Return to Roundhill

With powder conditions everywhere to be found in New Zealand and the weekend crowds returning to the city, I received news that Roundhill was opening it’s rope tow for the first time this season at 10:30am on Monday.

Roundhill and the Heritage Ropetow
Roundhill and the Heritage Ropetow

I woke up early and drove down from Methven. Having previously worked at Roundhill for two seasons, the day held a strange sense of homecoming. Throwing on my harness and attaching my nutcracker I set off to enjoy the epic powder on Oceania’s largest lifted vertical.

I ended up doing a short tour with Simon Trummer, it’s a small resort (world), because we ended up knowing quite a few people in common.

Simon digging deep in pow behind Roundhill
Simon digging deep in pow behind Roundhill
Simon skiing powder on the backside of the Richmond Range
Simon skiing powder on the backside of the Richmond Range
Simon and my tracks down the hidden gulley at Roundhill
Simon and my tracks down the hidden gulley at Roundhill

I did manage to have my first fall of the trip. At significant pace in the lower section of the rope tow terrain, I managed to drive one of my skis firmly into a submerged rock. Lucky lowered din’s and a soft landing meant that the only injury was to my bases.

 

The sole survivor of my DPS ski collection has taken a beating today
The sole survivor of my DPS ski collection has taken a beating today

Below is the GPS track for our short afternoon tour.