Wow, a whole week has passed since this trip in the blink of an eye!
Even as I’m typing up this post, my brain and neck and back and pretty much my entire body is hinting to me that I need to rest and recuperate. Because I am STILL feeling the aftereffects from last weekend’s trip to Whakapapa! Yeah, say wuuuuut?
This snow trip is the first time I’ve been to the mountains in a decade (or more)!
My family used to make snow trips with my parents’ church home group members back when I was in primary school. There was a period of time when we went every single year and I became so good at skiing.
Then, we stopped going in intermediate when my parents decided that studying was more important for me (lol) but I managed to learn how to snowboard through an elective class at my intermediate. I really have to thank my year 8 teacher for making me take this ‘active’ class, even though her purpose was to just stop me from reading novels all the time. It was good fun and I became pretty good at snowboarding!
So this time, I thought I’d snowboard since I boarded more recently than I skied… and I was absolutely 100% wrong.
I fell so much, it was actually funny. Words can’t even describe how terrible I was on the mountain. I could hardly turn to avoid things, and I was far from being able to turn properly like actual boarders. I just falling-leafed my way down the mountain lolol.
It was amazing I didn’t die tbqh.
I didn’t get many photos of people going down the slope or anything, but here are a few other photos from the trip that was pretty darn memorable!
And of course, finally, a group photo with the wonderful group of grads from work that went <3
Also, check out this awesome montage of the trip that JS took through his gopro 😀
The snow season is good until September, so make a trip down if you can! Real snow on the mountain is sooo much more fun than manmade snow in indoor snow fields! Plus, the views are ridiculous at the top. It was too snowy to take a good photo, but the view was actually amazing from the tourist lookout point near the top of the mountain.
Check out information on Mt Ruapehu ski fields here – there are 2 sides to the mountain to choose from!
Do you like snowsports? I really want to get my own set of gear because hiring is so expensive! What brands are good out there? :O