Results tagged “Skiing” from Kazza the Blank One
This time I really did! But more on that later.
So it all started at drinks on Thursday night. Steve and Simon asked if I wanted to go to the snow on the weekend. I said sure, so long as my planned upgrade on Friday arvo went ok.
Well Friday arvo came along and my upgrade went badly. Really badly. Beg for help from *real* comms guys to help fix badly. But the worst part was knowing that Steve was waiting for me. I tried and tried and tried to get them to go without me, but they wouldn't so I just got more and more stressed. It was an awful awful night. Then I was so flustered I forgot the cable for my GPS, and I thought I'd left the Android at work, when turns out I'd actually left it at home. So I pretty much lost it. Fortunately the sweetie found the Android and was able to hack portals to keep my Sojourner badge going. Phew. But the GPS not being chargable really sucked. It did the whole first day and til about 10:30 the second. Sadmaking.
I was so stressed I couldn't eat anything on the way down Friday night, so I didn't actually have any dinner. I think I would have thrown it up if I'd tried. (and a very meat-heavy lunch certainly didn't help). Woke up about 1am hungry, but got through it.
We stayed at a guy from work's place. $30/night for an apartment in Jindabyne. Pretty awesome value. And I woke up naturally both mornings - much better than being woken up at 4am and being a zombie most of the morning.
So onto the snow.
It was very warm, and the snow was quite slushy in the morning, and even worse in the afternoon.
Day one we started at Front Valley, headed over to Mount P for a couple of runs, then I left the boys and did Pleasant Valley, then Guthega, then back to Blue Cow for lunch. After lunch we did Roller Coaster, up Ridge, Excelerator, then by myself again Summit, back across to Pleasant Valley, Copperhead Road, Pretty Valley, Interceptor, then back to Telemark and done for the day.
Olympic from Mount P
Riding the Mount P triple
Main ranges from near the top of Mount P
Riding the Pleasant Valley quad
Main ranges from Guthega
Milk and pie. Don't even talk to me about how much sodium is in that thing.
Day two we started at Smiggins, headed across via Interceptor to Roller Coaster, then I left the boys and went down to Guthega, back to Blue Cow, Pleasant Valley (the GPS conked out at this point), over to Mount P, back up and down the Quad Express. At this point I thought I'd aim for the top of Telemark to go down that way back to Smiggins (from Mid station), but I must have taken a wrong turn somehow I got stuck somewhere I really didn't want to be - possibly in Wine Glass. I got part way down and there was pretty much nowhere to go. I had to take my skis off to get down. Which really mucked around with my confidence. I trudged back to Smiggins and collapsed in the cafe for lunch. After three quarters of an hour I felt better again so did some runs in Smiggins while waiting for the boys to get back. Was there for well over an hour an a half waiting and doing the same few runs. Whoops.
I told you several times this view never gets old for me
Happy Valley from Mount P
A bit after three I found a nice spot under a tree to sit and watch the world go by. And I built a snowman. Only a little one. But kinda cute.
Taking a photo on my phone and the battery gave out and it turned off. hrmm no way to contact the boys. So cleared some space on random camera (it was full) and got some photos on it. Then headed down to see if I could find electricity, or at least wait at the bar. Turns out the boys had just gotten there, so that was good timing.
Went back to the apartment to tidy up and pack up, then came home.
Took ages to sort out the GPS tracks. I did fifty runs according to the Perisher dashboard. Day one I covered fifty five kilometres up and down. Day two nineteen kilometres before the battery died.
Fun times. But my everything hurts.
So I had "Do you wanna build a snow man?" in my head all day Saturday.
Yup, I went to the snow. But I didn't build a snowman. I was too busy skiing.
Steve picked me up at 5:10am but then we had to go back a bit cause Ray had forgotten his snowboard boots. Ski Co in Cooma was a bit crowded but got in and out fairly quickly since I had my paperwork from last time and said just get me the same stuff. But maccas was too busy so I didn't get the breakfast I was counting on. And I was starving. And you shouldn't talk to me when I have low blood sugar like that. Hmmmm.
I was almost too grumpy to take this photo of a fogbow.
But then we phoned through to Mountain Munchies in Jindabyne so I could order a big brekkie roll pickup. So that worked well. And it was it pretty good too.
Hacked a few portals while trying to get through the bottleneck that is the intersection of Barry Way and Kosciuszko Road. Still own them too, four days later.
So got to the snow around nineish. Dumped my beanie and both jumpers in the car - it was that hot even before I started for the day.
I had a fantastic day. Started at front valley then over to Blue Cow and did Pleasant Valley and Roller Coaster and Excelerator and the summit and then over to Guthega. Had the longest wait of the day at the bottom of the Blue Calf T Bar, so didn't go back there. But had a few great runs there, including a couple I'd never done before. Was heading up Blue Cow T Bar for another run when it broke down. Waited for a while there but then decided to give up on it and have lunch. Had a pie at the little kiosk they'd setup at the top of the Car Park Double. So then I was going to head to Freedom to get out, but the Blue Cow T opened up again so had another couple of runs there before heading all the way back to Perisher for Pretty Valley, Interceptor and Happy Valley. At 4pm I could have met up with Steve and Ray or had another couple of runs, but my knees were starting to really ache. I'm getting old!! So we had a couple of beers and they went down a treat :)
Definitely felt like I had a lot more confidence this trip which was good. Maybe I'll even tackle more runs on Mt P one day ..
Pleasant Valley - my favourite run
Me on the Pleasant Valley Quad
Moguls next to Excelerator
From the summit looking back to Blue Cow
From Blue Cow looking across to the summit
Dam at Guthega Pondage
This view of Mt Kosciuszko and the main ranges never gets old for me. Love it.
My phone battery pretty much died by lunch time so no piccies in the afternoon.
I also carted the GPS around, but I'd forgotten to charge it from after my last Sydney trip. So it started complaining of low battery at 1pm-ish. But it soldiered on and made it til almost 4pm, finally conking out half way up my last t-bar. I also realised I hadn't downloaded it from two Sydney trips. It can hold quite a lot of data in memory! Love that little thing.