More mountains of fun
Trip Start Aug 17, 2012
3Trip End Aug 31, 2012
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Wonderful Wineries and Woeful Wallabies
On Saturday we had a lazy start before heading to the Central Otago wineries of Gibbston Valley and Bannockburn. This time our pick of the wineries was Akarua, not only their two Pinots (one subtle and one very ballsy) but also their Pinot Gris and Rose were awesome.
The wonderful start to our day turned to disaster however on a rainy evening in Queenstown, as despite the Robbie Deans changes the Wallabies were walloped by the AB's as we sat amongst a big vocal Kiwi crowd at a favourite Queenstown steakhouse 'Brazz', sinking lower and lower into our seats
Fresh 'Pow Pow' Sunday
The heavy rain of the previous evening had fallen as snow on the higher mountains, including The Remarkables ski field just out of Queenstown, we'd never been there before so it was the perfect opportunity to head up. The weather was great, it was lovely to ski in fresh powder (or 'Pow Pow' as it's known!) given that the Southern Lakes area is not having the best winter in terms of snow cover. James went up into the basin to find the fresh powder, while Kimberly had a lesson and found her calling in the Snow Park on jumps and obstacles. For such a fantastic natural location with great potential, it's a real shame that The Remarkables is suffering from chronic under-investment, with crowded and ageing infrastructure and slow lifts that don't access much of the excellent surrounding terrain, which consists of high mountain bowls and chutes.
We spent the day at Treble Cone (known as TC's - hope you're getting the local lingo!) it's an epic ski field, Kimberly had an advanced lesson where her group hiked to the summit of the mountain and skiied down over some excellent snow. We had been quite apprehensive about going to TC's due to the famed access road, which is basically a goat track cut into a series of crumbling cliffs.. but the road proved much easier to conquer for James than the mountain did, as he got carried away after his epic morning, went astray in an out-of-bounds area, tried to hike out, fell down a steep chute and had to be rescued by Ski Patrol. James was relatively unscathed apart from a minor knee injury and a severely bruised ego. In our opinion, Treble Cone is easily the best Ski Area in the Queenstown/Wanaka area.