Carv­ing up the in­door slopes

Julie Ann Po­mana finds Snow­planet in Auck­land is the per­fect place to ski all year round.

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Iwas in­trigued when a friend in­vited me to check out the Face­book page for Snow­planet – I had no idea Auck­land is home to New Zealand’s only year-round in­door snow re­sort. The tim­ing of this dis­cov­ery was spot on as my fam­ily was due for a week­end ad­ven­ture, and we had al­ready de­cided upon Auck­land.

My hus­band reg­u­larly vis­its Auck­land on busi­ness and of­ten sug­gested we segue busi­ness into plea­sure and ex­plore the city. It had been a few sea­sons since we had skied, and we had al­ways meant to take our now ten-year-old son, so a day at Snow­planet be­came the fo­cal point of our trip.

We had the con­ve­nience of a rental car, and it was an easy com­mute from down­town Auck­land to Sil­verdale.

I sur­prised our son, Liam, by book­ing a snow­board­ing First Timer’s pack­age for him and me, which in­cluded equip­ment hire and a 50-minute les­son. I have al­ways skied, but the op­por­tu­nity to learn to snow­board in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment was too good to miss.

Walk­ing in, I was blown away by the scale of the re­sort; so much snow and the fa­mil­iar sound of the plat­ters as they steadily trans­port peo­ple up the en­tic­ing 200 me­tre slope: It re­ally feels like step­ping into win­ter. The snow was in top con­di­tion – they make

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