Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

Snow, Snow, Fresh Snow

image This Tuesday found us waking up to a wet morning in Queenstown. Thankfully that meant snow in the mountains. The mountain outside of our apartment had snow down pretty low so that was a good sign. We all left the place and drove up to Coronet Peak. On the entrance to the resort we had to install chains on the vans. Yippie! We got up on the hill and the visibility was really bad but the snow was nice and soft if a bit wet. I was riding with Alain by myself (the others had moved up to the more advanced riders group). We did some runs and I had a good time. With the difficulty seeing there were a few bumps and crashes but I came out of it just fine (although my ankle was a little sore). The runs there were much longer than runs I had become accustomed to in Tahoe. That combined with the snow being very wet and thick made me get tired early so I stopped before the 4pm quit time. All in all it was a good day as I picked up some more great instruction, even if I couldn’t see very well on the slope. On the way back to Queenstown we stopped at a place on the river and rode the Shotover Jet. It’s basically a giant jet ski that can hold twelve people and a driver. It only needs four inches of water to run on and the driver is able to make turns in the blink of an eye. It was a lot of fun to say the least.