NZ POW - It's real!

Powy!
Powy!

I rolled into NZ on the 1st of August fresh from Corsica and a taste of summer. Off the back of the Austrian winter I had just had 20 pages of publishings of my skiing and 2 double page spreads published of my photographs - things were going well!

NZ Ski & Snow 2015_Lukas copy
NZ Ski & Snow 2015_Lukas copy

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.

calm before the party...
calm before the party...

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!

storm day pow!
storm day pow!
bliss
bliss
braaaaaaaauuum!
braaaaaaaauuum!
long jump
long jump
pow fields of the TC slack country
pow fields of the TC slack country

Here is a little video taste of what we had each day... [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/136195806[/vimeo]

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... [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/136709590[/vimeo]

I showed the Austrian boys around some other resorts too...

sunset flips
sunset flips
good ol Alta Chutes
good ol Alta Chutes

I even managed to get the boys on a Heli day with Southern Lakes Heli Ski!

heli!
heli!
whiteroom!
whiteroom!

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.

more heli
more heli

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.

puuurrrdy
puuurrrdy
Mt Cook
Mt Cook
slashy slash
slashy slash

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

evening excitement
evening excitement
wiiiindy!
wiiiindy!
next time...
next time...
nude
nude

Late in the season Icebreaker were kind enough to lend me a company car for a month!

Wahoooo
Wahoooo

Spring hit in September so it was time for good old Treble Cone slush days!

in the face
in the face
feed that ginger beard
feed that ginger beard
lumber ski
lumber ski

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.

nearly!!!... not quite
nearly!!!... not quite
scouting the goods
scouting the goods
home with the laundry still out
home with the laundry still out
better than a backcountry hut
better than a backcountry hut
bang!
bang!
inventing a new sport...
inventing a new sport...

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/147555308[/vimeo]

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: [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/140500668[/vimeo]

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.

slog slog
slog slog

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: [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/139326752[/vimeo]

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...

mountain peak mountain biking
mountain peak mountain biking
row power
row power
weeeeeee
weeeeeee
Mitre Peak, mighty pretty
Mitre Peak, mighty pretty
misty morning
misty morning
horizontal snow!
horizontal snow!
sunrise!
sunrise!

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!