Okay, so great news. I can feel my legs again. Celebrations all round!
Today we set off super early from the beautiful Lake Tekapo, and headed straight out to Ohau. Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Ohau is a smaller ski field with less beginner runs, but that didn’t stop me from having a great time up there today! My lesson went great; I picked up the whole ‘being strapped to a foreign object and barreling down an icy slope at top speed’ concept a bit faster than yesterday, and I was even able to navigate a bit better. Honestly, I was still fearful of the terrain; the slopes were quite icy due to the time of the morning that we were up there. Not to worry – there’s always tomorrow!
I would definitely recommend Ohau to anyone who is confident on a snowboard or skis. A total hidden gem! The property felt like it was straight out of the seventies. The staff were all super friendly, and the lodge on site was stocked with the best food, which I didn’t ask about but am guessing is mostly homemade. For any ginger lovers out there, the ginger slice was out of this world.
By about two o’clock this afternoon, the temperature really dropped, and the sun slipped behind the clouds. There was a lot of snowfall throughout the afternoon, which unfortunately for me as a beginner, meant that visibility was quite poor, and I had to retire for the day. We all finished up by half past three, and set off back down the mountain. I must say, it’s a bit terrifying being bound to the side of a mountain in full-blown snowfall. I felt like one of those mountain goats in North America.
By seven o’clock this evening, we reached our next destination: Wanaka. What a cool town! We’ve just gotten back from dinner at the best little Mexican joint. I can hardly move from the sheer weight of the nachos I consumed.
My last observation for the day is accommodation-focused: I am so, so thoroughly impressed by the standard of ‘flashpackers’ accommodation we have been based at. I always assumed that budget or hostel properties were old, dirty and packed with people. I opted for a private room on tour, and I am blown away by the quality of each spot. In two of the three rooms so far, we have had a private bathroom, our bed has always been comfortable, wifi has always been accessible, and the location of each property is really central and convenient. It’s definitely changed the mental stigma around hostels that I had developed, and I’m interested in utilizing them as an accommodation option more in the future!
The next stop for me today is bed. It’s been a huge few days of learning, and I need to get some sleep before a big day at Cardrona tomorrow! This week is going so quickly, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to come along and check out the action.
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