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