Skiing

Back to winter, back to inner seeing

Apart from a recent posting of favourite images my last post was about the onset of spring. Well New Zealand’s climate is ever changing and we’ve had a dramatic change back to winter… Conditions were obviously 1st class on arrival at the Snow Farm car-park last Sunday… More snow than I’ve seen for sometime… I…

Lightweight ski touring dilemma solved

It was back in the late 60’s I started skiing, and at a club field complete with rope tow, walk in/up to the snow, dig the rope out after storms and crank up the tractor. We’d often ski so late we’d walk down in the dark to the accommodation hut. That’s when my love affair…

Old Haunts

I seem to have been all over locally in the last week. With springtime ski touring on x/c skis a “happening” thing [a firm snow base with soft on top really suits the narrow skis], but then there are the delights warmer temperatures bring, such as a bush walk at nearby Kidds Bush in Lake…

A Ceilidh at the Snow Farm

I’ve come close but this weekend past I realised I’ve never been to a true dinkum Ceilidh before [pronounced “Kayleigh”]. It all began as a fund raiser at the Snow Farm for the kids in the NZ Nordic Sports Development Assoc. This is an organisation I’ve had a lot to do with – one I…

The pleasant aftermath of quite a storm

This weekend we’ve experienced the positive benefits of quite a spell of wild weather. Front after front dropped up to 2 meters of snow on the local ski areas, and probably double that back in the Southern Alps. It was a pretty unusual cycle though, as a lot of it happened accompanied by gale force…