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. Check out this week's pics below ...
 

 
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Katie and Sam spent the week over in Queenstown riding at Coronet Peak where they sat their Level 1. All we could do in Wanaka was sit and wait and keep sending positive thoughts their way. Luckily all those crossed fingers (and more likely their hard work) paid off and they passed! Whoop whoop! 
 
Monday saw the departure of Sem as one of the ski trainers and the return of Jon. It also brought with it the first chance for the guys to get out and train in some gates, which required quick feet and more thought about the line to be taken. 
 
Wednesday was the usual break from training and most of the guys stuck with tradition and headed up the hill BUT the difference this week was that they swapped equipment.  Nick taught Scott to ski; Christie taught Luke to board and George and Clark swapped!  It was good fun all around and maybe a new found respect for the other’s discipline. Thanks had to go to Astyn who caught Scott’s brand new board when Luke made the rookie error of letting it slide down the hill with no one and nothing attached! 
 
After the fun of Wednesday, Thursday brought with it sad news as Emily fell and broke her wrist. After a long trip down the hill and two manipulations we were sent off to Dunstan about an hour-and-a-bit away from Wanaka. Eventually, at about 8 at night they started a pretty intense procedure to realign the bones but it turned out they didn’t quite manage it and Emily decided she should go home to Oz to recover properly. She left on Sunday and we all miss her heaps already. 
 
On a brighter note, Friday saw the first annual ITC dress-up day in aid of charity. Everyone donated a little to either Huck Cancer or New Zealand Adaptive Snow Sports and went about finding some interesting outfits to wear for the day. All the trainers got involved as well, rocking some pretty sweet retro outfits and bringing out old-school straight skis and even a mono-ski! Some of the outfits were pretty epic. 
 
Saturday saw yet more variety with Heather, George, Clark, Christie and Ben heading to Treble Cone for the day.  Those who stayed in town went to Have-A-Shot to try their hand at some clay pigeon shooting, mini golf and various other distracting stuff. Not a bad weekend to write home about. Saturday night was spent in Amigos’ Mexican restaurant, bidding farewell to Emily on what was her last night before flying home.  We all wish her a speedy recovery!
 
Lying ahead is another week of training starting with a mock exam on Monday to give everyone a good idea of where they are at for Level 2, which is inching ever closer!
 
Back next week with more news.
 
All the best
 
SnowSkool Liz
Course Host - SnowSkool NZ 2014
 
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