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Feeling pro :)

And by that I mean no major chair lift stacks today!!

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Hello family ☺ (and anyone else bored enough to read this!) Feeling extremely lucky as today was another perfectly sunny yet freezing day in Queenstown. Weather has been so great and even though we turn to ice cubes every time we leave our room I keep telling myself it’s all part of the experience. We headed up Coronet Peak again early this morning (we even beat the sun up!) and spent a bit of time all together in the morning doing some of the easy runs and taking photos before we all split up and did some of our own level stuff. I went on a blue run which was going well and my turning and full circles were going great until I took a wrong turn and ended up on something that was certainly NOT a blue or green run!! Lots of stuff to avoid and crazy steep but I managed it by going falling leaf the whole way down. Felt pretty pro after that!! Knee does not feel pro though so I needed a break after that one and then stuck to the blue runs for the rest of the afternoon. Every one is really happy with how quickly we are picking up stuff and we all had far less stacks today, particularly coming on and off the chair lifts. We were accident free there today! The only really frustrating thing I am finding with snowboarding is when tiny little kids come skiing past me twice as fast and twice as professional looking… show offs!!

We made it back up the hill again this afternoon (I feel the need to document this every day as it really is an achievement!! I’m glad we are all fit people because a fat person would certainly not make it so many times in a week) and I had a stop off to get some strapping tape so that I could strap up my knee for our walk back into town tonight and our snowboarding tomorrow. We are all getting ready now to head out to a place called Fergburger for dinner. It was recommended to us by heaps of people but we haven’t made it yet as every time we walk past there are about one hundred people lined up outside!!! We have decided that tonight is the night and we will just have to wait.

Last night we headed up the Skyline Gondola to take some photos and check out the view over Queenstown. It was very cool but also very scary standing outside on the viewing deck looking down over the lake and the town. I stayed as close to the edge as possible while the others were brave enough for a closer look. Had some hot drinks up there while we waited for the sun to go down to see what the lights looked like (amazing) before taking the gondola back down and ending up at this awesome little place called The Cow in a tiny little lane in the middle of Queenstown. There were no tables inside so we sat outside in a sheltered corner that had heaters around but was still fairly cold. Our waitress was a very pretty blonde girl with a Swedish accent and after she left from taking our order Marc said “Where is she from? I want to make her my bride”. She was doing really well as our first pizza came nearly straight away but the second took so long we gave up waiting, went and reminded her about it and asked for it to be take away since we were freezing to death, then ran back up the hill to our lodge and heated it up to eat over a brutal game of Dutch Blitz. I am regretting teaching that game to these guys as they now beat me every game! Played that for a while but were fairly sick of the rugby boys (a loud school group that moved into our lodge yesterday afternoon) playing pool loudly and making me feel the need to go all teacher on them and tell them to be quiet, so headed to our room about 10 and after some more chilling in there went to bed about midnight.

Plan for tomorrow is Remarkables so hopefully it will be another beautiful day ☺

Posted by clairebear89 22:09 Archived in New Zealand

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