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Ski & Snow - - View From The Inside - by Amy and Lyn­don Shee­han Lyn­don - old school hand-plant on side of main kicker.

It’s sev­en­teen de­grees out and hu­mid­ity clings to our skin, the prospect of early au­tumn rain is highly likely… We’ve made it to the bright lights, multi cul­tural, big smoke of Auck­land, pass­ing high-heels, brief cases and busi­ness suits… with skis on our backs, Amy and Lyn­don are ready to go Ski­ing! Who would have thought, amidst lush green fields speck­led with sheep (only in New Zealand) lay our en­ter­tain­ment for the next few days?

Amy and Lyn­don hit the Snow­planet… A place where sun­glasses and sun-block sim­ply don’t ap­ply. A place where as far as the eye can see - a roof and one, two, three, four walls are your bound­aries. A place with some­thing you’ll never find in the mid­dle of sum­mer – snow, yes snow, the best kind you’d ever imag­ine find­ing in be­tween sea­sons and a place where jib­ber’s dreams are catered for… This place is the Snow­planet, sit­u­ated in Auck­land and easy to find even if you’re a coun­try kid in a rental car, but su­per con­ve­nient to any­one who knows their way round the big city! One peak through the view­ing win­dow and we were more than ready to swap our board­ies and flip flops for the jib­ber’s ne­ces­si­ties. You don’t need ski passes at this place, just lit­tle yel­low discs and once we fi­nally mas­tered this plas­tic de­vice we were off into the gi­ant re­frig­er­a­tor. No chair­lifts, so back to the poma. It didn’t take long to sort out the Snow­planet steeze. From one glance we noted that there is a lot of tal­ent un­der the one roof, freestyle ski­ing is very tight

in this place and held to­gether by Dan­ger­ous Dave (Dave Turner), watch out he’s dan­ger­ous, try­ing 9’s over 10ft jumps – what more can we say … WOW! With all the groms (wee peo­ple) fol­low­ing in be­hind chuck­ing sweet 3’s and 5’s and greas­ing all the jibs. Get­ting to know the crew of about twenty mid­gets was cool, all su­per keen and a bunch of fun to hang­out with. The high­light of our trip was be­ing in­vited to join the tight crew of the Snow­planet, you know who you are! An­other good thing that just so hap­pened to be on dur­ing our visit was the “V” Slopestyle Comp. A sweet lit­tle set up held once a month at the planet and a great op­por­tu­nity for the kids to push them­selves and learn how to com­pete in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. Snow­planet is an awe­some play­ground and with win­ter now fully set in down here in Wanaka, it’s time to get ‘em all down for a play out­side. Snow­Park is hav­ing a HUGE sea­son and it would be a great ex­pe­ri­ence for the groms to hit the out­doors! Liv­ing con­sis­tently in the out­side world, it was hard to fathom go­ing inside to ski. Af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Snow­planet we think it’s safe to say that the view from the inside is not bad – not bad at all! A place where sun­screen sim­ply doesn’t ap­ply, A place home to the best lit­tle jib­bers in the North …

To the crew that runs this great place, we want to thank you for all your gen­eros­ity in hav­ing us… big thumbs up Snow­planet. To Dave and his crew: come down to our place – Snow­park’s wait­ing for you!

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