Travel.P #29 – Boarding in Wanaka

Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Wow here we go nearly 30th blog entry. Crazy.

Why else did I come to Wanaka? Another reason why I came to Wanaka was to board in the winter season. Foremost I have to say I did 10% of the snowboarding of that I wanted to do, due to living just to far from the Cardrona Alpine Area. Every time 1 hour just for the drive took a bit of motivation, but usually every time we went we had a great day and a lot of fun. The sky area was different to what I was used to but man, the fun park was crazy. I never saw anything this massive. Not that I am good enough to go on the kickers, but hey I tried my bit, and failed my bit, hahaha.

Still boarding was awesome, because we usually hiked around and did some off piste riding. That was super sick. It is way more exciting for me to climb the mountain, that you will board down, through uncrossed fresh power that surrounds you and leaves a slowly falling snow tail. It feels like going with a hot knife through butter. A Chinese dragon through the clouds. It feels like floating, super smooth and calm. Lorna and Kate had ski touring skiers with skins, so I was usually the only one that had to walk through the snow, but it never was too deep so it was alright and not too exhausting for me. Here and there I broke through the harder snow and got trapped leg deep, but that was rarely the case. After a hard climb follows usually a break on top of the mountain to enjoy the view and get pumped for the ride through powder. After clicking into my board and hopping closer to the edge and after a final observation if there might me any avalanches going off and after a guesstimate float down the hill. Maybe an hour climb for 5 minutes of pure satisfaction. Seems like a weird deal, but in my eyes it is so worth it.

Mostly we went one by one, but sometimes we all went at once an crossed each other and simply had fun together, sharing the experience at the same time releasing our joy trough shouts and laughter. I am not a good boarder, I might me, but I miss the experience as well as practice. Also if I saw some small cliffs after a snowy night I tried them out, usually with roly-polys afterwards and covered in snow, the beard frozen to one big piece of snow and ice. Ahhh I loved it. Also I often throw a strop about wasting our time driving all the way to Cardronna, the ski area, but in the end I never had a bad day and I apologized for my strop.

Powder day

Usually we went when the weather was great, only once or twice the vision was bad, but except those days it was great weather when we went. One day of great weather was very special, because Holly, our housemate, organized us into a hot tub on the mountain list. It was some advertisement from a Japanese beer brand. It was great, we all got a 0,5L beer and snacks for free while watching the X-games finals from 250 meter distance to the huuge kicker. And because one beer wasn’t enough we brought our own and got a bit drunk. It was so cool to sit in a hot tub, surrounded by snow and sun. The water was lovely warm and we had one hour, drinking and having a crazy time in the hot tub. After walking back in lovely dressing gown we continued drinking and left quite tipsy the ski area after a lovely day together and some not so sober fun boarding times.

Another day we all went to Ohao, another alpine resort, where we spent a day and a night. The night in the hot tub watching the sunset and the stars, with lovely dinner, lamb or salmon with mash potato and sauce. And a lot of bread and butter. The views from the mountain were better than in Cardronna and different good to TC alpine area, where we spent another day on a different day. I hated it, but that was just me on that day, hahaha.

Well and before I started boarding I was getting trained to volunteer for disabled people in the ski area. That was a lot of fun and interesting stuff.

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Joa, that was pretty much my season. Oh and usually we tried to hitch to the top of the mountain, because there is no gondola so you have to drive up the mountain until you reach the alpine resort. We mostly did it to safe petrol and it worked pretty much every time. When the season was over everyone was a bit shocked, because well, we didn’t do as much skiing as we all expected, but me personally I had a great season.

early bird

While we were working in Wanaka, we did some hikes, my favorite were the Motatapu and the Liverpool hut hike. About those two crazy hikes I will tell you the next time. About taking the hard route not on purpose, about building a shelter for the night, river crossings and fights against mountains that ascended seemingly for ever with indescribably views over beautiful valleys while we didn’t meet a single soul.

worth it to be early on the mountain, I did it once….

While we were working in Wanaka, we did some hikes, my favorites were the Motatapu and the Liverpool hut hike. About those two crazy hikes I will tell you the next time. About taking the hard route not on purpose, about building a shelter for the night, river crossings and fights against mountains that ascended seemingly for ever with indescribably views over beautiful valleys while we didn’t meet a single soul.

Here I am back in Sydney after beautiful three weeks in the Amazing New Zealand with awesome people. Finally coming home, surprising the family and trying to spend my next two weeks with the best fam on earth. Abandoning my working holiday visa for Australia hurts. I will move to south France and repair with my friends a new sailing boat that we got, but that we have to repair and fix up, to make it ready to be able to float on the water. So the next weeks are gonna be exciting, and I try to catch up with my blog, so you can follow me up to date.

Ahh mountains, the sea or green forests, go and seek and find them and you will find home and peace. Take your shoes of, walk through the rocks, the sand and the leaves. Breath deep and take in all the wonderful things going on around you.

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