Prepare by holding the nutcracker in an open position with your hand thats furthest from the rope if skiing, or with your uphill hand if snowboarding. An access tow leads up to the main ski area, where the main accommodation lodge is located. Nutcracker rope tow nz gnomes alpine sports gnomes. If you go to all this trouble, though, youre rewarded with some enviable skiing conditions, including no crowds, pristine expanses of snow, and huge open powder bowls.
The nutcracker grips the rope, rides through the pulleys that keep the rope up and comfortably tows you up the mountain. Then with the other hand you flip a nutcrackershaped metal clamp around the rope which grips the rope for the remainder of your ride. The video below shows how its doneusing a waist belt or climbing harness with something called a nutcracker attached to it. Its all very loose and skiing down is then done by headlamp. Nutcracker belts are supplied free as part of your lift pass for the tukino skifield. A nutcracker is pretty common in nz for use with rope tows. Do not ski away from the wheel, that will cause the rope to jump off the wheel and. Do not just grab the rope because you will probably just pull out your shoulder. Product title rave sport ski and tow rope 70 3 section wakeboard. Building a ski tow rope system involves a simple design, but it also requires some significant equipment and permits. The detachable grip ski lift is an exception to standard surface lifts capable of longer lengths, faster speeds, and extreme weather conditions. The nutcracker rope tow involves attaching a harness to your hips and clamping onto a rope with a nutcracker metal clamp to get up a mountain. Here is a short guide on how to ride the tow safely and easily. Harnesses, leather gloves, and glove protectors can be purchased at the lodge if required.
Ski and board new zealands hidden gems for less this winter. May 29, 2015 its skiing is considered entirely offpiste and the only lift access is the puckering nutcracker rope tow that has the capacity to burn holes in your gloves if youre not careful. Nutcracker a ski trip made in new zealand duration. Elevation is 1769m, vertical is 310m, terrain is 52ha. You can stay in the club fields for lift accessed backcountry style patrolled terrain via a nutcracker rope tow or you can take to the skies to find your fresh tracks. This type of ski lift is often referred to as a nutcracker tow.
The top 5 ski fields in new zealand unofficial networks. How to make your own ski lift with a tow rope bizfluent. Depending on who uses the tow rope, clearances and safety regulations may need to be met before users can begin enjoying the convenience of the apparatus. The natural tendency of ropes to revolve under tension introduces an element of danger in standard lay construction ropes. Dec 24, 2006 most backcountry rope tows utilise nutcrackers to attach the skier to the tow, but some skiers who dont venture beyond the main resorts are unfamiliar with nutcracker rope tows. It can take a few tries to master and most people will have the hang of it after half a day. The nutcracker clamps onto the rope running up the hill and you are pulled up with it.
The sport where you strap two boards to your feet and point them down the mountain. Then, once on the mountain, comes the challenge of mastering the nutcracker to ride up the rope tows. Nonrevolving ski tow rope specifically designed for ski, snowboard and tubing areas with a rope tow. One complaint at roundhill ski field is that some have is that the slope faces the sun and it is prone to meltfreeze cycles.
Some previous experience using a nutcracker rope tow. For the uninitiated, a nutcracker lift basically consists of a moving rope that passes through a series of pulleys to which skiers fix themselves using a metal contraption thats connected to an old leather belt worn around their waist. Its skiing is considered entirely offpiste and the only lift access is the puckering nutcracker rope tow that has the capacity to burn holes in your gloves if youre not careful. Hanmer springs ski area is run by the amuri ski club, founded in 1957. How to ride a nut cracker rope tow skisnowboard youtube. My buddies will all head to the main lift serviced park and then ill get a phone call abt 10 mins later why i didnt follow them lol. Needless to say, the rope tow became very popular, not only because it provided much more time for skiing than having to walk back up the hill, but they also served as an attraction, in and of themselves, as spectators would also turn out just to watch the skiers being hauled up the hill. New zealand nut cracker archive teton gravity research forums. They basically consist of a moving rope that passes through a series of pulleys, and skiers fix themselves to the rope with a metal contraption that is connected to a harness around the hips. The harness comes complete with everything ready to go. Here are a few tips to ride the tow safely and easily. Extreme rope tow nutcracker at craigieburn valley powdercam. One things for sure it did make coming down the hill seem easier if you made it up.
Feb 16, 2010 loading a nut cracker rope tow at craigieburn new zealand. Using a nutcracker rope tow, on the other hand, is a different matter, and may take a little getting used to. Christchurch canterbury, skiing in new zealand things to. Once you are up there, living right in the centre of the skifield is fabulous. At tukino, there are no chair lifts or even poma lifts. A rope tow consists of a cable or rope running through a bullwheel large horizontal pulley at the bottom and one at the top, powered by an engine at one end. The tow at mount baker, located south of the slalom course there, was longer.
I always say cause i stayed in the rope park cause its the most fun park. Getting the snow in new zealand wagner custom skis. This beast of a mountain is accessed via a bush bashing 4wd trail through lower slope forest. May 09, 2011 theres something to be said for a skiing challenge, whether thats aiming for a 720 in a halfpipe, hucking a cliff or. First employee webb moffett became the first employee of ski lifts, inc. It can take a few tries to master and most people will have the hang of. If you find yourself exploring the club skifields hidden away in nz youll find most of them have the rope tow and nut cracker set ups. A surface lift is a means of cable transport for snow sports in which skiers and snowboarders. The times when we come to a flatter section of the trail, ill ski past him and as i do, i lift my end of the slope ropes up and over his head as he holds on to his end so i can start to tow him. This means riding the rope tow with your pack on your back. Where to go skiing and snowboarding in the southern hemisphere. Roundhill ski field nz roundhill ski field in new zealand used to be aptly named. The rope tow nutcracker harness reduces the hassle and increases the comfort of rope tows. The skiing world has mostly moved on to mass transport options like highspeed quads and even sixes, so these days.
