Winter wakeboarding from above

Cold is a funny thing. We work pretty hard to stay out of it but sometimes it creates the best adventures. It was early June and the season’s first snowfall had just hit the Canterbury high country. The boat slid off the trailer at Lake Lyndon and the fish-finder displayed...


For some, going backcountry skiing or snowboarding means hiking deep into the wilderness to make turns where no one else has been. To others, it’s riding an out-of-bounds slope at a ski resort. Regardless of whether you hike, snowmobile, cat-track, skin, ride a lift or take a helicopter to get...

Skiing or Snowboarding?

There was a time when this question would have evoked enough passion for fists to fly and people to be banned, but the fiery feud between skiers and snowboarders has somewhat ‘cooled’. Today, skiers and snowboarders share the slopes (to an extent), and so those heading up the mountain for...

Hayden Findlay: Wanaka Bound

At age 26, Hayden Findlay has done more than most. He has established his own Auckland business Eco Plumbing & Gas Ltd, which does mostly residential plumbing and gas-fitting but occasionally light commercial, and underfloor heating; and is now heading south. Still in transition to Wanaka, he says he is commuting...

Snow Time

Winter’s here and Grant Blair asks the question: skis or snowboards? Both snowboards and skis are great options so your choice of platform will come down largely to preference. It’s been said that skiing is the easier of the two to learn but the harder to master. Skiing with a...
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