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Whakapapa Snow Trip

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?

 

whakapapa lodge garden panorama
View around our lodge

 

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!

 

whakapapa ski trip road tourist panorama
We stopped by the side of the road to Whakapapa so we could take tourist selfies and whatnot

 

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!

 

vain whakapapa selfie on ski lift
Good views on the lift!

 

whakapapa DU snowman with human hands and hair
Excuse my bad photoshopping attempt to make this snowman believable

 

vain tourist selfie on the side of the road to Whakapapa
Tourist selfie on the side of the road to Whakapapa

 

whakapapa ski trip JS and KD snuggles
Chill nights at the lodge. These cuties hehe

 

whakapapa ski trip JT braids GD hair
Everyone was impressed that JT could braid hair. What a thug!

 

And of course, finally, a group photo with the wonderful group of grads from work that went <3

 

whakapapa snow trip grads group photo
Group photo ft. my snob face. Photo: JS

 

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

 

  • Emma

    Looks like a fun trip! Though I don’t think I could ever ski or snowboard. On an unrelated note, I had no idea of the existence of Lookbook, but I’ve joined after seeing it on your site. Thanks so much for making it known to me, I’ve been wanting to share outfit pics but that doesn’t fit with my instagram, so it’s great to have a place to do it!

    • SnowRii

      If you’re ever up to the challenge, buy a package deal with lessons. Even falling on your ass 50 times down a slope is actually surprisingly fun 😛

      Glad I helped you discover lookbook! There’s another outfit app but lookbook is by far the winner of the outfit societies. Good luck! 🙂

    • If you’re ever up to the challenge, buy a package deal with lessons. Even falling on your ass 50 times down a slope is actually surprisingly fun :PGlad I helped you discover lookbook! There’s another outfit app but lookbook is by far the winner of the outfit societies. Good luck! 🙂

  • David Wilson

    Do you like snow? We get quite a bit of snow here in Ohio.It’s not uncommon to get storms with 9-12 inches of snow.Ohio is one of only a few places in the world that gets lake effect snow.The past two winters have been brutally cold as well! We had many days where it was below 0 degrees F!! The coldest I saw it last winter was 12 degrees below zero. 🙂