So with the long long weekend (1 day of leave plus a Bank Holiday) I headed down to the snows again with some of the 2011 CBA grads for another weekend of snowboarding action. Had a couple of goals for this trip, be ballsy enough to bring my camera up the mountain, be able to link turns, go up a t-bar with moderate confidence and do a 180 degree jump. Headed down to the snows early on Friday morning and spent our nights in East Jindabyne in a nice house which had some pretty decent views out the back.
Since I still don’t have my own board, I hired once again and recieved a brand new board that had never been used. The wax at the bottom was just so smooth, and I almost felt bad taking it because it wasn’t gonna go back the same..
Spent the first two days in Thredbo with some lovely sunny weather. Managed to catch up with Gab, Steven Le, Kim and co and spent most of the day with them. Second day managed to find Tang and John later in the arvo and was good to do some runs with them. Don’t have any photos from Thredbo as I wasn’t comfortable bringing the camera up yet. Perisher was a different story on Sunday with poor visibility all day (coupled with rain), managed to do a few runs but had trouble finding my way around. Was also sore from the previous days so took it easy during the morning.
The last day was much better with the sun out and the skies pretty clear and the camera was out. Spent most of the day on blue and double blue runs, namely the excelerator which was just amazing fun. Last hours of the day were spent doing some jumps at one of the terrain parks.
All in all, a very fun trip, came back full of bruises but no broken parts :). Click the pic below for the rest of the photos.
Had such a fun weekend at the snows with some good mates Andy, Richard and Peter learning to snowboard for the first time at Thredbo a few days ago. We spent early Friday morning on a mission to get ourselves to the snowy mountains for three days of fun filled adventure.
Getting there on Friday morning, the weather was great! Skies were clear and plenty of snow from the nights before. First thing was getting our gear, we hired from a place called Oz Snow Adventures at Jindabyne and it ended up being $375 for the board, boots, 3 day lift pass and a first timer’s lesson. Pretty steep. Once at the snow we grabbed some brekky and Richard and I waited for our lesson, 2 hours for $10. Pretty good value and learnt the basics of getting up the lifts and down the mountain. After a couple of goes, Andy and Peter convince us to go along some ‘intermediate’ trails much higher up in the mountain.
Second day we ventured even higher taking the Kosciusko Express up as we planned to get all the way to the top and take the long village trail down to the bottom. Unfortunately for us our plans were thwarted by our noobness and struggled to get up the T bar, eventually after many many attempts I got to the top but it was already 4.30pm and the lifts were closed. It was also windy as hell and visibility was really bad. So with my fogged up goggles we headed down to the base of the mountain.
Our last day at the snows wasn’t too great either, strong winds (basically a blizzard) meant that only two lifts were open, the one for Easy Does It and the Merritts lift meaning our options were rather limited. It was also freezing cold and almost impossible to see around. After 3 runs down we ended up on Easy Does It/Friday Flats and decided to try doing jumps over these small hills at the Wombat World kids area. Good fun but I struggled to stay upright after landing.
Can’t wait to go again in a little under 2 weeks time and hopefully I’ll be able to switch from heelside to toeside with more confidence.