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Will be riding Central Otago fields from Sunday 14th August to Saturday August 27th 2016. Thursday 18th to Saturday 20th are set aside for other activities, but otherwise I plan to ride Cardrona, TC and Remarkables. I've found Coronet to be crowded and slushy the last few years when I've been down at this time of year so have no plans to ride there.

 

Will be driving down and bringing the full 11 board quiver down with me, and my collection of isocline plates. Planning to spend some time on them all as well as doing some experimentation with isocline plate axle distances and stance distance.

Nigel C is often down in Central at this time of year. We've ridden together before. Happy to meet up with other riders and maybe loan some of the boards. Will have TD3 Intec (Burton & 4x4 discs), F2 Race Intec, & SnowPro Race bail bindings with me,  If you're going to be around contact me via the Bomber e-mail system so we can share contact details and arrange to meet up.

 

L-R: Coiler NSR 180, Riot Supercarve 180, Coiler AM 177, Burton Factory Prime 173, Pale Spook 170, Rad-Air Pinkerman Extreme 169, Skwal USA 167, Oxygen Proton GS 164, Kessler slalom 162, Hot Blast 160, Burton PJ 163 asym (reg)

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I will be there the week before. I have a curtailed visit south this year as its my wife's 50th birthday and I also have some jobs to do on a yacht in Fiji and bringing it home. I do have a season pass for coronet and a life pass for Ruapehu so I will be trying to fit in as much as I can around all the other stuff. Maybe my legs will work this year?....

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Just booked accommodation for some time @ Cardrona for August 8th to 23rd 2018. Planning to bring a range of boards (?6) and plates (UPM & 4x4 insert patterns).  Staying in Wanaka. PM me if you want to catch up at some stage during the period.

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Rode a 4 seat chair today at Cardrona with 4 carvers on board, Nigel C, Bryan Fox, and a young woman that we'd just found on an F2 board wearing ski boots. She knows about this forum now! Have spent much of the day riding with Bryan, and Nigel when he sneaked away from his group. 

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Booked for Central Otago for 3 weeks from 8th August 2020.
With a Saver season pass for Cardrona I'm looking at extending it to cover TC, now that Cardrona owns TC.
 

If you're riding in Central Otago during that time and you'd like some carving company, PM me here on ASB.

Alan McK

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First day, a Sunday so crowded with Kiwis. Weather is too warm and has been for the last 10 days so that July's record snowfall/base has been rained on and thaw/freeze cycled. First 2 hours were the best, and been practicing my hardpack/ice technique on the Kessler slalom board for the remainder of the day. August has reliably been our coldest month, but not so far this year.

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Day 2. No new snow but cool enough that the scuffed off sugar didn't melt too badly. Rode a few laps with Perry, a carver I've not met before. Perry on a 3 yr old F2 Speedster, but old Burton bindings and old Raichle boots. I told him about ASB cause he'd not even heard of the Bomberonline. Hopefully Perry will check this place out.

Reminder to self.

1/ Feel the board through the soles of the feet.

2/ Lean on the edge with BOTH feet. Left hand turn, left side of feet. Right hand turn, right side of feet.

3/ Look where I want to go.

4/ Setting up the front boot with almost as much forward flex as the rear helps bump absorption in chopped up snow.

5/ In a carve the board turns you.

Be time for snow dancing soon if the weather doesn't play ball.

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@SunSurfer; +100 days in, you go rogue, take your eye off the ball for a quick jaunt to the snow and 💣BAM💣 the 'Rona returns. What were you thinking man?!!

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Yeah, Cardies closed today for transition to Level 2 business. Next few days will hopefully bring answers as to how it sneaked in past the border. ☹️🤞🤞🤞

Should be carving hard pack cord tomorrow though, with a little luck maybe even a little fresh snow.

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This is a warm and strange NZ winter. It's late August as I write this. This should be the coldest month of the year and the mountain I'm riding would be getting frequent top ups of fresh snow.

Just 10cm cumulative snowfall since the beginning of the month, warm temperatures, thaw/refreeze cycles, hardpack technique practice before 10am, slush technique practice after. Today I saw a guy sitting by the base lodge in a t-shirt and shorts.

Make the most of any hero snow you get to ride. The times, they are a changin'.

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