We have friends who are very interested in building straw bale houses. To our surprise, we saw a few in Wanaka, very nice ones, and quite a few different designs. They were very popular, and you can stay in one too!
We had a look around, took photos, and found out about the company for them.
If you are interested in this type of building, then you may want to check the website.
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!
At the south end of the waterfront part of town, you can find a couple of auto loos (toilets). They are the kind that close up and clean themselves periodically through the day. So most always they will be clean and fresh. With pushbutton electric doors and locks, they take a second or two to work out but once done you find them very convenient. These ones are easily accessible with beachfront and nearby parking. Also a big park there for the kids to have a run, and plenty of eateries only a minute's walk away.
Fondest memory: These must be described as "The Loos with a View"!! I like the way they have been constructed from the local stone, making them look very fitting.
Flexion... planté du bâton... Extension... Inflection... Planted stick... Extension...
What a funny ski lesson from the french movie "Les Bronzés font du ski ".
But for your NZ ski lesson head to the local snow school...
How to move down the slope:
Try your first descend. In Turning, keep your Skis in an A shape with enough outward pressure to keep the Edge on digging into the Snow, keeping you from slipping away. Once you are facing down the fall-line, you can let go of the outward pressure. You should now be sliding down the fall-line.
Take your posture in mind: in the beginning you are best of using a stance often called the 'goalkeeper' posture. Keep your knees bent, your arms slightly outwards, and your body leaning forward a bit. This will keep your body in the ideal posture to flex and compensate sudden movements.
Try keeping a good A shape without your Skis crossing each other. If you feel you need to slow down or that you are losing control then push your heels outwards and crouch down some more. You feel that the Skis bite harder into the Snow slowing you down. Make a lot of these practice runs moving your way up and down the slope. You can use the toe lift on the bunny hill to practice longer descends without having to make your way up the whole time. In the beginning, your movements will probably be jerky. As your skills progress, try to make your movements as smooth as possible. Just like on the surface exercises, try to get as comfortable as possible with moving down slope in the A shape...