CHILL FEATURE: THE 2017 SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.
Here's the first write up from Chillers Oliver Hunt and Ben Hume. Ollie Hunt is back writing fortnightly blogs for another year, with a new companion, having lost Nick Pascoe to realms of employment (congratulations on the new gig at BVT!) Here is their first piece:
Ollie: Still at university and now studying a masters, I’m stoked to be documenting my Licence to Chill season through another blog series. Joining me this year is another University of Canterbury student, Ben Hume (the intern). Like Nick, Ben has emigrated from Alexandra to the Ilam asylum in search of a Mechanical Engineering degree, he’s currently in second year.
While I stayed in New Zealand and completed my professional work requirements, got in numerous laps of the Christchurch Adventure park (RIP) and explored South Island Mountain biking, Ben visited Nick in Utah and experienced the epic powder it had to offer. This video is a recap of that, and includes Ben losing one ski during the qualifiers for the 2016 North Face Frontier.
A brief summary of how many crashes Ben had over summer.
Ben: Having never skied outside of NZ, my summers up until last were spent working on the cherry orchards of Central Otago. Dreaming of that northern white gold and saving every penny possible to put towards passes, petrol and maybe even that elusive plane ticket when October robs me of my weekend fun. But somehow every spring I would find that same hole in the bottom of my wallet. Insert Uncle “Studylink” and his good mate “Course Related Costs”, just like that I was on a plane to Utah.
What ensued over the next 2 weeks was was a blur of face shots, fake ID’s, monster trucks, pre-laid skin tracks and a whole lotta “I really want to go to New Zealand” or “Sorry could you say that again?” from the locals. The following are some pictorial highlights of the experience.
Ollie: Snow has been late to settle this year, so we did not have the opportunity tour hamilton peak over Queen’s Birthday Weekend like Nick and I did last year, but the forecasts are looking up.
Forecasts for this week are showing a high likelihood of decent snow before the weekend, so keep in mind the first of the Chill fields are set to open next week.