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week 4

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So what has happened during week number four for the NZSIT group I hear you ask...?
HEAPS is the answer!
This week we've managed to squeeze in two days at two different club fields, we've all had a go at pretending to be ski instructors, done some more work on our personal skiing, and just for a change we practiced our wedge tuurrrnnnsss!!
So on the Monday we headed over to Broken River to have a play in the snow. Brilliant place to have some fun, practice our mogul skiing and try out the crazy nut crackers. Luckily everyone survived the day without any finger or nut cracking. Though I wouldn't say it would be many people's first choice of transport up the mountain. Broken River seems to have a great atmosphere. The staff there are really friendly and the mountain lodge is one cosy place to have a game of pool and munch down a toastie.
Towards the end of the week we popped over to Craigieburn Valley to make the most of the fresh snowfall. Despite some grunts and groans at the poor visibility and having to get the nut crackers back out, once the skies cleared and we got back into the swing of the lifts we all had a pretty good day. Found some really nice runs to get to grips with short turns and some excellent places to have some decent sized crashes. I'm not sure anyone came away from Craigieburn without some sort of bump or bruise.
Probably the most significant element of this week for the group was the chance to put on our own ski school jackets, our own name badges and instruct our own ski school lesson. We all got paired up and sent out on our own. Nerve wracking for some, exciting for others, but I think we would all agree that it was a fun and exhausting experience that we can learn from. I for one have learnt that instructing on skis is like no other type of instructing. Plonk a load of Kiwi kids in some skis, on a slippery surface and it definitely puts your group management skills to the test!
So after a jam packed week, most of us are having a pretty lazy weekend. Maybe wax the skis, do a bit of washing, watch a film, chill out. Making sure we are rebooted for Monday up the mountain and heading towards the level 1 exam. Not long to go now. The countdown begins!

Ellie Day X (one of the blonde girls)

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