I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at the National Park that I met, such a great group of people, in no particular order, Anthony & Charlie (for being my crash test dummy partners on the slopes), Katie (for throwing snowballs), Gavin (for jumping out at me!!), Doug & Jen (for being such a great couple and making everyone feel welcome, plus the delights Doug could cook up), Sammy & Olly (for always keeping my belly full of beer), Nathan (for pointing someone special my way), Laura, Chantal, Liam and anyone else I might of missed – a grand time was had!
I managed a couple of weeks on the Whakapapa slopes in the end, starting with a Rocket Pass, which consisted 3 days of lift passes, gear and some training – my bum was sore by the end of the 3 days, having bruise upon bruise! Then I bought a seasonal pass and rented board and boots.
My run was about 9 or 10 days of solid snowboarding straight, dragging myself relentlessly out of bed each morning, my body was like a well oiled machine… that had broken down! Towards the end of my boarding I was on my heel, toe, linking in turns, getting dragged along by the T bar up the slopes with a flurry of snow in my wake!
Snowboarding in Whakapapa was such awesome fun and one which I shall return to for sure and get better at. When I finished I was building up my confidence for more speed before attempting some jumps… but unfortunately I ran out of time. Whakapapa and Turoa where great mountains to learn on, while they could of done with a little more snow, for me it was all new, so it was good enough.