Cool run­nings

Mother-and-daugh­ter take ski­ing from one ex­treme to an­other across the Tas­man, writes Sarah Blake.

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - New Zealand -

UNSNAPPING my skis, I point my boots to­wards the top of a nearby peak where I’m as­sured I will find the view of a life­time.

It’s just a 150m climb but that’s a long way for snowweary legs and, de­spite my guide’s urg­ing, I silently doubt the trek will be worth it.

We have spent the morn­ing on the slopes of aptly named The Re­mark­ables on New Zealand’s South Is­land, our last day of ski­ing in an ac­tion­packed week spent ex­plor­ing the re­gion.

As we reach the sum­mit we are greeted by an­other beau­ti­ful view of sparkling lakes, lush pas­ture, soar­ing moun­tains with snow-capped spears and a bril­liant blue sky.

It shouldn’t be a sur­prise. From the mo­ment our plane be­gan its de­scent to­wards Queen­stown air­port, be­neath the peaks of its sur­round­ing moun­tain range, we have been struck by the beauty of this part of the world.

One rea­son for our visit is to shift our skill level from in­ter­me­di­ate. We have cho­sen to come in the late shoul­der sea­son, so it’s T-shirt ski­ing some days but with enough snow cover to sat­isfy picky alpine lovers.

While my fo­cus is the slopes, for my un­flap­pable dare­devil teen it’s all about find­ing the big­gest buzz. In New Zealand’s Queen­stown and Wanaka re­gion we find what we’re af­ter.

As a determined re­specter of grav­ity, I didn’t for a mo­ment think I’d take the AJ

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