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So here we are, at the end of 10 weeks. Oh all right – 11 weeks. Apologies for the delay in wrapping up with our final newsletter for NZ 2013 but it has been a mad rush getting everyone safely on their way and packing everything away for next year. And do you really appreciate just how long the journey is to the UK from the back-blocks of NZ????? The course has flown by and it's hard to believe that in just shy of three months our SnowSkoolers have stepped up their skiing and snowboarding so remarkably. The final week was rife with anticipation and excitement: our team worked themselves to the max and reaped the rewards accordingly. It really was a fantastic show from everyone involved! So without much further ado: Here is a blow-by-blow account of Week 10 in Wanaka!
So here we are at the end of Week 9! How time has flown – it seems like only a couple of weeks ago that everyone rolled into Wanaka, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. This week saw the end of lessons for the skiers on Wednesday and the snowboarders on Friday when it came time for them all to show they were ready for their Level 2 exams. Even so, a small group managed to finally to settle some unfinished business with an aeroplane and a parachute!
It's been chock full o' nuts this week in NZ what with our penultimate week of training; a mighty blizzard that freshened conditions nicely; a birthday to celebrate; registration for the L2 exams PLUS a monster visit to the Have a Shot activity park where we managed to avail ourselves of all sorts shooting activities. We're well worn out but still working hard in the run-up to the final few weeks.
It's spring! At the time of writing this newsletter, it's officially the first day of spring here in Wanaka and the weather couldn't be more appropriate. Boardies and vests could be seen all around town as people are putting away their winter coats for another year and getting ready for the impending slush-fest up the hill! Still no success staging the backflip competition (rest assured, if it does then photos will be taken!) but we did manage a little foray into pelting each other with paintballs. Read on to hear all about it!
Another week and another newsletter to keep all you lovely folks at home fully up to speed with what we've been up to in the Land of the Long White Cloud. This week has been another step-up in terms of technical performance and the gang has had to contend with some pretty questionable flat light. Fear not, though, humble readers! If the radio is to be believed then the big dump is on its way this Wednesday followed by blue skies, which means we can look forward to shredding the fresh stuff with infinite visibility! But in the meantime, we've been up to all sorts of stuff this week where it's been chock full o' nuts both on and off the hill.
Greetings sports fans! No rest for the wicked this week with Level 2 training beginning after the first round of exams and our subsequent pilgrimage to crazy Queenstown. Feeling refreshed (or worn out, as the case may be), training began for Level 2 in great conditions at Cardies on Monday ...
Wow! What a week! So here you find us at the end of Week 4, and it has been our busiest, most intense week yet. You'll all be relieved and stoked to hear that EVERYBODY passed their Level 1 exams! YAY! So we headed off to the adrenalin capital of the world - Queenstown - and knocked ourselves out with luge rides, bungy jumping and sky diving ... which explains why we haven't been in touch for a few days. But read on for the full story ...
Greetings again from Wanaka, dear readers, where we've had another week of spring-like conditions in what has been our last round of training before the L1 exams. And we also undertook training of a different type this week - we headed to a trampolining centre and practiced some park moves, safe in the knowledge we would land in a nice soft foam pit! The vid and pics are fab but fail to capture just how much fun it really was!
Hello again and welcome to another week of goings-on in Wanaka! The weather changed hugely this week – the sun came out and the temperature soared, meaning the snow softened up underfoot and became a lot more forgiving. As much as we'd really like a massive dump of fresh snow, the spring-like conditions were very welcome and we sneaked in a few hours playing football in the park on Saturday. But without further ado, let's get cracking with what we've been up to this week!
First things first: Welcome one and all to the first installment of our SnowSkool New Zealand 2013 newsletter! You’ll be updated weekly about what has been going on down in the antipodes as we'll be letting you know how everyone is getting on while they're studying to become ski and snowboard instructors at Cardrona. We got off to a flying start with almost everyone arriving last Saturday and ultra-eager to get up on the hill to begin their tuition. Read on ...