Arrived in Methven after taking the red eye to Christchurch from Perth. Eyes definitely red. Stood in rain, waiting for bus. Arrived Methven at 4pm. Went to bed at 6pm!
Beautiful day for skiing – blue skies, lots of snow. First day of NZ school hols. Bummer. Met Nigel, Andrew and Mark at the bus. Nigel, Andrew and Mark are all married and in their late 50’s. Interesting characters.
When I went to pick up my ski gear, I had to firstly go to a computer terminal and enter in my shoe size, age, weight, ski preference and ability etc and all this information was transferred to my ski pass card. I thought to myself that this is going to save a lot of mucking around. Wrong! I then had to go and pick up my boots where the girl scanned my card and then asked me all those questions again. I asked her why she needed that information as I had just entered it in the card and she told me that it doesn’t come up on her screen. I had to be asked all the questions again at the second counter to pick up my skis. It is much easier to enter your weight into a computer than to say it out loud to a good-looking, 25 year old ski bum.
Met Nigel again on the slopes and skied with him for most of the morning. Ran into him again just before I left for the bus back to the hotel.
After a hot shower, went to the bar and saw Andrew and Nigel. At least I thought it was Andrew and Nigel. Got drink and boldly sat beside the two men, asking them how their day went. After a few minutes of conversation, realised I didn’t know either of them. Damn those skiing goggles!
Falls = 2.
Magic day again. Had first ski lesson. Was second best skier in group. Two other people in group and one was useless.
Discovered Mark is only 41. Now wondering about Andrew and Nigel.
Falls = 0
Good weather in morning but windy and cold in afternoon. Have developed head cold. Soldiering on with drugs and trying to kill the bug with mulled wine. Not successful yet but will keep trying.
Today’s ski instructor was also the bus driver. Should stick to buses.
Falls = 2 (second fall whilst standing still in lesson but managed to keep number two ranking regardless – third guy still useless.)
Another beautiful day on the slopes!
New people in lesson. Group of three again and I’m still the second best in the group. Made a capital expenditure and invested in my own boots. No discount for cash.
Head cold still persisting. Have increased dosage of mulled wine to kill bug.
Falls = 1 ( whilst in line for the lift.)
Last day skiing and yet another cloudless, beautiful day. New boots caused my ankles to burn so have to get used to them. No lesson today as it was really busy on the slopes.
Head cold is almost gone. Will knock it on the head tonight at the sake bar in town with Sarah and Tim.
Falls = 0 (must be the new boots.)
Spent the day reading Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy before getting the shuttle back to Christchurch. My next book to read will be of a slightly different nature – World War Z by Max Brooks and yes, Z stands for zombie!
Bye New Zealand!