Snow - with pictures!

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4:25am my alarm went off yesterday morning.  After only managing four hours sleep - urghh!

Got ready and went and picked up Steve, then went to Nat and Andrew's to swap cars.  Got away at 5:15 from their place.  Arrived at 6:35 at Cooma where we went and hired our gear.  It was really cheap - $38 for my skis/boots/poles, minus a 10% discount that Steve could get us.  Although the boots were a bit loose around my feet and really really tight around my legs (my legs still hurt from the pressure!).  Dropped into The Scottish Restaurant to pick up some takeaway brekkie but had to wait about fifteen minutes in the queue :/  Got away from there at 7:30.

Coming into Jindabyne.
Lake Jindabyne
Arrived in Jindabyne at 8:10 where we got our lift passes.  Then headed up the mountain.  We were going to Perisher and it was cheaper to pay the park entrance ($27 for the car) than four lots of $27 for the ski tube.  But the cost of that was an incredibly slow drive up the mountain.  We couldn't get Nat and Andrew into the morning lessons, but that was probably a good thing, as we wouldn't have made it in time.  As it was, we made the 9:34 Ski Tube up to Blue Cow.

Nat and me on the Ski Tube

So we get out of the train and the whole place is just white.  Snow white.  Air white.  Couldn't really see a thing.  On a lighter note at least the snow was really good!  Just couldn't see it!

We went to the really flat bit just above Blue Cow and tried to teach Andrew the snow plough :)  Did a bit of going up and down around there, then had a couple of goes on the early starter slope.  So for Steve and me it was a pretty easy morning.  Had a slightly early lunch then Nat and Andrew went off for lessons.

We had a couple of goes on Pleasant Valley - which I normally hoon down, but there was so little contrast I was going really hesitantly.  

Pleasant Valley lift
Pleasant Valley lift

Then we had a go at Roller Coaster, which for some reason I've never been on before.  This run was under the cloud line and has an amazingly pretty view.  I was pretty hesitant the first go, but later on we came back to it and I went a bit faster.  The top bit really is like a roller coaster - very cool.

View on Roller Coaster

Did the Ridge Quad to do Zali's a couple of times and the Summit Quad to do Side Saddle.

Steve on the Ridge Quad
Steve on the lift

View on the Ridge Quad
Ridge Quad

Ridge Quad
Heading for the clouds on the Ridge Quad
Ridge Quad
At 3pm we met up with Nat and Andrew who had finished their lessons and had a few small runs with them on Early Starter.  They'd improved enormously with their lesson.  Then we left them to have a couple of runs by themselves with the plan for them to catch the Ski Tube down to Perisher and we'd ski across.  

So we did Pleasant Valley, Copperhead Road (I'd forgotten now long that run is!) and up Pretty Valley lift.  Took me ages to find my way across to the top of Front Valley cause I'd basically forgotten where I was from last time.  Eventually found it though.  Had a couple of runs on Front Valley before finally heading back to the car just after 5pm.

Front Valley
Made our way back to Cooma to return our ski gear and pick up some Maccas for dinner.  And home about quarter to nine.

Had a lot of fun.  Fell over a few times, the most frustrating on Zali's cause it was quite steep and the snow was really slippery, so took ages to get myself up again.  Steve was very patient with me though, waiting at the bottom of each run for me :)  Pretty crap conditions, but really good snow quality.  Aching quite a bit from the traversing.  

And I'm doing it all again this Saturday.  I must be insane! ;)

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