Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Been to the snow

We've just come back from a week at Falls Creek skiing. Going up we got stuck on the road about 6km from Falls Creek because power lines dropped on the road in front and behind our car. We had to wait for 2 hrs. Luckily we had the portable DVD player to keep the kids entertained and Geoff had bought the paper, because we weren't supposed to leave the car. When we finally made it up the oversnow transport was chaos because everyone arrived at the same time. We'd planned to ski that afternoon but it was 5:00pm before we even got our lift tickets. We stayed at Huski apartments which were good. I could go down to the cafe each morning and get my latte whcih was nice. This is the view from our balcony taken on the one sunny afternoon we had.

After a bit of a shaky start our holiday was great - wild weather but that made for some great snow. We only lost one half day because the lifts went on wind hold. We had a blizzard one day and got 30cm over the day. Visibilty was pretty bad a lot of the time but I managed to only have one stack where I didn't see the slope drop away and ended up with one ski up and one ski down but no injuries and we had a lot of fun. We even went off into the powder in a couple of our lessons which was a different experience because the last few seasons the snow has been pretty thin on the ground. The kids had a ball. Hayley actually got a little bit cold this time - she usually complains that I put too many clothes on her. She was really happy by the end of the week she could parrallel all the way down Main Street (a blue run) which means she'll move up a level next time.

Sara had forgotten how to ski so she started in the first lebel again but progressed pretty quickly. She didn't do blue runs this year in her lessons but the last part of our home trail is a blue run and she came down with me. I was a bit nervous taking her the first time but she had no problems and just snowplowed straight down - my knees were feeling the strain from having to go so slow all the way down.

Ethan was very keen to ski but I think he preferred rolling around in the snow. Every time I saw him he would be falling over or putting his head down in the snow. He spent a couple of days in the ski school area then moved out to the beginners slope. He can stop and turn and ride the magic carpet lift but I think he found it a bit tough going in all the thick snow. He doesn't have enough weight behind him to push through it. I saw him quite often skiing and he'd come down off the lift, kick off his skis and walk off leaving them for the instrustor to collect. By the end of the week they finally got him carrying his own skis.

1 comment:

heather said...

Sounds fantastic! We've never seen the snow, but hope to one day... your kids did really well with the skiing! Heather (DID)