Monday, 15 October 2012

Legend of Aahhhs Theatrical Trailer

Gotta see this!
Twenty years after unleashing "Blizzard of Aahhh's" upon the world, Greg Stump returns to explore the history of ski films.
In his first ski film in ten years, Stump pursues and captures the culprits behind the evolution of skiing and ski films from freestyle to the extreme movement. Stump uses a semi-autobiographical approach to explore the history from 1920's Germany to the modern athletes whose athletic and ariel prowess awes today's viewers.
Stump begins with by giving us the historical perspective, both of the films and of the personalities that would lead skiing from the burning rubble of the freestyle era into the MTV inspired extreme movement. As the Jet Stream Shifts, Skiers like Plake, Schmidt and Hattrup join Stump in a quest to change the face of skiing, giving it a younger, more exciting feel and leading to the Perfect Snowstorm.
With the making and release of the Blizzard of Aahhh's, Stump and his gang of misfits find themselves at the vanguard of a new age of skiing. Unseen footage and interviews give a unique view into the amazing moment that changed an entire genre of film. And the evolution has not stopped, as Stump explores the modern ski films and how they have been influenced by everything that came before them. Stump also looks at the cycle of influence as it continues with today's young skiers and the revolution that they may bring to the genre themselves.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Night Skiing at Broken River on some PInk goodness

Night skiing at Broken River after been closed for the day, plenty of fresh to be had by the 40 odd people that turned up!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Glen Plake survives avalanche that kills 9

A huge avalanche has ripped through a climbing base camp in Nepal. Six people people are still missing. A rescue operation is under way. European climbers are involved and the US skier, Glen Plake. The skiing and climbing world is in shock.

The US mogul skier and star of the most famous ski extreme film of them all, The Blizzard of Aahhhs, is now a keen and experienced climber.
Glen Plake lives in Chamonix France and was climbing with Remy Lecluse and Greg Costa.
They were planning to climb the mountain without oxygen and ski down.
Glen Plake was in his sleeping bag reading the bible when the massive avalanche swept through the camp.
"Just got a call from Glen Plake who told me this: "I'm OK, a bit beat up; missing some teeth and a bruised eye but write in big capital letters, GLEN PLAKE IS ALIVE AND HE'S COMING HOME" said our good friend in Chamonix, Trey Cook.
Trey is the editor of EpicTV and it is covering the tragedy.
See here for the coverage of the accident.
Details and information are sketchy at the moment.
The avalanche struck Mount Manaslu in the North of the country.
"The avalanche hit camp three of the Manaslu peak... resulting in a flood of snow," said Laxmi Dhakal, head of the Nepalese home ministry's disaster response division.
The climbers were caught at 7,000m as they were preparing to head toward the summit, which is 8,156m high.
Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world and is considered one of the most dangerous.
Thee have been dozens of deaths in recent years.
"Rescue pilots have spotted seven other bodies on the mountain," said a statement from the rescue services.
Bad weather with thick cloud is hampering the rescue but five people are reported to have been flown to hospital.
They are believed to be three French nationals and two Germans.
Two rescue helicopters are involved in the operation.
Remy Lecluse and Greg Costa are missing.
Remy Lecluse is a well-known and highly respected Chamonix guide. He has worked closely with many UK companies guiding clients in the Chamonix valley and beyond.
He has been featured in UK skiing magazines for his daring exploits.
Glen Plake has given a graphic account of what happened to him as the avalanche hit in the middle of the night and how he was swept hundreds of metres down the mountain.
"Greg and I were in a tent together, Rémy was in another. It was 4:45a and I was in my sleeping bag with my headlamp on reading my devotional when we heard a roar. Greg looked at me and said, "That was a big gust of wind," then a second later, "No, that was an avalanche."
Then it hit us.
I was swept 300 meters over a serac and down the mountain and came to a stop still in my sleeping bag, still inside the tent. We all went to sleep with avalanche transceivers on so I punched my way out of the tent and started searching.
Searched for 10 minutes when I realized I was barefoot.
Greg was using my down suit for a pillow and I found my suit, I found everything that was in my tent - camera, sleeping bag, ski boots, it was like someone had thrown my gear in the back of a pickup - but there was no sign of Greg. Rémy and his tent are nowhere to be found."

