At the beginning of the week Queenstown was still sat on the edge of a low-pressure weather system; meaning the trainees had to ski in windy and cloudy weather conditions, with great snow. As the bad weather subsided throughout the week the trainees were treated to some of the best snow conditions Kiwi’s have seen in years, ideal for level 2 training. To put this in perspective; for the past week it has been possible to ski right to the valley floor from the top of Coronet Peak, this wasn’t possible at any point last winter.
Harry....not enjoying himself at all.
There have been some serious improvements made to the trainees skiing and snowboarding over the past couple of weeks, one particular trainee known to the other trainees as Swany hated skiing in powder two weeks ago and now he can’t get enough of the stuff. This leads me seamlessly to the end of the week which culminated in one of the highlights of the course, a day that none of the trainees will ever forget……….Heli Skiing!
Harry, Dave, Paddy and Nora hitching a ride.
Although Heli Skiing isn’t included in the cost of the 10 week course Peak Leaders have a great relationship with Harris Mountain Heli Skiing, the third largest operator in the World, who offer our trainees the opportunity to take advantage of some of the cheapest and best Heli Skiing on the planet, at a highly discounted rate. This year the trainees were driven just west of Wanaka to the foot of the North Harris Mountains, 10km past Treble Cone, our kit was unloaded and in groups of five we were shuttled up the mountain with a guide. Needless to say the whole day was incredible; light fluffy knee-deep powder, fun terrain, scenic helicopter rides and absolute solitude…….lunch wasn’t half bad either!! Life doesn’t get much better than that epic day of shredding, unless you finish it off with a cold beer in the Cadrona hotel.
Paddy shredding the gnar!
Dave, making it look easy.
Not a bad spot for lunch.
Sneaky beer at the legendary Cardrona Hotel on the way home.