Wānaka Sun       

Chairlifts, and the coolest kid at Cardrona

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 30 Jul, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

I've been keeping a secret, and it's time I come clean. It's week five of my snowboarding adventure, and, up until last weekend, I hadn't made it off a chairlift on my own without falling over. I know, pretty embarrassing stuff. 

It's a vicious cycle because the more I panic, the more likely I am to fall over - and the more nervous I am that I'm going to fall over, the more I panic. I had almost sworn off chairlifts forever and resigned myself to the gondola, but now that I'm a Captain's girl (I think making it there and back two days in a row and only getting stuck in a pile of snow once qualifies me for that term), I need to sort this out.

Because, yes, I'm looking pretty good on the slopes these days. I'm feeling the flow, shredding the gnar - and all that snowboarding stuff. But when the chairlift arrives at the top and a crumpled heap gets in everybody's way, that crumpled heap loses a cool point or two. 

The only solution is to practice - and now I've publicly admitted my secret, I have no choice. So, if you see me up there heading for the gondola, call me out - and if you're unlucky enough to be on the chairlift with me, steer clear. 

I passed some pretty big milestones this weekend. Skyline - no falls; Captain's - no falls; even Whitestar - very slowly, but still, no falls. But by far the best thing I did all weekend was meet Cardrona A-lister Lochie Win, a six-year-old raising money for the Cancer Society by skiing at Cardrona for 40 days. 

He really is the coolest kid, and he even promised to come rescue me if he saw me fall. If you haven't already, please take a look at his fundraising page: https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/lochies-40-days-skiing-for-cardronas-40th-to-raise

View edition 985 of the Wānaka Sun here.




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