Day 81 – Queenstown, New Zealand

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Winter in June. I’ve been looking forward to snowboarding since I started my trip back in April, mostly because I wanted to be able to say that I went snowboarding in June! How cool! Anyways, I knew Queenstown was going to be the perfect place for it. While everyone else was busy jumping off of stuff, I decided to have a try on the slopes.

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I should preface by saying that the last time I boarded was about fifteen years ago in Lake Tahoe, and that was also the first time. I thought I would opt out of the lessons and give it a go on my own. Apparently I forgot how terrifying snowboarding was because I was so focused on how I was going to jump off the ski lift.

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Amy and I both booked a day trip to Cardrona and we shuffled our way up the beginner slope for our first go. On my first run down the hill, I started to pick up speed before crashing down at the bottom. Even Amy exclaimed, “Wow, you were going really fast.” My immediate response was, “That’s because I forgot how to stop.” The thing with snowboarding is that you have to lean back onto your heels to slow down your momentum, which 9 times out of 10 usually results in me falling on my butt … literally.

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I spent the rest of the day going over skills that I had watched on Youtube the night before and started to get comfortable on the board again. It is definitely way harder and more terrifying than I remembered. At the end of the day, I didn’t quite conquer the mountain BUT I did have fun and that’s the most important thing, right?

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