The Castle Hill Basin, like most of the South Island, last week got slammed with snow! We awoke to about 15cm on Wednesday morning and by that afternoon there was about 80cm! It was as deep and fluffy as any pow pow I have seen in NZ before. I managed to get out for a few skins/skis. but running has been a real pain in the ass and impossible on the trails around here which are now covered in about a foot of nasty snow. I have been in the Port Hills running a little and yesterday finally got out for a decent ski tour. The week of training was pretty good, just 5 days training, an easy short run, a repeat session and then 12hrs over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 14hrs, 6000mD+ and a whopping 85km all up. Nice mix of running, skiing/skinning and plodding/hiking/slogging. As well as some quality family time and a little sledding.


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