Wednesday 8th - Monday 13th September 2004 - Snowboarding in Queenstown
We spent the last couple of days in Queenstown - the winter playground of the New Zealanders. Queentstown offers two very nice skiing areas its immediate surrounding and our Ski Express Gold pass gave us entry to both of them…
Of course, we didn’t come here to do skiing - snowboarding was the plan. Learning how to snowboard is quite exhausting I have to confess. On the last day every single bone in my body was hurting. With our ski pass we had accommodation in town, unlimited bus transfer and unlimited group lessons. I really needed those group lessons to find out about the basics. However, on the third day I just wanted to quit, because I felt so miserable and bombed one hole after the next into the ski slope. However, on the 4th day everything went great. The beginner slopes got too easy and we slowly went uphill to the more difficult ones - all the way to slopes which are marked “black” and which are the most difficult ones. I really enjoyed snowboarding in Queenstown and although I’ve never really been a winter person, I will probably go snowboarding again next winter, on which hemisphere that may be.

View from the Remarkables

View from Coronet Peak

This bar is called "Minus 5". For the little admission price of 25$ one gets to spent about 30 minutes amongst ice figures, enjoying cocktails out of ice glasses. It's a really cool place to go to in Queenstown.

After the Minus 5 we needed to warm up again and we did that in another bar.

Me on a snowboard

Shortly after this picture we had to return our rental gear. The six days of snowbaording are already over. I enjoyed it very much. It was absolutely great. Greetings to all whom we've met in Queenstown and on the slopes. Cheers.