Saturday was our second second wedding anniversary. Since we didn't do much for our first second wedding anniversary (except move into the new house), we decided to head up to Ruapehu again. We had planned to leave early on Friday so that we could get a few runs in before the lifts closed, but unfortunately we weren't able to get away as early as we wanted. We did get to see a pretty amazing sunset though.
Ruapehu just after sunset.
Saturday the weather wasn't great and the mountain was ridiculously busy. The snow was a bit softer than last time, which combined with sharpened edges on my board made turning much easier. I was finally starting to get the hang of things by the end of the day.
Sunday we got up early, hoping to get a few runs in before the masses showed up. We were on the lift before 8:00am. The weather had cleared up considerably and there were only a few people there. Helen was back on her skis (which also got a sharpen) after boarding yesterday. We had a great time. There were no lift queues and we had probably done as many runs by 10:00am as we did the whole day yesterday. We stopped for a break and some hot chocolate.
It got a little busier after 10:00am, but the place was still pretty empty. We heard that the forecast was not very good, which may have kept people away. Also, the All Blacks (NZ rugby team) played their first match of the World Cup the night before. People may have stayed upto watch that and were just slow to get going.
We kept going until about 1:00pm when we finally ran out of energy. Plus, we still had a 4.5 hour drive back to Wellington and Helen was leaving for her cruise the next day.