Hand Charging and Heli-Bombing: Treble Cone Patrollers combat high avalanche danger
Wanaka, New Zealand – JULY 14th, 2009 – Avalanche Danger remains high around Wanaka and Queenstown due to high winds and heavy snow fall. Treble Cone has been very vigilant with their avalanche control in all of their in-bounds terrain and has kept the backcountry closed due to the high danger. On Tuesday morning TC Patrol began Helicopter Bombing throughout the Saddle Basin taking extra precaution due to the heavy snow; 20 – 40 cm of fresh last night.
Over the past two weeks storm cycles have brought about 85 cm of fresh snow to Treble Cone. During this time period patrol has been monitoring the conditions attentively and making judgment calls on the day’s procedures before 6:00 AM. “We are fortunate to have such an experienced crew of patrollers fluent in a variety of avalanche control techniques including ski-cutting, hand charges and Heli-Bombing” said Rosco Davies, Field Operations. Avalanche danger remains high in the backcountry and Treble Cone Patrol has kept the gates closed focusing their efforts on safety inbounds first.
With the Patrol Team’s perseverance, everyone has been able to safely enjoy nearly two weeks of powder in Treble Cone’s infamous in-bounds terrain. “These are some of the best conditions I have seen in my time skiing at Treble Cone. Our goal is to ensure safety but to also get everyone out skiing and riding as much powder as possible” said Tim Hudson. With the storm systems still lined up and the snow continuously falling everyone knows theirs nothing like a powder day up at Treble Cone.
With the South Island’s largest vertical descent, the most terrain and longest groomed trails, Treble Cone is New Zealand’s premier alpine resort. 360 degree views of the snow capped Southern Alps, the brilliant blue Lake Wanaka and the rugged Central Otago landscape make this one of the most memorable views of any global resort. Situated on the edge of Lake Wanaka, Treble Cone has established itself as a mecca for all snow enthusiasts both locally and abroad. To find out more please visit treblecone.com.