New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance
The 2006 season has started early in NZ! They were expecting snow early and they got it! Here are a couple of pictures of Snow Farm in the South Island of New Zealand. Ok one of them isn’t! Its of the Bra fence! If you go to wanaka and travel towards Queenstown from Wanaka to go to Cardrona or Snow Farm/Snow Park you’ll see this fense. I just went on the snow farm website to see if they have any pics and I found the true story about it: The Cardrona Bra Fence true story. Its quite long and kinda tradition to leave a bra on the fence
Well we had our movement analysis exam yesterday and for some stupid reason I picked the movement I was worst at, DOH! … “broken at the waist” so the rider was hunched over anyway muddled my way through that but then he gave me the same thing for my teaching exam the day after and I fluffed it. My riding passed, my MA passed but my teaching failed… just. Anyway i’m off to remarkables (another mountain) to retake the teaching so fingers crossed we’ll see what happens! oh and we’ve just had some fresh snow so things are getting a bit better snow wise…
Just a quick update… its really hard… and I’m totally and utterly mentally and physically tired, because the exam is a week long you are concentrating non-stop throughout the week ANYWAY … just done some revision with mike for tommorow, we have our movement anaylsis test tommorow evening after a day of teaching freestyle to our examiner, the teaching is only a practise the actual lesson exam is on sunday! … more info later on… once i’ve stopped taking the “go faster caffine tablets”.
ok just a quick update to say my exams start tommorow! ARGH!! … and the “moon man” (a guy go predicts the weather from the moon in Wanaka) says its going to snow over the next couple of days! yupiee… ok I admit all other weather forcasts say its going to be hot with maybe some rain but I live in hope!
well off to bed so I am ready for the swimming pool… I mean slopes at TC…
wish me luck… I think I may need it!
Things are getting a bit dodgy, the mountain is suffering a quite a bit, main street (one of the main runs) is very earthy at the bottom with only a metre gap of snow to get down on. The mountain has been closed for 3 days in the past week and we’ve just been doing more MA and lessons ready for our exam next week. Good news tho its been confirmed that were doing the exam at Treble Cone and not another mountain and we also have 3 extra days training next week which will be good (I need it).
All the skiers passed there exams last week (except one person who didn’t make it, another dropped out before the exams started) so its been a bit of a party atmosphere… they are now starting to concentrate on their BASI exams.
The mountain was closed today so I took the chance to dive over to Queenstown to finish off my medical which I need to do to get my Ozzy visa. Thats been sent off so should get something soon.
Today we got asked to stand by the trainers we wanted to teach us and infact it was quite evenly spread. I choose fatty because he hadn’t trained me for quite a while and he is one of the NZ examiners which is always useful before the NZ level 1 exam anyway i’m off to sleep… up the mountain tommorow teaching some friends of Mikals.