Saturday, August 12, 2006

A Holiday in the Snow

Perisher Blue
This year we had our first holiday at the snow. We went with our friends the Wisharts, and stayed in a guesthouse in Jindabyne. Early each morning we ate a full cooked breakfast (complete luxury) and then set out for Perisher. Fortunately Brent and Heather knew all about where to hire equipment, and where to go etc. It was quite an endurance feat to walk from the carpark to the ski slopes, and an even greater one to return to the car at the end of the day. Large amounts of chocolate was consumed during our time there to keep up our energy.
Thursday and Friday was spent skiing - the kids at ski school, and the adults doing their own thing. On Saturday we all went tabogganning instead, except for Brent who got several more runs in without us. He was feeling no pain, and can ski really well.

Mad Mooses in Jindabyne.

10 things Jenny learnt about skiing.
1. The best part of the day is removing your ski boots.
2. Children learn to ski very quickly.

The kids at ski school - Oliver, Lauren and Madeleine.

3. Andrew also learnt to ski with seemingly little effort.

4. 38 year old women who are not very fit, and do not like careering down a hill, don't.

5. Small children cry when they arrive in the carpark of the ski field, and as they leave it. Small children are asleep by the time the car is 200 meters down the road.

The taboggan slope.

6. It is very easy to spend $1000 on the first morning without even trying.

Oliver with his 'boggan'.

7. It is very pleasant sitting in a deck chair in the sun and watching everyone else ski.

Ben speeding past Maddy and Sarah.

8. You can get quite a nice tan whilst at the snow.
9. There is a wide range of fashion (and hairstyles), especially with snowboarders.
10. It is a fun thing to do with friends!

Sarah and Lauren adding the finishing touches to a snowman.

Thanks to our friends Doug & Belinda, Robynne & Al and Tim for the use of their clothing, goggles etc.


Bev & Grahame said...

13safiIt looked a lot of fun!
I wish that we could have been there (dad doesn't)

Justin said...

"Looks fantastic" he says, enviously sweltering in NYC heat.

Anonymous said...

Love the pics, and the 10 things... hehehe...
philly x

Heather and Brent said...

Well, I knew you'd get up your pictures way before me. I did enjoy your 10 wots-it things about skiing - very funny and true. It really isn't a very glamourous sport until you've got your own boots, and can get down the mountain without falling face first every 10 metres. Still have the dints in my shins from those ski boots!

We loved going there with you guys!

Love you Heath xx

michael jensen said...

Yeah, looks... um COLD! I can't say Oxford is sweltering right now.

Just grey...

Nairobi Paul said...

Your post brought back a lot of good memories for me. We're from Colorado & love to go skiing as a family. Needless to say, we have not been able to indulge that love during our tenure in Kenya.

Thanks for the great post!

Megs said...

Jen i am so relieved to hear that i'm not the only person in the world who can't suavely wind down a ski-slope ... My first and only time was a few years ago, and there were more bruised bits of me than non-bruised bits! Hope you are feeling 100% recovered from the aches and bumps soon!! Guess what? COCO IS POTTY TRAINED! And I am an Irish Citizen! Can't wait to see you at Rachel's wedding!!!!!!! Change of plan for me - we shall be going up to port as soon as we can after arriving in sydney on the 3rd!!!!! and what a lovely reason to be changing plans!! love to you and all your family, from me and all of ours!!!!