Lochie Win (7), of Pisa Moorings, is visiting all ski slopes in the country to raise money for the Cancer Society. His inspiration is his mum, Rebecca, who is now in remission from a rare form of the disease. His dad, Luke, reports.
After our last update, I was sitting in the Lodge at Hanmer Springs Ski Area and getting ready to pack up and head down the hill when the crew said “hold up you guys, you need to stay the night”and what a night it was.
We were off the next morning, heading for Castle Hill to start ticking off the club fields on the Craigieburn Range.
Our first was Craigieburn Valley Ski Club.
This mountain is massive. The adventure to get to the base day lodge on the mountain was full-on ropes to get you up the slopes and you then need a harness. It’s a real cool way to go skiing.
We arrived to the top tow and it was steep, the snow was deep and fast, and we soon realised this area for skiing is not for the faint-hearted. You need to be on your game.
We ended the day at the lodge accommodation in the native bush speechless. The views and the people once again make it what it is.
From there the plan was to ski Mt Olympus over the back of the Craigieburn range.
We arrived to another warm welcome. It was a big day ahead as the club had its annual curling day at the top of the mountain. Lochie had a go and loved it.
We skied until the end of the day in an area that is like the Lord of the Rings
We headed for the ute down the mountain, but before we could leave we met some of the lifetime members and hearing stories of how it once was in the early years on this mountain made for an enjoyable moment.
From there it was back to the caravan for Lochie to see his mum who had made the trip up to visit. He was over the moon to see her weeks since she last visited.
Next we headed for Broken River, just along the range from Castle Hill. This was a place Lochie has been wanting to get to for one reason ride you go on to get up the mountain.
We set out to ski the whole mountain and here we were at the very top of what’s known in the ski world as a black run that’s very steep.
We were just taking in the view and right above our heads came a glider flying past know you’re up high when one of those flies past to the point you could almost touch it.
The day came to an end and it was time to head for the lodge as we were staying the night.
The next morning, Cam from Mt Cheeseman called to say a storm was on its way and “you boys should come and stay up at the lodge here on the mountain”.
So here I sit, writing this week’s column.
and I have been up at the break of dawn for a live interview with The AM Show then out helping clear snow from all the paths along with many snowball wars.
Now we are waiting until we can get out to ski this mountain with fresh snow.
Somehow I think we are going to make some more awesome memories.
Even better, Lochie has just passed the total funds he raised last year of $11,000.
If I could say one thing to each of you as you sit and read this, set yourself an adventure to get out and visit New Zealand because along the way on this trip on and off the snow it’s the people all over New Zealand that have made this adventure magical.
To donate to Lochie and the Cancer Society head to givealittle.co.nz/cause/lochies-south-to-north-adventure-skiing