We finally managed to get up to the Whakapapa ski field to get some skiing and boarding. It has been a season of lots of snow (4 metres). Unfortunately there has been too much snow the last few weeks and the roads have been closed and the ski fields closed due to high avalanche risk. This weekend was the first with a great forecast and our friend Kathryn organised us accommodation in one of the mountain lodges.
The weather was spectacular and the three volcanoes looked quite different this year with so much more snow. The only problem was that everyone had looked at the forecast - so we spent a little bit of time waiting in lift queues. We usually got a few runs in between 8:30 and 10am before the crowds arrived. It wasn't too bad and sometimes it is nice to get a bit of a rest between runs!
After the first run of the weekend - Aaron pretty much picked up where he had left off last yearand definitely started to get a much better flow to his boarding. There is a movie below of him carving up the slopes!
Kathryn and Aaron
Lots of snow on Ngarahoe and Tongariro in the distance
Aaron carving up the empty slopes in the morning