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