Sunday, September 24, 2006


hi y'all, I'm off to boom a feature for 5 weeks. I"ll post any cool stories.


Monday, September 11, 2006

day off + ski days 4 and 5

after the little snow on friday, we decided to take the saturday as a rest day, and NOT ski...

most people would think we're stupid, but it turned out to be a great decision, as the skies were REALLY cloudy, there was a brisk wind, and no NEW snow *(that we hadn't already skied on).

so day off = drive around, look at things, head off to the HANMER SPRINGS natural hot pools to rest these poor little leg muscles.

on the way back, stopped in to see a movie in Christchurch. LADY IN THE WATER (not bad)

day 4 = clear skies, so taking lots of photos, one sequence of me hitting a little Rock-Drop.

day 5 = clear skies - moving into FOG, lots of FOG... Found my edges in the morning on the freshly groomed - VERY FAST.

and now it's done.

no more skiing for a little while.

I'm now thinking Central Canada (rocky mountains) sometime soon.



Friday, September 08, 2006

Thursday, September 07, 2006

the 1st 3-days

started off with the whole airport thing...
Picked up a mascot (skip), listened to music and slept on the plane.

Arrived in christchurch, picked up the rental car, drove to the cathedral square, took some photos, then hit the road for Methven.

Next morning, up early to collect my buddy's skis etc, then drive the rocky-road up the mountain.

I haven't skied in 3 years - Leon more than 8, so we took it fairly easy on the beginner runs for the morning (whilst the snow was more like ice).

after a "reasonably priced" burger and cookie, we hit the rest of the mountain's softening snow (I hesitate to call it slush, as it's still relatively dry)

the rest of the day was simply amazing, trying to get my legs back, and remembering all the little things I used to be able to do.

totally wrecked.

Nice Dinner at the lodge.


Ski day 2
up a little later, feeling the legs getting stiff.
not as good as the previous day - take a longer lunch.

Conditions improved, as did my skiing - I ditched the poles and focused on re-gaining control of my edges.


this brings you up to date.

see ya


Sunday, September 03, 2006

New Zealand - here I come : )

I'm going skiing - yay!

from 5th september untill 12th September 2006

Mt Hutt - South Island New Zealand

Staying at SKI TIME LODGE METHVEN (contact details are on their web-site)

If anyone NEEDS to contact me over this period, please email me at ian@thompsound,com - or contact Ski Time and leave a message. I will not be able to receive messages on my mobile-phone in Australia, untill I return.

well, that's it - the snow is Still pumping from what I hear, expect a few photos upon my return.

see ya