Snow and more snow
Wanaka Travel Blog› entry 35 of 47 › view all entries
August 17th, 2008 – by: manuel_s
My first plan was actually to do a skydive above the lake here but there was so much cloud cover they kept cancelling the flights. So I went to check out the Fighter Pilot museum nearby which was pretty nice. Quite amazing the amount of Kiwi's who thought it necessary to sign up during WWII and go to England to fight, proportionally NZ contributed the most soldiers of all the British Commonwealth. I guess that testifies how close that bond was (and still is I suppose) despite the geographical distance.
So the hostel was full of people lugging snowboards around (for some reason there's tons of the more independent kind of Japanese youngsters here) and I realised that when in Rome.
Another exciting part of snowboarding is actually getting up to the ski field with your car. I've never been in the Alps in Europe so I don't know how it's there but I'm pretty sure it's nothing at all like this. You put snow chains on your car allright here but still you need to claw your way up a few kilometers of frozen muddy hairpins with gravel and no guard rails whatsoever. People have died here for sure. While going up I saw a 4WD coming down and breaking too hard in the hairpin. He slipped, did a 180 degree flip and almost went backwards over the edge. That stopped my heart for a second... and made me drive really slowly in my 2WD rental...
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