Another Mountain, Another Tantrum
Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
79Trip End Oct 01, 2015
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New Zealands ski fields are extremely different to those in Europe, they are much smaller for one but the main difference is that out of around 15 that are within 2 hours drive of christchurch mt hutt is the only one that has chair lifts - all the others either have T-Bars or the dreaded Nut Crackers, the name itself is enough to put you off and when we found out they were near impossible to use on a snowboard we have decided to stay away.
Mt Lyford we heard has enough slopes though that are accessible using the T-Bar - still a scary option on a board but we had to learn some day.
We decided to make the most of the day and head up to Mt Lyfords alpine resort the night before so we would be first to hit the slopes the following morning, we met our friends after work and headed off in convoy towards the ski field stopping off in a little village on route where we ate at a restaurant that advertised it was est in 2013 - with such a long running existence we figured we may as well give it a go!!
Tai then proceeded to demolish a bowl of ribs that seems to originate from some kind of giant mutant pig and with bbq sauce covering his face we were soon on our way again heading into the mountains.
The road twisted and turned its way up high up into the hills and after another hour or so we arrived at a beautiful log cabin in the middle of nowhere, there was no moon that night and as we looked above we noticed the sky was filled with thousands of stars!
We checked in at the bar where a log fire roared in the corner and people sat around discussing the days skiing to be had tomorrow, we quickly threw our bags in our room, found ourselves a place in front of the fire and relaxed with a couple of glasses of red wine, it was bliss.
The following morning we got up early and after breakfast set off towards the ski field. The road that lead to the ski area was so much worse than the Mt Hutt road - just wide enough for 1 car and covered in ice and snow we slipped and slid our way around the hairpin bends before thankfully arriving at the top safe and sound!
The sun was out and there wasnt a cloud in the sky - we got our lift passes and headed off boarding down to the first button lift. Tai was first and managed to fall on his first 3 attempts - i on the other hand did it on my 2nd! We boarded down again and this time i wasnt so lucky falling over a couple more times and then deciding to wait it out at the bottom for the others to come down - probably not the best idea as they couldnt see me from the top!
eventually they got the idea and we all went up again - this time we were to make our way over the far side and attempt a much bigger and steeper T-bar - and this is when the tantrum began - feeling thoroughly embarrassed that i wasnt a pro after my full 4 days of boarding i decided i was ready to give up and wanted to just hire some skis so i could keep up with the others - after a little pep talk from tai though we were on our way again and heading up the tbar which seemed to be much easier than the button - maybe because you have someone to hang on to - or push off as tai seemed to do frequently before deciding it was probably best to go up alone!
we had a great morning snowboarding and as the sun beat down on us we all quickly got very dehydrated and decided it was probably best to stop for a little bit.... we ate lunch at the car - we seemed very unprepared compared to some who had full on bbq's, beer and champagne banquets for their lunches - we made do with our cheese sandwiches and crisps! then we were back up the mountain to enjoy the rest of the afternoon, the sun had been beating down strongly all day - it was in fact so hot some people were skiing in just board shorts and vest tops - because of this it had melted the top layer of snow - they call it spring snow and it was so lovely to board on - it was really soft and im sure helped towards making us look slightly better than we were!
Mt Lyford was stunning - for the majority of the day we were the only people on the slopes - only having to queue a couple of times for the lift, you could also see all the way over to the sea which made for a pretty incredible backdrop.
By around 3.30 we were done for the day and loaded the car back up, we'd noticed so igloos around the day lodge and so went off to explore them- we managed to crawl inside one and got all 4 of us in there!
it was then sadly time to start our journey home - it had been a wonderful day and we decided we definitely would be coming back to lyford - this time for hopefully 2 nights.
We finished off a fantastic day with a pizza, bottle of wine and game of settlers of catan which tai won....it was a fantastic day and we just dont want the ski season to end.