Turoa

(AKA Turoa Ski Field) Ohakune, New Zealand

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Turoa

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Muscle memory kicks in!

Turoa, Ohakune
Snowboarding: Freestyle
10 am - 4 pm Friday. September 4. 2009
my rating 5 star rating
Wind Direction: S Wind Strength: calm

It had been 12 years since I last set foot on snow, let alone a snowboard, so this trip was going to be interesting. It was the annual work ski / snowboard trip and it's an all day marathon effort. Got picked up by the chartered bus at 4:30am, had brekky in Taihape and was up at the mountain just around 10am.

The wind was pretty strong and they'd closed the upper part of the mountain, but the lower chairs were open. After a first couple of tentative runs on the baby slopes to see if I could still snowboard, muscle memory kicked in and it all came back to me. Wicked.

Spent the rest of the day just stoked to be back on a board. The snow was pretty good and in spite of the cold you had to ensure on the lifts, it was heaps of fun. In the afternoon they opened the upper part of the mountain and we found plenty more runs to keep things interesting.

Uli was there too, tearing up the mountain. He usually skis but he's no slouch on the board. Super styly Euro carves! I had the helmet cam on and got some good footage of him going down the hill at warp speed ( will post it here soon)

After boarding pretty much non stop until 4pm, we headed down to town for an early dinner and plenty of beers, and then a pissy bus trip back home. Walked in the front door at 11:30pm. Slept well that night...

2 thumbs up!

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07.09.09 8.04 pm
That sounds like a brilliant way to spend a day :-)

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11.09.09 11.03 am
nice vid: well, it doesn't look like you've lost it fella, nowhere near enough crashes after a 12 year break, more detail on the Taihape breakfast in future please :-)

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