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Comment Share Posted on Friday July 6th at 9:47 a.m.

Fresh from my first European skiing experience I started 2012 excited as ever to get back to the weird and wonderful culture that is New Zealand clubbie skiing.

Porters opening day was a perfect kick off to the season and the beginning of my life style switch from being under university's study and exam thumb to days up skiing and nights in lodges with friends. Porters quickly filled up with a swarm of excited families and students all wanting a piece of the goods having had a pre season tease of snow in Christchurch.

T-3 was the spot, with bulk windblown powder and short queue's. After opening day it was back to Christchurch for my final exam then straight to Castle hill to get set for the 20cm of fresh at Porters on the Sunday. With new snow another day of excited hoots and laughing was had. A short hike up Allisons peak in the howling northwest wind had us looking down into crystal valley and the huge potential of the proposed Porters expansion. We then headed down the ridge and through the top of Bluff face where we found unexpectedly good snow with face shots for days.

After a chain of entertaining organisational emails we were ready for Mt Olympus opening weekend and on our way to Windwhistle, equipped with a spread of pies, hot curries and a strain of the flu (oh Henry). My expectations for the weekend were meet and well exceeded with a combination of good people and good snow. Guided by Simon Reeves I had my first taste of Mt Olympus's Little Alaska. After hiking up an already well stepped boot pack and picking our way around the ridge we had accessed untouched, unaffected, knee-deep snow. My run down Little Alaska and watching the rest of the crew come down enjoying their runs capped off an entertaining weekend.

It is fair to say I am well and truly stocked for the beginning of winter and the laugh a minute antics which come with the adventures skiing brings

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