Saturday, August 23, 2008


Just a few quick notes about next weekend.

Prizes - All prizes are spot prizes and there is some good booty to be dished out. All those who attended last year will know what I mean.

Entry Fees - Cash. Yep like ya grandparents bring cash. SKIMONZ has not yet invested in the portable EFTPOS machine.

Conditions - Maybe a bit of red and black bias but what a season. The team at Ohau have talked up conditions (with good reason) so I think we can look forward to a great event.

Weather - Pray

See you all Saturday.


Thursday, August 7, 2008


-Date- 30th August 2008
-Venue- Ohau Snow Field, Ohau, NZ
-Entry Fee- $10 per person (Racers must purchase a pass for a discounted rate of $40 from Ohau Snow Field)
-Divisions- Race Male & Female, Recreational Male and Female
-Course- TBC, around 1000-1200 metres of vertical, made up of 3-5 ascents and descents.
-Required Equipment- Skis (or Split board), skins, boots, poles, helmet, gloves, light weight shell jacket, race number, transceiver, shovel, probe, pack (able to carry skis and fit required gear in it) required.
-Registration/Race number bib pick up- 8:30am-9am Ohau Day Lodge
-Pre- race meeting- 9am Ohau Day Lodge
-Race Start- 10am
-Cut Off Time- 12.30pm
-Prize Giving- 5.00pm in Ohau Lodge Game Room - Top 3 Male & Female Prizes, Major Prizes are all SPOT PRIZES
-Series Points- 1st-30 points, 2nd-25, 3rd-22, 4th-20 and so on....
-Sponsors- Black Diamond/Southern Approach, Ohau Snow Field and Lodge, Wilderness Magazine, The climber Magazine, Buff Head Wear, New Zealand Alpine Club, Protector Safety

- If you have any questions regarding the Black Diamond Backcountry Blast Race please ask them via a comment, or e-mail

Sunday, August 3, 2008


So if you are thinking of coming and wondering what equipment you will need here goes
- Skis or Split Board
- Skins
- Boots
- Poles
- Gloves
- Light Weight Shell Jacket
- Avalanche Transceiver
- Shovel
- Probe
- Pack (and you need to be able to carry your skis or board on this)

Some water and food would be very handy, at the very least for after the race. I also think a warm jacket for afterwards is a must. On the basis you might do the race then have a bite to eat prior to some laps on the tows or elsewhere in the afternoon it is amazing how quickly you cool down. If you get too cold it could ruin your afternoon.



Hi all,

If you are struggling to get accommodation at the Ohau Lodge or in the village then have a look at High Country Lodge and Backpackers in Twizel. They have a range of options and are reasonably priced. Their website is

Twizel is only about 30 minutes from the lodge. No further than Wanaka from Treble Cone or Cardrona, or Methven to Mt Hutt.