Tuesday brought about another bluebird day with warmer temperatures. Most groups took advantage of the great conditions and no crowds and headed staright to the Saddle Basin. The skiing was fantastic with great grooming on Rafills and South Ridge. The gullies were all skiing great as the groups challenged themselves in Superpipe, Mineshaft and Payback. The groups all skied to the very end and it was a quiet bus ride home.
Ali in her favourite run, Superpipe
Andrew in one of the many gullies
That night it was off to Lalaland for some pre-dinner drinks before the feast at Relishes. As usual, the volume grew as the wine bottles were emptied. After dinner, those who turned left enjoyed a nice nights sleep while those who turned right got swallowed up by the night.
Wednesday was a rest day. Some relaxed and recovered while others went shopping or a for a run. Linc headed out on Chris's boat for an Eco-tour around Lake Wanaka. A visit to the magical Mou Waho Island and its lake ontop of an island on the lake offered some beautiful views and some Weka bird sightings.
view from Mou Waho Island
The lake on an island on Lake Wanaka
Thursday we awoke to more blue skies but a cold wind wsa blowing. The skiing was still great but the wind chill was cooling things down. Most of the day was spent in the Saddle Basin. Saddleback was groomed as well as the Bullet and both were skiing well. Superpipe was also in good shape with some good bumps up top and wind blown in the gulley. Gunbarrel was also holding good snow and proved to be the best option back to the base. Another full day of skiing and some tired souls on the bus ride home. Hard to beleive there is only one day left. As always, the trip goes by too quickly.
Rob toe-side in the Superpipe
Greg attacking one of TC's finest runs
Rob claims a victim