So here is yet another Paean to New Zealand and the Kiwis. Many, many thanks to Julie, her extended network of friends and family, and the other fine folks we met along the way. All I can say is that if Julie is kind enough to offer up another NZ Gathering, you should find a way to go.
This particular Gathering was spread out over a couple of weeks - from late August into early September. Julie and Adrian started things off with a bunch of Wanaka locals. Cloudpeak & I showed up near the end of "week 1", followed shortly by Acrophobia and Mr. Acrophobia. We did a bunch of skiing. And a bit of sightseeing. I know for a fact that several folks have some better pics than I do. And some pics of places I did not get to. So post them up!!
Dear diary, we skied at Treble Cone on Friday, August 28th. It was wet. We have no pictures from the slopes. But we do have one from the car as we started down. You get the idea... Nonetheless, it was fun skiing with Julie, Adrian, and locals Yvonne and Lynn.
Saturday saw the arrival of Acrophobia and Mr. Acrophobia. And better conditions at Treble cone. Cloudpeak having some fun as the clouds were lifting..
A couple of shots of Julie heading into Matukituki Basin.
To say Sunday was rainy would be an understatement. After a morning of sipping coffee and watching Animal Planet videos about keas, Julie and Adrian decided it was time to head for their respective homes. As the rain continued, we checked out Wanaka's world famous Puzzling World.
Acrophobia and I explored this room. One pill makes you larger...
And one pill makes you small....
Cloudpeak exhibiting some puzzling behavior.
Monday it was back to TC's natural half pipes.
As the day went on, the weather got better.
Tuesday the weather continued its games. TC was being hammered & was closed, but Cardrona was open. After an adventure with chains (not the kind anyone cares to read about), we arrived in the middle of a whiteout. Fortunately it cleared and we found a bunch of low lying areas holding wind blown powder. It skied well for a few massively fun runs. Here's Acrophobia demonstrating...
Fun until the whiteout returned - with heavy winds. Acrophobia & Mr. Acrophobia contemplating our route home during a brief moment of "clearing".
After this we called it and headed for the Old Cardrona Hotel for lunch. Even if you do not ski Cardrona - don't miss the place. Great food & a very "Prancing Pony" ambience - especially if you end up sitting by the fire on a stormy day.
Wednesday it was back to TC to see what the storm had left for us. The keas kept an eye on us (or more accurately our food) during a coffee break while we waited for the Saddle Basin to open.
And the Saddle did open. And it was good...
But we called it after only a few runs in the Saddle - even though there was still plenty of good snow. Not that we'd normally do that. But we wanted to save our energy...
Because a few km out of town, this was waiting for us if the weather cooperated on Thursday.
Edited by spindrift - 9/27/09 at 11:20pm