My older sister Simone has done two snow seasons herself a few years back, and met these two who she became great friends with, they’ve all travelled around the world and rarely get to see each other but still keep in contact, so when my sister heard i was doing a snow season she hit up these two to first show me around Queenstown. Dane managed the retail store on the mountain at The Remarkables and Saskia also working for the mountain but down in town. Now that the season is over they’ve started jobs at a wilderness lodge along one of the most popular hiking tracks in NZ out in the middle of nowhere which is really cool. Such chilled out people to be around, we were always catching up over coffee or just to hang out, I’d love to spend more time with them next season when im back down south.
He pretty much lived at our house the whole of the ski season in Wanaka, so when he moved back to Queenstown its only natural that we crash on the couch of his amazing house on the hill with views overlooking the lakes.
During our two weeks in Queenstown we came to meet a group of awesome Swedes by the names of Malin, Therese, Felicia, Martin and Linda, they were touring through New Zealand in a Jucy campervan and were hanging out for a while. We got drunk with them lots, wandered around Queenstown, fed the ducks, had coffee with them on many occasions and one night we each had a big bottle of Scrumpy cider each and played drinking card games and chatted all night long. Such a rad group of friends that I hope we’ll run into again on our travels.
One afternoon Ryan, Ethan and I decided to take a short drive out of Queenstown to Coronet Peak, normally a snow covered mountain in winter had come to its final melt. Ryan drove his N/A Honda Integra but it wouldve been awesome to be in something better suited preferably Nissan, Toyota or Mazda.