First day at the Remarkables! Finally on snow, it feels like it took forever. After looking for a job with no success, stressing about money, missing friends and family back home, a good snowboarding day was truly needed.
The road up to the ski field is dirt, rutted, steep as hell, and long. My van is rear wheel drive, has nearly bald tires on the back, and an undersized engine. Its not exactly a winter, mountain vehicle, but it makes it up the hill. I got up pretty late, around 11:30 am, but I knew there hadn’t been snow fall in a week, so no real reason to get up early.
There are only 3 lifts at Remarks! That’s it. NZ skiing is much different than other regions of the world. It’s small operations, but the terrain is big and rocky! Most of the steep shoots have to be accessed by foot, and lay above the lifts. This is perfect because most skiers/riders here won’t make the effort, keeping fresh tracks available for days after a snow. These pics where taken 2 days after the mountain opened, and that is all the tracks on the two big open steep bowls!
As I road down, looking at all the possible lines, I got filled with strong emotion, and it hit me again that this is why I am here. In that moment I was as close to true happiness. Then frustration set is as I remembered that I haven’t ridden seriously in 6 years, and my legs and body weren’t acting the way they where suppose to….but that is another story.
I think this is going to be a fun season! Hopefully I can stretch my money to cover it.