My job is amazing!!
Today, I got to go Snowmobiling for free! DAD AND DIANE, YOU HAVE TO GO!! It was a three hour tour all around the mountains surrounding Panorama which meant that we got some amazing, unique views! We started off with a little practice trail on the flat to get used to the machines and how to drive them before starting up an 18km trail along an unused mining track and up to this cute little hut they have at the summit, where we stopped for some photos, a hot drink and one of the best cookies I have ever had! We then got to have a bit of 'free play time' where we just did a few laps of a tea cup shaped bowl before heading back down to the bottom. Along the way there were heaps of photo stops and at one point we got offour snowmobiles and went for a short walk to see a huge frozen water fall (this one puts Ruapehu's to shame and apparently its only going to get bigger as the season goes on!). The track we walked along to see it is normally a huge river in the summer but it had completely frozen over too which was a crazy thought!
I was really glad to make it down without crashing my machine, as they are worth upwards of $10,000 each so crashing one of those would very possibly have been the end of my holiday! Not to worry though, I am a good driver! ;-) only bummer about snowmobiling was that I had to work afterwards, however it was crazy busy all day so the rest of the shift went really really quickly!
Not much else even remotely as exciting as snowmobiling has happened here since my last update, I had a really awesome night out with the girls (Aimee, Gemma and Billie) and Simon, at Billies house in Invermere on Friday. Billie cooked us curry and we ate and laughed and gossiped all night - I haven't had a girls night like that for a long time so it was really fun!
Gem Aims and I missed our last bus back up the hill so stayed the night in Invermere - we shared one of Billies flat mates (Mat)'s bed between all three of us while he slept on the couch! Surprsingly, I had a greatsleep, despite having next to no room!
Christmas is coming soon - its a weird, eerie feeling to be so far away from those I love at a time like this! But then at the same time, it doesn't feel like Christmas at all! I am working on my Christmas day from 9-130 and then 4-7 which is a bit lame but I think that Christmas Eve is going to feel more like Christmas becuase I am (hopefully) going to be skyping everyone from back home and it will be Christmas there!
It rained here last night for the first time since I arrived, which meant that it was really really icy up the mountain today - we had a million customers who were wanting refunds on their tickets because it was icy! Can you imagine if Ruapheu did that? They would have no money! I was talking to someone from New Zealand who skies at Ruapehu all the time and they said that it was pretty much the same as Ruapheu all the time so in my opinion these Canadian skiiers are just way too spoilt with their powder and they need to harden up! Plan is to go up tomorrow afternoon so hopefully it wont be too bad!
Love and hugs to all xx