Skiing in Wanaka, the Southern Alps!

Trip Start Jul 08, 2009
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Trip End Aug 03, 2009


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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, July 12, 2009

It was a seven hour drive south from Christchurch to get to the main ski region, Southern Alps.  The bus ride was quite easy as the scenery was spectacular and had a very friendly bus driver.  It also helped that i scored the front seat (good decision on my part) so had the best view in the house with the complimentary commentary of the driver here and there.  It probably took 2 hrs before the landscape changed and we were amongst foothills, small mountains, whatever you wanna call them.  And i was surprised to find snow on the ground, enough to cover it and the hills were completely white.  I was very excited, its been a while since i experienced snow.  Apparently they had a good down pour (for their standards) last week and much earlier than normal so the slopes were in great condition and season started earlier than usual...great for me.

Wanaka is a very small town, 1000 peeps or so, very touristy but still holds that small town charm.  Its beautiful. It sets on a lake and is surrounded by mountains.  The view from the hostel was magnificent, just a park, a lake and gorgeous snow capped mountains.  I came here to ski and that is what i did....2 full days at Cardrona slopes!  I hadn't been skiing in 3 1/2 years so took me a few runs to get rid of the rust.  The view again atop was just brilliant, mountains far as the eye could see and  a 360 degrees view literally.  The first day was perfect, not a cloud in the sky, so the perfect view could be had in its entirety...second day was pret-near as good.  Skiing conditions were fabulous, lots of powder, no ice, lots of intermediate, gradual runs, just perfect for me.  It was meant to be i think!  The mountain is 1800m or so high, you gotta drive up quite high before the slopes even begin, that's where the real snow is.  Now it's no Rockies but it is the best skiing in the southern hemisphere...and i so did enjoy.  It felt really great to ski again!!  I am feeling it now, as my body isn't used to such full-on skiing but that isn't gonna stop me from checking oot another mountain...issitt!?  Please hold for more...
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