Photo Credit to Luke Diezmann
“…Do you wanna build a snowman?”
Operation Ski Trip successful. Don’t tell anyone, but I recently escaped my honours project for a week to go to Queenstown for some fully hectic extreme skiing.
Just kidding. My version of skiing for the first few days was less upright and more like horizontal stationary skiing. Following in the footsteps of Jon Snow, I knew nothing.
In fact, my third trip on the chairlift at Coronet Peak was a bit of a whoopsie. To set the scene: Skiing involves strapping two long, flat sticks to your feet and using them to slide down a snow-covered mountain. Early skiing pioneers realised that climbing up the mountain was lame, so they devised the chairlift. To embark from the modern chairlift, a conveyor belt slides you into position so the chairlift does not have to stop to pick you up. This is where my troubles began. I did not get on the conveyor belt fast enough. Now imagine, in slow motion, the following events playing out. Myself and a fellow USQ student Tayla are on the conveyor belt. Our troubles began when we realised we were a few meters behind the rest of the team. A local New Zealander notices, and quippes “I wunder what’s guing to happn nuxt”. The chair swings around the bend and knocks me over. I knock Tayla over. I get sucked under the chairlift, skiis flying all over the place. The long line of onlookers waiting for the chairlift admire the spectacle, wishing they had their gopro’s turned on. The staff member in charge of the chairlift realises that we aren’t going to recover without his assistance, and he reluctantly turns off the chairlift, and begins to pull us out from underneath the chair. We awkwardly get up, put our skiis back on under the heavy stares. #embarrassing #sillysausage
It wasn’t all bad times on the chairlift, though. A few days into the trip I’m back on the chairlift striking up a conversation with a fellow traveller.
“So where are you from?” I begin the conversation with.
“Me too! I’m from Toowoomba”
“…Me too, I study at USQ”
“No way, I study Biomedicine” I hesitantly responded. Damn, I thought I had escaped Toowoomba.
“I study Nursing… Hey wait a minute. Take off your Ski goggles for a sec.” Well, this conversation is either going to take an interesting or a creepy turn, I thought. My inner voice said YOLO. I took off the goggles.
“Yeah I remember you from an O-week orientation session. It was Steph, right?” And he was right. Small world.
Other than Skiing adventures, we also had plenty of time to explore the glorious Queenstown.
For those who might be keen to come along on a future ski trip, it included the following at a student-friendly group price:
- Return Airfares from Brisbane Airport to Queenstown (direct), including 23kg luggage & air taxes
- Chartered coach for all Brisbane International Airport transfers to and from USQ Residential Colleges, Toowoomba Campus
- 7 nights accommodation @ Base Backpackers, in the heart of Queenstown
- Breakfast daily
- 4 dinners at various famous restaurants and eateries around Queenstown
- 4 Day ski pass (2x days @ Coronet Peak, 2 x days @ Remarkables)
- 4 day bus mountain transfers
- 1 Day Activity Pass (includes the shot over jet boat ride, Skyline Gondola, hot buffet lunch & 1 Luge Ride)
- 4 days of Ski, boots & poles/or snow board & boots hire
- 4 Days of jacket and pants hire
- Ski Trip merchandise – personalised ski jacket to use on the trip!
Let me know if you have any questions about Ski trip!