This was a trip of ‘firsts’ for many; first time on a plane, first time seeing snow, first skiing or snowboarding experience, first time in New Zealand, the list goes on.
The flight into Queenstown is one to behold – beautiful snow-capped mountains, clear blue skies. Look out Queenstown! We collected our luggage and headed to Hurley’s of Queenstown (our new home for the week).
With the excitement of four days of skiing and snowboarding ahead of us, we settled quickly into our accommodation and headed into Queenstown to check it out.
Our first day of skiing brought perfect conditions; a spring day with beautiful blue skies and no wind. We awoke early, got into our ski gear and headed up to Coronet Peak for our first lesson.
Once we were all kitted up and ready to take on the mountain, we met with our ski instructors. We began each day like this – a lesson to start the day and learn some new skills, then some time in small groups to challenge our skills and practice the techniques taught in our lessons, over and over again.
Each evening we walked into Queenstown to be treated with a delicious, warm, hearty meal at some of Queenstown’s best restaurants.
Monday was our ‘rest day’, but there wasn’t much resting happening on this day! First we headed out to the incredibly exciting Shotover Jet Boat Ride, where we were able to experience some breathtaking views whilst narrowly squeezing through spectacular canyons. After that, we took a gondola trip up to Skyline Queenstown, where we had a couple of Luge Rides, experienced a Maori Cultural Kiwi Haka show and finished it all off with a buffet dinner at the Skyline Restaurant.
For the last two days of skiing, we hit The Remarkables and became more confident in our skiing and snowboarding skills. By the end of the fourth day of skiing, despite a few falls and tumbles on the snow, all were able to ski a green run competently.
All too quickly, the week was over. Luckily we have our photos and videos to help us to relive every moment of our fantastic trip to Queenstown.
Thank you to the students for making this trip a fantastic week away. To see the students look out for one another and encourage one another was wonderful for us as teachers.
We hope to see you out on the slopes again next year!