New Zealand ski season 2013



We are recently back from a fun winter in NZ.  After the huge dump in late June, snow tops ups were infrequent until October.  This meant lots of sunny weather and corn skiing all season.  I worked with some great teams – starting with a snow safety course with quality group of Wellington women.  CHILL spun a couple of snow safety classes my way and we had some great lessons and touring on the outskirts of Porters and Cheeseman(person).

Obie, Scott and I headed south for the Audi Quattro Winter Games.  Scott would be filming for Kinetic Media again while I would grab a few stories around this huge winter event.  This would be a key chance for athletes to gain points towards qualifying for the Sochi Olympics in Feb 2014.  Obie went to stay with friends while I taught the Chicks’n’Picks women’s ice class at the Remarkables Ice and Mixed festival in Queenstown.  I got to work with the mighty Jane Morris and we braved daily whiteouts to find ice (plus another source for a story!)

Back in Canterbury, Obie went back to school and I got to guide (with Pete Ozich) the excellent Team Trolove in fantastic weather and corn.  I am definitely looking forward to more touring with these guys next season.  Jo Guest’s Women of Winter showed up next and we enjoyed a windy and thus, quite adventurous couple of days touring in the Craigieburns.  The women coped marvellously in tough conditions and Mission WOW looks to have gained a toehold in our area.  Hooray!

The NZMGA ski guide exam rounded off the winter.  I worked with Gary Kuehn on a course that was historical in NZ in that, out of the 6 candidates, 3 were women.  Plus me assessing = 50%!  Stu Hollaway, Australian English HOD at a major Melbourne High School, gained his IFMGA while Jane Morris and Penny Goddard passed ski 2.  Legendary Lydia B passed ski 1 and her 3rd guide exam and Dave (Dove) Lundin and Mike Stewart passed their first NZMGA exam.  A good time spent in the Upper Tasman glacier of Aorkai/Mt Cook National Park and the back of the Remarkables.

Obie and I returned to Utah in early October.  Obie had been on spring break only to embark on fall break the following week once he started his new school

Last ski column for 2013: Man of the Mountains

Last ski column for 2013: Man of the Mountains

Scott and I were privileged to ski at Mt Hutt on a perfect day with 90-year old Willi Huber.  Originally from Austria, this mountain guide/ski instructor moved to NZ in the 1950’s, fell in love with a charming NZ lady and has stayed ever since.  He’s been of enormous benefit to the NZ ski industry and was key in the creation of Mt Hutt.