Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all!!! It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming in 2012 on a beach in Kaikoura! How fast this year has gone, but how amazing it has been! I have only worked 5 months out of 2012, and Thomas has worked even less. But in that time, we have spent Christmas 2011 in Australia, finished work in New Zealand and embarked on our South Island road trip, ending up in New Plymouth for 3 weeks before heading to Tahiti and then driving across the USA for a whole month. We have lived in four different cities, been to four different countries, lived on floors, in sheds and have taken advantage of the hospitality of many people. Thomas and I both know how fortunate we are to be able to live our dreams and explore the world, while making new friends and family along the way. Here are a few photos to sum up 2012 :)

SCUBA diving in Cairns while spending Christmas 2011 in Australia with the Deverson/Clark family

New Years day in Kaikoura 2012

Amy on stage at the Buskers Festival in Christchurch,  January 2012
Nugget Point, while staying with Malcolm and Carolyn,  March 2012
Thomas surfing with Hector's dolphins at Porpoise Bay,  March 2012
Stop in Wanaka on our road trip,  March 2012

Top of Avalanche Peak in Arthur's Pass,  March 2012

Adventures around New Plymouth with Kent and Eryn,  April 2012

 A week in Auckland with Tom and Dorothy Deverson,  April 2012
Back to ChCh to visit Charlotte and Elliott (last time we saw Elliott he was only this big!!!) April 2012

Enjoying ourselves with 5 days in Tahiti,  April 2012

California, Big Sur,  April 2012

Grand Canyon National Park,  Thomas' 23rd Birthday,  May 9th 2012

Amy's 23rd Birthday in Connecticut,  June 13th 2012

Thomas and Amy at a Yankee Game in New York City

John and Kel came to visit us in Connecticut in July 2012

Moved to Colorado to work and snowboard at Beaver Creek Ski Resort,  October 2012

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

When the snow finally came

It had been a dry and unseasonably mild first few months in Avon. With record levels of lack of snow counting back to the existence of the Vail Valley Resorts, aswell on the back of the worst season ever of 2011-12, it was a grim and dreary outlook for the season. The mood about town was of worry and frustration of a potentially worse season than that of last year,  and with day after day of mild temps and sunshine there seemed to be no chance of precipitation on the horizon. All the resorts by this stage were open, but functioning only on man made snow and limited to one or two runs open. This blew down onto tourist numbers with the place just being dead, hotels basically empty and days where I might only send out a handful of rentals. On the back of last season, nobody was heading out here until the snow dramatically improved. And then .....

Its snowing
From skeptical outlooks all of a sudden we were being peltered by snow storm after snow storm. early december till christmas a deluge of snow was being accumulated on the mountains. Corrolating over to snowboarding this mean serious patients and restraint was needed as the fresh fluffy dusting of snow covered a bare rocky mountain surface below. But slowly over the weeks the ski patrol dropped the ropes openning access to the entire mountian and with each oppening a plethora of powder runs of unimaginable propertions were explored and exploited. Best thing yet is only december we still have months more snowboarding and skiing ahead of us.

Stoked for the powder!!!
 Only trouble now is its dried up again. After dealing with temperatures of unimaginable proportions, ranging from daily highs of -10 degrees C to lows of -30 C we were in temperature ranges too cold for snow. Three weeks straight we didn't even get near getting out of below zero temperatures. Now it finally warmed up and it feels like were in the tropics. It been getting to 1 or 2 degrees C around midday and only down to -8 C at night. But still, no snow is in sight!

Gore Range Mountains
But still its can't be a bad day when that is the view we get to look at during a mornings riding down the valley in Vail before heading off to work for the evening. Even if the snow was a bit icy that morning.