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Louise’s Birthday, more snowboarding and State of Origin

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So on Tuesday we woke up complaining again about how loud the alarm was, how dark it still was and how sore we were before we remembered it was Louise’s 20th birthday! We all wished her happy birthday then went straight back to whinging…

We headed off for our last day at The Remarkables, all ready for another exhausting day and I was very happy when we got Tom the bus driver again!! Another perfect day of sun and very little wind helped us to start feeling pretty confident with our boarding. Zac and I can go down switching toe side to heel side and keep up a decent pace, Marc is getting his turns down and Louise is feeling way more comfortable now that she has swapped to skis. Half way through the day Marc went and got his pro camera so that we could take some group pictures up on the mountain (as well as some sneaky selfies for facebook profiles!) and we spent the last few hours getting in as many runs as we could. I didn’t last too long though as my knee is still locking up every time a take a tumble and I need to give it a rest after every few runs. Nice excuse to go for a coffee break though ;)

Tuesday night we used our group dinner voucher and went to the Altitude bar for pizza and a drink to start our celebration of Louise’s birthday. After dinner we went up to the Casino purely because it had a 20 + age limit and Louise was now allowed to enter! We didn’t know what to do in there though so we only lasted about 10 minutes before heading across the road to the World Bar. This place was seriously cool! They give out drinks in a teapot with a bunch of shot glasses so you can share them with a group of people and they have huge moose heads and old tour posters and some random stuff hanging on all the walls. We stayed there for a while and had a few rounds of drinks before slowly making our way back up the death hill (as we now lovingly refer to it) and playing a round of Dutch Blitz (probably the slowest ever) before collapsing into bed. All round a pretty awesome day!!

This morning we had to get up really early (6:30) to be ready to catch our 7:15 bus over to Treble Cone for our last day of snow. Louise and I immediately fell asleep and stayed that way for the two hour trip. They boys say that we even coordinated our head movements and were always facing the same way as well as having our jackets done up over our faces and beanies pulled down just to try to stay a little warm! Treble Cone seems to be the most advanced of the places we have been over here. I first realized this when I watched the chair lift for a little while and didn’t see any stacks. This made me a little nervous!! We managed, however, to get on and off with no problems. After a particularly smooth exit, Marc even exclaimed “Sign us up for the Olympics!” We stayed on mostly green runs for the day seeing as they were difficult enough, although Zac was the keen one and took a long blue run down to the other side of the mountain. We had a few longer breaks today considering how wrecked everyone was after last night and our bus left at 4pm, by which time we were all ready for another nap on the drive home. I think I even fell asleep before the bus left the car park. When we got home we went into town and had dinner for the last time at our ‘local’. We were planning on staying there for State of Origin but then bailed on the idea as we couldn’t hear the commentators so came back to our lodge to watch it in the common room. Unfortunately the school rugby team who are staying here had the same idea so we are now all crushed into the common room with a seriously intense atmosphere (the team are from Sydney by the sounds of it and there are a few other QLD supporters here). Tomorrow we are planning on getting up early to head into town and go to the amazing chocolate place one more time, do a bit more shopping and looking around before coming back and packing up for our plane flight at 4pm. Should be back in Sydney by 9:30pm and then I go back to school at 10am the next day for a musical rehearsal. Not sure how long I’ll last for that!! Has been an awesome holidays though and I absolutely love my new snowboard and am very keen to keep working on it so let me know if you’re up for a snow holidays any time soon! ☺

Posted by clairebear89 03:50 Archived in New Zealand

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Claire, I only just discovered your New Zealand blog today. It is just as interesting as your Canadian one.Thanks for sharing your experiences. Love from us both.

by Ruth Forrest

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