The PlanetSKI content editor, James Cove, interviewed Glen Plake back in 2009 about his life, loves and what makes him tick.
They were both involved in judging the Tignes edition of the Freeride World Tour.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Saturday, 8 September 2012

We've had alot of rain and wind over the last week and some very strong
wind gust of 150kph reported.
However it is now snowing!!
Tuesday is looking good as the wind should abate with
snow forecast off and on for the next 3 days...

It would be nice to get a end of season powder day!

 mt cheeseman today
08-09-2012 at 12:10

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Another blue bird day at porters.

A short hike up to Alison's peak, dropping into crystal valley then traverse out to the top of bluff. Nice!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

mt Dobson 16 8 2012

Some nice cruisy turns and great views had at mt Dobson on a blue bird day.
15cms on a crust base meant for no hard turns...

Looking up the chair lift

Looking up T-bar line

Saturday, 11 August 2012

More weather coming in... should snow right though till Wednesday. up too 1m forecast for easterly ski fields porters, hutt and the McKenzie ski area's

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Some pics of cargie today, Looks pretty full with good cover.... however the snow was a bit funky!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012


Monday, 6 August 2012

I'm picking Thursday... 20-25cm at the top... Should be a good fall of snow through Wednesday!!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

So far we have received a lot of rain in the village.. The snow did come down last night with the freezing level dropping. I would say there should be a good dump up on the ridges but not down low.. We shall see what the day will bring...

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Ok looks like a big storm is going to hit us Monday-Tuesday. About f$@&ing time!!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

It"s on like donkey kong

a good dump today, porters looking great for tomorrow... about 20cm plus.

Photo: 30cm of fresh powder today at Porters! Photo thanks to Hayden Gemmell.

A good dusting on the front lawn this morning,about 10cms up top. Snow showers forecast throughout the day.. Sweet!

Monday, 25 June 2012

more snow on its way with winds picking up later today. should be a good day tomorrow!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

First dump for 2012

Days 0-3 Craigieburn Weather Summary:

Light rain (total 4.0mm) on Tue afternoon. Becoming colder with heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Wed morning. Freeze-thaw conditions (max 2°C on Tue afternoon, min -12°C on Thu morning). Winds increasing (calm on Wed night, near gales from the WNW by Fri morning).


Wind (km/h)

Summary light rain heavy snow heavy snow mod. snow snow shwrs clear clear clear light snow

Snow cm - 33 20 6 - - - - 1

Rain mm 4 - - - - - - - -

Max °C 2 1 -7 -6 -7 -3 -3 -4 -3

Min °C 1 -7 -8 -6 -10 -12 -8 -9 -3

WChill °C -4 -13 -15 -10 -15 -18 -14 -17 -13

Freezing level (m) 2200 1450 300 550 300 1100 1350 600

Large areas of the South Island are bracing for heavy snow as a band of stormy weather bears down on New Zealand.
MetService is warning that up to 100cm of snow could accumulate above 300 metres in Canterbury and Marlborough, although it has cancelled severe gale warnings for parts of the lower North Island and Marlborough Sounds.
"This is likely to be a highly significant snow event for Canterbury and Marlborough making travel very difficult and causing stress for livestock. Heavy snow could also damage structures such as powerlines," MetService said.

The snow would be brought to the area by a sharp front that was expected to lie over the central South Island this evening.
In Canterbury and Marlborough south of Seddon rain was expected to turn to snow late this evening or overnight. In the 27 hours from 9pm, 50cm to 100cm of snow may accumulate above 300 metres, while south of about Lake Tekapo between 10cm and 40cm was expected.
Between 10cm and 40cm may also accumulate in the area from 100 metres to 300 metres, while lesser amounts may fall to near sea level.
could be some early turns!!