While skiing can be an expensive sport my family have always done it as cheaply as possible with second hand gear that is handed down through the generations (one pair of kids ski boots lasted over 25 years and were second hand to start with), shared ski suits (some that were even home made), gloves knitted by my Nan and shared goggles, packed lunches taken with us every day, early bird season passes where family members knew they had enough days off to make the most of them and passes as gifts for birthdays instead of other items.
As a family we have been lucky that my Nan, who taught us all to ski and skied until she was 85, brought a time share near both the mountain and on the shore of lake Taupo back in the 1980's. Ever since she has been entitled to 4 weeks per year and she normally books 2 weeks in winter and 2 weeks in trout fishing season (another family activity).
Now that my Nan is no longer skiing she books the 2 weeks in winter then leaves it to her grandchildren (who now all have children of their own who are learning to ski) to organise between themselves who is going to stay in the timeshare on what days .
|Nan in all her gear ready to get going|
|Hubby and I enjoying our day|
|Hubby snowboarding for only his second time|
|Check out the weather, magic.|
|Hubby looking after my youngest niece who was not sure about it all|
|My brother, his wife and their 3 girls|