NZ - A Short Trip Home
Instead of living for most of the year in New Zealand and then going for a relatively short ski trip in the Northern Hemisphere, this year I am doing the opposite. I have just returned from a 3 month trip to NZ based out of Queenstown - as it turns out home is a cool place to visit!
LUMBER JACKING TO PAY MY DUES
It was not all fun and games though, it was a working holiday so when conditions were not ripe for skiing I was working hard as an arborist. As it happens in NZ sometimes, the snow was fickle and lacking for most of July so I spent much of my time working, which is not such a bad thing since I have almost paid off my student loan!
BREWSTER THE BITCH
While the days were sunny and the snow pack was trust worthy Jeremy Lyttle and I had an unsuccessful attempt on Mt Brewster. See my previous blog post about this.
THE GOOD SNOW
Through early to mid August came new snow and fun times!
LUKAS, DAN & SHOOTING
Then in Mid August the photographer, Dan "The Danimal" Power, and my good friend Lukas Zoegernitz (also a journalist for PowderGuide.com) turned up to share the fun for the last month. But unfortunately for us it failed to snow even once in the entire duration of that last month! So we did what we could with average snow and endless sunny days...
We were lucky enough to get a days heli skiing with Southern Lakes Heliski! We had a window of 3 weeks to do it so we waited and waited for fresh snow but when we realised that it probably wasn't going to come before we left the country we just had to get up there and make the most of it. Lucky for us our excellent guide, Ian, managed to find us good pockets of dry soft powder! Never a dull day with SLHS!!
OHAU I LOVE THAT PLACE
In my last week in NZ we went north to Ohau Snow Feilds, Lake and Lodge - what an epic place and nice people!
Then 2 days at home to see my family (1 day spend in the mountains & 1 day spent on the sea) before jetting back overseas...
ISLE OF WIGHT - PREPPING FOR AUSTRIA
Now I'm back on the Isle of Wight, UK with my girlfriend, Sophie, and her family before flying back to Innsbruck, Austria for the full season there.
Now I am just counting down the days till skiing again in Austria!!! I leave you with the teaser for Trail & Error, Whiteroom Productions new movie for which I spent many days filming last European winter. It is premiering in Innsbruck on the 22nd of October, if you are in Innsbruck I hope to see you there!