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DIARY OF A SKI MUSTERESS

By Margaret Batty

 

Follow Margaret’s adventures as she learns to cross-country ski at Snow Farm NZ and aims for the Merino Muster finish line on August 31

MORE THAN A MEDAL

The expression ‘to earn a medal’ makes sense, this is a currency of sustained effort, sweat and risk. I was one of many skiers garlanded with a beautiful snowflake medal at the finish line of the [...]

LOVE-A-LOPPET

As the clock ticks down to the Merino Muster Loppet on 31 August, I look at the world of Loppet ski races, sharing why I love-a-Loppet, especially in New Zealand.   No excess weight required [...]

DOWNHILL ALL THE WAY?

Wanaka is buzzing, all three of our beautiful ski mountains have fresh snow. First, Snow Farm NZ, which is the only place in New Zealand where you can cross-country ski, plus our two neighbours [...]

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Oozing positive vibes, the cross-country ski instructors at Snow Farm NZ made me feel that anything is possible Three things I discovered during my first cross-country ski lesson at Snow Farm NZ [...]

GIVE IT A GO?

As Laura my Osteopath manipulated my frozen shoulder into worryingly odd angles, our diversionary chat turned to the ski season in Wanaka and the 25th international cross country ski race, the [...]

Follow ‘Diary of a Ski Musteress’ on Snow Farm NZ’s and Merino Muster’s websites, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media pages, plus Margaret’s Instagram page @BattyIdeas

A bit about me:
After 30 years of commuting, career and city life in crowded London and travelling to over 90 countries, I moved to wonderful Wanaka with Gary, to pause, breathe and reconnect with the
mountains – and my muscles…We’re totally smitten with New Zealand, immersing ourselves in all four seasons, biking, hiking, kayaking and skiing, for a precious year-off (an ‘OE’ in our fifties) before heading back to England, recharged. Attempting the Merino Muster is my nod to the famous Kiwi ‘give it a go’ attitude.