“… And it looks like these storm cycles are set to continue on a weekly basis for the rest of August, ”grumbles the hard-working Kiwi farmer on TVNZ news. The 2008 season is different. Storms are burying Canterbury and the farmers are not happy. Meanwhile, skiers across the South Island load up their cars, come up with more and more elaborate excuses for their bosses, and make the pilgrimage north towards Arthurs Pass.Hearing that another low pressure system is rolling in, I roll the dice. Next thing I know, I am driving French skier Nicolas Cruz north to Canterbury. With no real plan, we take the gamble and drive, hoping that a club field trip may finally pay off.”

More “Words And Photos By Camilla Stoddart on Nicolas Cruz” on the latest issue of “NZ SKIER”, at your local skishop or grocery store, down under though.