Queenstown is known by many people as the Adventure Capital of the World, and with good reason. There are a hundred different adrenaline fueled activities to keep thrill seekers happy. Countless different bungy jumps, jet boating, the Luge and paragliding to name but a few.
Even when living in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (Wellington) you have to have a break some time, and what better place to go in winter than Queenstown!? This trip was for a different type of adrenaline rush though. This was to learn how to snowboard!
Having heard so much about the awesome Nomads Queenstown, we were not disappointed when we arrived there. The place was buzzing with excited snow junkies. We hired ourselves a Jucy car to give ourselves some freedom and went and hired our boards and jackets as soon as we could.
Although hailing from Europe and absolutely loving snow, I've never actually been skiing or snowboarding before so thought it wise to book a lesson too. I chose the snowboard as I have some control over a surfboard and lets face it, snow boarders are so much cooler than skiers aren't they?!
The first day we headed up to the Remarkables. The drive up there was a little harrowing but we arrived at the top safely, albeit feeling a little car sick (which could also have been due to the night partying at The Find in Queenstown the day before!). There we met our instructor Isaac who proceeded to teach us the basics of how to stand up and turn. It was a lot more exhausting than it looks and after a few hours we'd definitely earned ourselves a bite to eat in the cafe that had remarkable views of...the Remarkables.
The Remarkables were great and we had such a fun day, but we heard that Cardrona was better for beginners so we decided to head there the next day. Cardrona is halfway between Queenstown and the equally beautiful Wanaka. Another hairy drive up the mountain was worth it for the stunning views that greeted us. We spent a full day on the slopes perfecting our newly acquired skills. There was a great fun atmosphere up there too.
Cardrona was definitely my favorite of the two ski fields we went to. Not only does it have beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes it also has a massive half pipe, ramps and jumps where the more experienced of us showed off their awesome skills. I'll be like that one day. For now, I have the speed, I just lack the ability to stop in style.
The slopes in Queenstown certainly lived up to all my expectations. Whatever skill level you have for skiing or snowboarding you'll find a slope that's perfect for you and Queenstown and the surrounding area is so beautiful that if you need a break from the snow you can enjoy the stunning scenery!