Whakapapa

(AKA Whakapapa Ski Field ) Turangi, New Zealand

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Whakapapa Day 2

Whakapapa, Turangi
Snowboarding: Freeride
9 am - 2 pm Sunday. August 5. 2012
my rating 4 star rating
Wind Direction: N Wind Strength: calm

Woke to blue skies and no wind so we got our skates on and ripped up to the mountain for an early start.

They'd groomed the main runs overnight and the Happy Valley surface was a real racetrack. Alastair came down to earth (literally) with a bit of a bump trying to snowboard on the hardpack - pretty soon he'd swapped back to skis and was back in the comfort zone!

I spent a couple of hours with the kids down there whlle Kate went exploring up the mountain. The snow softened right up by late morning and the kids were loving it. Eventually we all headed up the main lift and did heaps of runs down Rock Garden. Real nice for the kids and parents together - no wind, blue sky, good snow, no injuries!

After lunch I went to the top but it clouded in and I had no idea where I was going. Bit of a shame as it had snowed overnight and there was some good stuff around but the light was so flat you never knew when you were going to get involuntarily airborne. Managed to find my way down and cruised for a while at the lower altitudes before calling it a day, packing up and heading back.

Nice way to spend a coupla days. Got a week at Mt Cheeseman at the end of August so a good warm up. Hope we get a few more dumps before then though!

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