:07am

Sick IB, was planning to get to Cragieburn this winter but it didn't happen. Looks that fun!

Lots of lodges you can stay up in on the club fields yeah?

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AndyM Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 11:33am

I love that you don't need a huge resort to access epic terrain.
I keep dreaming of going back to France but Craigieburn looks pretty tempting.

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Island Bay Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 2:44pm

Craig, all the clubbies have lodges, all different. It's a great way to ski/board stress free, as you're right there on the mountain. Very social! (Mt Olympus calls itself a 'drinking club with a skiing problem'.

The lodge at Craigie is set in a beautiful beach forest, and it's warm and cosy, and there's good beer. $80 gets you breakfast, 3 course dinner, and a bed.

Andy, I can fully recommend it. It's for the somewhat adventurous, but the rewards are big. When it's good it's my favourite place to ski.

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AndyM Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 3:40pm

And the price is right too!
Very much in favour of adventure, was tossing up going to Gulmarg or La Grave at one stage before deciding that I wasn't good enough for La Grave and visas for Gulmarg were a pain.
Went to Val d'Isere instead which was 17 different kinds of awesome.
Adventurous in what way?
Terrain, low key set up, need for randonnée gear?

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Island Bay Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 4:34pm

Always wanted to go to Gulmarg. High on the list still.

Craigieburn is a bit like La Grave in terms of adventure: no grooming; mostly steep; variable snow conditions; lots of hiking/climbing/scrambling/skinning required. Oh, and the nutcracker rope tows.

That said, there are 7yo kids skiing there, and 70+ veterans too. Just don't expect easy and served on a platter, but who wants that anyway.

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Island Bay Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 4:53pm

Another Craigie photo. 600m vert in that pic:

View from the top of that line:

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AndyM Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 5:34pm

Oh my gawd, brings a tear to the eye.

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Craig Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 6:31pm

Yes, yes, yes IB.

How's the general snow pack stability there? Must be fairly decent!

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Island Bay Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 6:48pm

Generally pretty good, or at least reasonably easy to forecast, although thin SE aspects get pretty iffy.

Some more pics of the place:

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freeride76 Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 7:51pm

jeezuz, looks amazing

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zenagain Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 8:10pm

Totally.

Mind boarding as we speak.

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Craig Thursday, 15 Sep 2022 at 8:41pm

Booking flights as we speak.

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Island Bay Friday, 16 Sep 2022 at 2:45pm

It's been fun looking back through old photos, and I hope some of you are inspired to come over and visit a club field. They really are special, and remind me of the world the way it used to be - and should be.

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Island Bay Saturday, 24 Sep 2022 at 4:14pm

Having a beer with Ms IB overlooking the surf. Crepuscular rays and some nice cloud.