The rope tow is a unique lift system in new zealand that is used at four of the ski selwyn six mountains. Harnesses with nutcrackers are available for free in a bin at the bottom of the access tow, however the club recommends bringing your own for maximum comfort. Dec 25, 2018 rope tows are my favorite thing in skiing. A revolving rope can catch gloves, parkas, sweaters and scarves. Parts for seadoo engine parts for seadoo pump parts for seadoo impellers for seadoo cables for seadoo seat covers for seadoo handlebar covers for seadoo. Note the learners tow is usable as a handheld also so beginners can travel without the tow belt and progress up to it as they advance. To ride the rope tow you grab the moving rope with one hand, and tighten your grip until you are moving at the same speed as the rope and it is no longer slipping through your hand.
Blue shadow rope tow nutcracker harness home facebook. With the small crowds at roundhill ski field, this can be a paradise for many. Since 1968, west marine has grown to over 250 local stores, with knowledgeable associates happy to assist. Ask anyone who mastered the rope tow and they would tell you that it was a lift for experts, but where did you find most rope tows. Nutcracker ropetows are typically used at some of the new zealand club fields and some of the smaller commercial ski fields. The nutcracker rope tow system is one of the most primitive types of ski lift. The skiing mt olympus ski in the playground of the gods. The rope tow nutcracker harness has been developed after years of skiing and snowboarding on canterburys club ski fields. To get up the mountain, you either have to hike or take a nutcracker rope towa new zealand invention named after the nutcrackershaped bolt that connects you to the tow. If you havent ridden a rope tow before wed be happy to help you learn, but please arrive the day before your course to get comfortable with this lift system. Prepare by holding the nutcracker in an open position with your hand thats furthest from the rope if skiing, or.
Accommodation is also available onmountain and theres no better way to end or start in a new adventure. Avalanche courses where skiings as good as it gets. Its the old school way of skiing the countrys best runs, and youll be able to give it a redhot crack on the haka tour snow odyssey. Leitnerpoma manufactures tbar ski lifts, and rope tows. Pete added that when it snows a lot he fires up another, steeper tow in the back for the more hardcore skiers. Check out our nutcracker rope tow equipment including nutcrackers, belts, harnesses, carabiners, gloves and glove savers. The times when we come to a flatter section of the trail, ill ski past him and as i do, i lift my end of the slope ropes up and over his head as. A ski tow, also called rope tow, handle tow, or bugel lift, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers and snowboarders uphill in its most basic form, it consists of a long rope loop running through a bullwheel pulley at the bottom and one at the top, powered by an engine at one end. I like that i can steer my little guy when i need to so he doesnt go off the slopes, and i really like how i can use it as a tow rope too. Loading a nut cracker rope tow at craigieburn new zealand. Tukino skifield has 3 nutcracker tow rope lifts in operation, plus cat skiing to the top of the field when available. The tow at snoqualmie summit was 1,000 feet long and would lift skiers up 450 feet, which was seen as the solution to the areas weekly traffic jam, as it would keep the skiers heading uphill on one side and those skiing downhill on the other.
Pete was rather indifferent to the prospect of a film featuring his tow but explained that he runs the tow every sunday for friends and family and that i could come up the following weekend if i wanted. Electric motor, gear box and pully from a 110v boat lift free 400 58 3 strand polypropylene rope. Sep 15, 2017 needless to say, the rope tow became very popular, not only because it provided much more time for skiing than having to walk back up the hill, but they also served as an attraction, in and of themselves, as spectators would also turn out just to watch the skiers being hauled up the hill. The second tip is to figure out if the rope tow will be on the frontside or backside of your snowboard. The roundhill ski area was very small and sat atop a smooth topped dome a little round hill with perfect beginner terrain that was incredibly popular with families.
If you go to either side of the rope tow you will find some excellent offpiste terrain. Jun 24, 2017 using a nutcracker rope tow, on the other hand, is a different matter, and may take a little getting used to. In the simplest case, a rope tow is where passengers grab hold of a rope and are pulled along while standing on their skis or snowboards and are pulled up a hill. This is genuine skiin, skiout accommodation, with a real sense of isolation. Most resorts in australia and new zealand began with nutcracker tows. Canterbury skiing winter euro campers tourism and travel. Nutcracker ropetows nz nutcracker ropetows are typically used at some of the new zealand club fields and some of the smaller commercial ski fields. If youre a beginner or you havent seen a rope tow before, youll spend at least half a day figuring out how to use it. The detachable grip ski lift is an exception to standard surface lifts capable of longer. Jan 19, 2014 the tow at mount baker, located south of the slalom course there, was longer. Typically, surface lifts are designed for short line lengths, to be operated at reduced speeds, and are intended for beginners. How to use the nutcracker and other commentary the blackmail. We wrote a post on the infamous new zealand nut cracker you might find of interest. Aug 27, 2017 then, once on the mountain, comes the challenge of mastering the nutcracker to ride up the rope tows.1000 1194 971 715 576 1580 343 1004 329 1579 524 1032 1565 444 1167 1092 122 1058 1198 360 1380 1274 1464 219 630 148 790 1084 237 689 1346 13 166 259 272 1528 1194 467 1332 5 105 1101 1333 739 975 1277