Walking tracks with a view of Wakatipu Basin
Walking tracks with a view of Wakatipu Basin

For the past week the team has been on our final camp for the season at Cardrona. We were very fortunate that the mountain was closed off for the public as our race team and a whole crew of Parkies descended upon the mountain. This is the first time I've been on a mountain that's been completely closed off to the public! The crew up there did a brilliant job and despite the terrible weather forecast we actually had some amazing training! We began with a solid day of GS, then a day that weather caused to be cancelled, followed by another fantastic day of GS. Although with the heat, the course did deteriorate quicker than we would have liked. I'm solidifying more of my technique throughout roughly 90% of the course. Because of the unexpectedly good weather, we ended up training SG/DH for three days! It was so good to do some speed with the terrain at Cardrona. I don't often get a chance for speed so it was a really good opportunity as I definitely became so much more comfortable with the speed and jumps etc. Sadly, I had to make the trek back up to Canterbury on Sunday so missed the last two days of slalom training. However, I am thankful we were able to get 5 solid days in before I had to leave. It was great to get one last bout of skiing in before the mountains finally shut for the summer and Cardrona proved to be a good place for this camp.

View from top of Cardrona at our final ski camp
View from top of Cardrona at our final ski camp

Overall this has been a huge season for me and I feel I have improved far more than I imagined I would! Now I just need to put down two good runs in a race! But there will be plenty of opportunities for that in the Northern Hemisphere season. Especially seeing as I will have finished school so can finally stay in Europe right through till April!Although I don't have a set NH program yet, it is beginning to look a lot more promising. Anyway, it's going to be an amazing chance to really make some huge improvements.

As far as heading back to school is concerned, it is mildly terrifying that I only have 16 more days of classes left and finish all my exams on the 25th of November... After 13 years of a routine year it will all be coming to an end. I've been so fortunate to attend some amazing schools that have coped well with my ever changing schedules. I'm so excited for what the future holds but am also sad for all the familiar faces I'll miss.  But for now it's all study and catching up on all the work I've missed over the last term... I'm drowning in waves of end of unit tests, internals, study, leavers commitments and the looming external exams! Not long now though and school will be over and I'll be heading off to Europe...  8-O

Wakatipu Basin
Wakatipu Basin