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The week that was in Wanaka - Week 10

Here we are back after the extended week of the L2 exams. It’s been a long and pressured fortnight which has brought both pleasure and pain as our time in the Land of the Long White Cloud drew to a close. Read on for the final instalment of our time in NZ as we all start making our way on to life's next adventure ...

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 8

This week was one of déjà-vu all over again! Sun, sun and more sun. Two dozen days of bluebird skies in a row, not something we’re all that used to here in NZ’s Southern Alps. Under all that burning sun the snow has held up remarkably well, which was good news for this past week’s mock exam for L2. This was a great chance for everyone to get a real idea of how close they are to clearing the bar.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 7

We have enjoyed a week of sun, sun, sun and more sun …. which provided the perfect back drop for switching disciplines, some fancy dress and a couple of Level 1 passes and a sad goodbye thrown in.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 6

This week has been one of amazing snow, amazing weather, sunshine and ice water. Our Snowskoolers have definitely helped raise awareness of and funds for ALS / Motor Neurone Disease as almost everyone has been nominated to do an ice bucket challenge. It almost became competitive to see who could be the most inventive with late night dips in the creek, full-on lake jumps, buckets of snow and even one that followed a skydive.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 4

It's been an eventful week on many fronts what with the Level 1 exams done and dusted, outstanding results celebrated, a new arrival joining our ranks, a birthday celebrated and a road trip to Queenstown. Read on for all the details ...

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 3

We've had a mixed bag of weather this week but the upside has been that the winds and storms brought with them a good amount of fresh snow. The focus has been on training - on the mountain and in the classroom - in preparation for the coming week's L1 exams.

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 2

Second week done! It's been a mixed bag of weather this week with strong winds blowing all too often but with the L1 exams only a week away, we all persevered and made the most the circumstances. The team's major distraction away from the mountain this week was an epic few rounds of paintball - no need for strategy as the group quickly adopted the much more fun approach of Fire! ... Aim! ... Ready!

The week that was in Wanaka - Week 1

Kia ora! Welcome to the first edition of the newsletter from SnowSkool in NZ where we've settled into our new way of life in the Land of the long White Cloud. So far, we've managed to strain just about everything we own at an introductory session at the local gym, smash our first week of training, throw down some spectacular shapes in a dance-off and complete a round of Frisbee golf. Putting aside a couple of laundry faux pas by the boys in apartment 105, we are travelling well and looking forward to the coming week of training.

The Week That Was - SnowSkool Banff 2014 - Week 12

Hello one and all, and welcome to the final SnowSkool newsletter from Banff 2014! Crazy to think it's been almost 3 months since everyone stepped off the plane at Calgary as fresh-faced strangers. Fast-forward 12 weeks and everyone leaves here as qualified instructors with a mountain of good memories behind them. Before we get all sentimental though, let’s take a look at what antics have been going down in the last seven days!

The Week That Was - SnowSkool Banff 2014 - Week 11

'Allo, 'allo, 'allo and welcome to the penultimate Banff newsletter! Yes, it’s hard to believe but we’ve only got one week left out here before the group flight home next Saturday. But what a week it has been: the Level 2 exams were finally upon us and with them came plenty of nerves, plenty of powder and plenty to celebrate! Without further ado, here’s how the last 7 days panned out …