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Past the halfway point already..

Past the halfway point already..

Alwin Bakker   September 08 2017  
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Past the halfway point already..
Things are going well at the van life front! Time flies when you’re having fun, more than half the season is already history, which means it’s time to start looking ahead.

Shortly after my last blog I landed myself a job in Whistler, super stoked to be working at my first choice resort in Canada next winter! Whistler Blackcomb is the world’s biggest snowsports school in a resort which is one of the leaders in the industry. The process was relatively quick and smooth, although having an interview at 5.30am still isn’t the most enjoyable thing, but you gotta do what you gotta do!

But even more than the place itself, I’m stoked about seeing a new place and the taste of a totally new experience! After many seasons in Austria and my 4th here in New Zealand things start to be “normal”, so time to break the routine.

I’m also very excited about a season with (hopefully) tons of snow, since this season isn’t the best so far, for us around the southern lakes it’s actually poor. A few hours drive up north, near Mt. Hutt they’ve had heaps of snow, but with that also heaps of closed days not being able to handle all the snow.

Although after a few years things feel normal here now, there’re still a lot of untouched and unseen places around. On the way exploring more than the traditional snow fields I went to Ohau, a tiny hill halfway between Queenstown and Christchurch. Knowing the weather wasn’t gonna be amazing, the day was sweet as! This was also Nelly’s first “big” trip, and she passed her exam with excellence!

First impression in the morning, after arriving in Ohau’s tiny “canteen”, we bumped into somebody very famous. Ted Ligety was sitting and waiting at one of the tables, he turned out to be a very nice guy. Funny, how one of the world’s prime ski athletes comes to a tiny ski field for his training runs. To put things in perspective; Ohau has one lift, a 2-man chairlift...

Those (very) small snow fields around New Zealand, called club fields, are the charming side of things here I guess. Some of those places are characterized by a special type lift called a “nut-cracker”.. which can be as horrible as it sounds.. I’d like to see more of this, and now with a house on wheels it’s definitely easier than before, but I haven’t done it enough..

I promise it won’t be so long again till the next episode!

Thanks for reading, cya!

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