Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Rollerskiing in New Zealand Sucks

Even if you never click pictures, you should click this one:


This post is for the five nordic skiers who read this in the summer.

We headed up another yet another insane road to Snow Farm today. Even though it's "winter" in the valleys of New Zealand, we finally found real winter here, up at 5000 feet. Six inches of fresh powder and not a tree to be seen -- we had no choice but to shred as much gnar as can possibly be shredded on nordic skis.

The only problem was that we had to earn our vertical on groomed trails. That's a problem? It is when you're accompanied by Ben Koons (probably heading to the Olympics for NZ this winter) and some Canadian Ski Team guys. First day on snow + too much pride = extreme soreness imminent.

Pictures never do it justice. This was a huge f-ing cornice, I swear.

Ben catches his skis in the powder, nearly lands the 360 anyway.

Sampling the local snow conditions.

Lots more to talk about once we stop doing stuff and driving a million k per day.

11 comments:

Mom 9/02/2009 7:41 AM  

One of five checking in, you did include your ma in the count, right? Love these photos, yeah, especially the first one. Didn't know Ben would be there.

Nat 9/02/2009 8:16 AM  

about time for a cross-country skiing post, jeez...awesome pictures, especially the first one...

Alex 9/02/2009 9:42 AM  

Jealous doesn't even begin to describe it.

rosey 9/02/2009 9:53 AM  

i suspect we will never see you or linnea in somerville again. it was nice hanging out with you before you discovered utopia.

velocb 9/02/2009 10:28 AM  

That's it we are ALL moving to NZ right now...must buy tickets....are there really more sheep than people or is that a rumor spread by haters?

Jess 9/02/2009 10:40 AM  

I was waiting for the Snow Farm post. So awesome!

Christopher Tassava 9/02/2009 12:03 PM  

Wow.

Cary 9/02/2009 2:31 PM  

Alex invited me to go hill-bounding this week in Waltham...and we all know that is just as awesome as Snow Farm. Damn dude, killer vacation. You are already one day on snow ahead of Luke.

Luke S 9/02/2009 3:12 PM  

Just wait till December...

megA 9/02/2009 3:52 PM  

HUP NZ????

Cosmo 9/13/2009 10:27 PM  

I refuse to believe Ben almost landed a 360 without breaking some piece of equipment.

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