Snowy Wonderland and sore asses

Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
Trip End Dec 10, 2010

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Mountain View Motel

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Left Wellington with Seamus at lunch on Friday, passed by Balmy Palmy to pick up Stephen and kept driving until we reached Ohakune. We then met up with Anna who left earlier in the day and had a gorgeous dinner in Turoa Lodge restaurant and a few beers in the bar afterwards.

The next morning (well more like afternoon) we drove up Mount Ruapehu for our first skiing experience. Anna and Simon are already pros so they went to the higher slopes while we decided to get beginners lessons. The lessons lasted two hours and in those two hours there were plenty of spills and sore asses! Not to mention that darn shed at the bottom of the ski slope that got grafittid accidentally with my skis and had Steve in stitches. Problem was he was laughing so hard he slid down the same slope and into the same shed seconds later. HA HA what goes round comes round Curry!! 

The best one though was Seamus who, under the instructions of our new teacher, was to head straight for him and slow down as he approached utilising his newly learned 'skills'. Unfortunately he went in the wrong direction and hit a snow bank, ending up as a snowball with skis, heh heh. You had to be there :-D It just never gets tired!

We're heading up again in September so adios amigos until the next time.......

Went back to Ohakune to get another ski lesson and graduated up to the next slope yaay. Still having a bit of trouble stopping on the steeper bits but getting there! Getting used to the skis again was a bit of a challenge and managed to take out a couple of snowboarders on the way down heh heh. But after a full day of skiing we actually weren't too bad and managed to avoid other people and only injure ourselves!

Instead of going skiing again on Sunday we decided to drive up to Taupo to see the gorgeous lake and Mt Ruapehu from a distance. Breathtaking scenery but apparently the South Island is even better, just can't imagine it being much better than this :)
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