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The final weeks 2013

Finally tracked down Chris whos been blasting around Australia and getting ready for his 1st winter teaching in Austria.

Here is his take on the last few weeks @ NZSIT for 2013

So we all started to realise as the level 2 examination drew nearer and exam preparations started that the course was sadly beginning to come to an end. Despite the exam being so close we still managed to fit in an overnighter up on the mountain at Mount Olympus. Some of us took that as an opportunity to explore the surrounding backcountry a bit more and go on a bit of an adventure. We got the probes, shovels and beacons out and took off on a few hikes, while the rest kicked back in the hot tub and got started on the wine. We were off powder hunting and we were not disappointed on the first 2 hikes, finding some great chutes and lovely spring corn. We thought we had called it a day, but after some persuasion the mountain manager agreed to let us do some night skiing if we got enough people together. Of course, who can turn down more skiing? That is what we were there to do.

Before we knew it, level 2 exam week had arrived, all of us had suddenly realised this was the climax of all our time here. The week flashed by, although it may have been an exam week, we still had so much fun with a bit of fresh snow falling mid week. The exam consisted of a few days practice skiing, receiving a bit more tuition from the examiners of what they were looking for, a practice teach and lot of skier analysis video watching. Most of us managed to pass our level 2 with a few sickening mishaps along the way.

We topped off our time in New Zealand with a last day shredding it at Mount Hutt, picking all the lines we had been eagerly looking at while doing wedge turns on the piste. We were so keen we didn't even have time for lunch. Jase and I along with another level 2 candidate ( a NZ ski racer ) spent our time skiing flat out on the offpiste chutes and faces of the Towers and South face. We got lap after lap of fresh corn and better still we were the only ones skiing it. We even got to have rides up from the bottom on a Hagland snow vehicle as the lift was closed. Bonus. 

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