Winter rolls around again..

Its my favourite time of the year once again!

The golden brown tussock covered hillsides are once again blanketed in white contrasted with huge schist outcrops. Months of being far far too hot are replaced with shivering cold nights in my little crib (thats a small holiday house for those who don’t speak the southland dialect!) and my days are spent staring off at distant peaks mindsurfing when I should probably be working!

But its been shaping up well for winter down here with two snow events bringing the white stuff down into Queenstown and the ski areas are looking to open with plenty of lifts and trails. That doesn’t really interest me and I’ve once again decided to forgo the lift pass and focus on riding mountains that are less often visited, usually ones with horrible long approaches!

Ive managed to get out a few times, just to the usual haunts but enough talk enjoy some photographs!!

 

Adam Fleming skinning for another quick lap in Outward Bound

Adam Fleming skinning for another quick lap in Outward Bound

Brad Markey on the "saddle" between Bowen peak and Ben Lomond.

Brad Markey on the “saddle” between Bowen peak and Ben Lomond.

Brad Markey on the summit of Bowen Peak

Brad Markey on the summit of Bowen Peak

Skin tracks and sunshine

Skin tracks and sunshine

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