Kurodake dates for 2019

Hey all. Kurodake have updated their website and posted their dates for 2019. For those who aren’t familiar, Kurodake closes for “maintenance” during January and normally reopens progressively in February (the main gondola usually opens at the start of Feb, and the pair lift opens about 2 weeks later).

Not this year. They’re closing on the 4th of January, and reopening the gondola on the 15th of March. The pair lift reopens on the 29th of March.

I’ll be chasing this up with some friends who work there to see if there’s any more to the story. But it certainly sounds like bad news for this season.

Custom trip tips

Custom trip tips

So you’re doing the research and trying to rally the troops for a winter trip. Maybe you’re looking for a 3 day “All you can slay” powder buffet in Hokkaido. Or a 10 day balanced diet of pow, ramen and onsens. Or maybe you want to put first tracks into some chutes in the Craigieburn Range, or link up some alpine passes in Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park.

Whatever you’re planning, here are some tips from us to get the most out of your trip.

Helicopters: A faster, louder way to walk.

Helicopters: A faster, louder way to walk.

New Zealand is the land of helicopters. They're involved in just about every kiwi outdoor activity. Mountain bikers, kayakers, hikers, hunters, fly-fishers, snowshoers, glacier walkers, and mountaineers all regularly use helis for access. It's only natural that skiers would see this was the transportational equivalent of peanut butter and jelly, and NZ has long had a reputation for great and (relatively) affordable heliskiing.