Having arrived in New Zealand at the end of June we left
the longest day of the year in Scotland (those balmy warm
nights when it gets dark about 10:30 at night) to arrive at
the shortest daylight hours. While this meant that we had
to struggle for a while it also meant that we were back in
the middle of ski season (if there was any snow).
Being based in Christchurch there are lots of ski fields
within a relatively short drive. The pics below offer up some
potted highlights so far.
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Mount Lyford ski field is about a 2
hour drive from Christchurch (click here for a map).
It is a commercial field with 3 pomas and a rope tow.
ski field - August 24, 2003 - >
Mount Lyford skifield - looking over the inland Kaikoura mountain range.. - >
a rare moment of semi control at Mount Lyford - >
Heading out west from Christchurch, the Arthur's Pass
road heads to the west coast. On the way there are a
number of skifields in and around the Southern Alps
here for a map). Assorted photos from the skifields
here are below.
the top of the Broken River skifield looking over the
Southern Alps toward the south west.. - >
who is a much better skiier than I going along the ridge
at the top of Broken River - >
Young Vivienne just about to head down the slopes at Broken River - >
skifield looking west over Arthur's Pass .. - >
around the arete at the back of Temple Basin - >
Rachel and heading back from Temple basin - >
One of the World's most dangerous dunnies? Temple Basin