The 10 FIS Golden Rules for Conduct
International Ski Federation recommend 10 basic rules to keep the snow pleasure at its best.
1. Respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding
A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.
3. Choice of route
A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
5. Entering, starting and moving upwards
A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes that he can do so without endangering himself or others.
6. Stopping on the piste
Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
7. Climbing and descending on foot
A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.
8. Respect for signs and markings
A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.
At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.
Be safe and have a great ski/snow session!
DRIVE THE SCENIC HAAST PASS
From Wanaka, we were heading to the west coast, so we followed State Highway 6
across the Clutha River at Albert Town and onto Lake Hawea Hydro Dam, 10kms from Wanaka. This lake is vivid blue because of the depth of the water - 410 metres.
The road then follows the shore of Lake Hawea to the Neck, a narrow strip of land separating Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Stop along the way at the viewing point for views of Silver Island and some interpretation panels.
The lake beds of Hawea and Wanaka were gouged out by the Hawea and Wanaka Glaciers. The strip of land known as the Neck, was where a branch of the Hawea Glacier joined the Wanaka Glacier.
The road drops to lake level before rising over the Neck, and then follows the shores of Lake Wanaka.
Leaving the head of Lake Wanaka, the road then runs through an open valley to Makarora before entering Mount Aspiring National Park.
The Haast Pass is the lowest crossing over the Main Divide (563 metres above sea level) and is a scenic route.
Years ago, in the 1800's,a gold prospector called Charles Cameron is considered to be the first to find the pass and buried his flask there as proof. Close behind him came Julius von Haast who named the pass after himself and claimed to be the first pakeha to have travelled through it, but the discovery of Cameron's flask discredited this claim.
The road is sealed, and there is plenty of beauty to see along the way. Located at the Pass itself, (563 metres above sea level), a memorial marks the summit of the pass and acknowledges the dedication of those who built the road.
There are nice waterfalls, places for those wanting to stop, have a rest, or just to enjoy at Picnic lunch. These are Boiler flat, where an old boiler is rusting away, Davis Flat & Pleasant Flat.
The Alpine Fault line is 4ks east of the township of Haast the road, we didn't see it, maybe you will!
There is an admission fee of $7 to enter the Illusion Room. This room is the only one in the world which is created by Stuart Landsborough and Derek Ball.
Once payment is made, you will receive a chop on your hand.
You will come across a hall where the Hall of Following Faces is. As you walk around you can see all 168 pairs of eyes are looking at you and the lights are dimmed. You get a errrie feeling as if you are watched by many people.
Next you enter into the hall of holograms. If you look in a certain angle, the hologram may pop right into your face. The clown has about 7 differnt poses as you look at different angle.
At the Ames Forced Perspective Room room, 2 person enter the room from 2 different door. One person will seem very tall while the other seem very small. This illusion technique is used to flim Lord of the Rings.
When you exit the room, there will be a video playback few minutes later. It will be interesting to watch the playback. We were wondering why we are not allowed to cross certain boundaries in the room and we found the answer to it.
Transport & Toy Museum
This interesting Museum has a number of rare and unusual aircraft, cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles and tractors, as well as automobiles. It is also jammed full of toys, more than 25,000 in fact. Come & visit, you will be amazed.
Wanaka is only 30 minutes driving from Queenstown. This was our destination before Queenstown. We started driving at 12 from Fox and reach wanaka at around 4pm. You know you reach Wanaka when you see the two twin Lake in front of you: Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka. There are 2 township: Hawea and Wanaka. Wanaka is the bigger one. We wanted to sky dive on our next day but the weather forecast showed there was going to be a storm - we should've stayed 2 nights instead of 1 night only. This is a small town but I love the atmosphere. Feel so cozy and relaxing - it's nice getaway if you feel that Quenstown is too touristy.