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Snowboarding on Mt. Hotham

Written By: Tuen - Sep• 02•10

In early July, ourselves, Chongs and Chias went up to stay for 4 nights at Dinner Plain. We went up in 5 cars altogether , because ourselves and the Chongs needed two cars per family. We had no shortage of drivers of course, as all our older kids can drive now; so the 4 plus hour journey was quite pleasant. Melissa’s boyfriend and Jie’s girlfriend came along as well.

This was the first time we were driving in a snow resort in a 4 wheel drive, and what a convenience it proved to be. The Chias and my son’s cars were not 4x4s and they had to stop and put on snow chains; which was pretty time consuming and inconvenient.

Anyway the 3 families stayed in 3 different houses but we got together each evening for a combined dinner, which was cooked separately by the wives and then brought together for the combined meal. We had a really great time together. We even managed to squeeze in a mahjong session, thanks to Henry, who was capable enough to dismantle his mahjong table and bring it along, sans the legs, which gave us a bit of problem in trying to find a place to set it up, but we managed.  Henry, bring the legs in future!

The kids went snow boarding this time, like the last time we were up at Mt. Hotham.  It seems snow boarding is the in thing for kids now. Well, the three older, ‘sub-prime boys’ were deciding whether or not we should stick to skiing or try snow boarding as well.  Thanks to some funny ideas from Tony, who later deeply regretted it, we decided that we should try snow boarding whilst we still could, and sort of tick the ‘bucket list’ on that item.

And so we hired our snow boards and joined a beginner snow boarder’s class, much to the amusement of everyone around us.

Well it turned out to be an interesting experience, although we could hardly stay upright on the snowboard. I shan’t mention who was the worst amongst us, but it wasn’t me and it wasn’t Henry.  :)

I was really impressed with how fast the kids picked up snowboarding, especially the younger ones like Louie and Raph. Little Ren didn’t try snowboarding of course, but he did go tobogganing.

Co-incidentally, Frank and his gang were also on Mt. Hotham around the same time, and Mary and I had an opportunity to catch up with them on one of the late afternoons.

The one disappointing thing was the poor snow cover and not cold enough temperatures. It was a far cry from the last time we where there, when it was almost blizzard like at times. This time around, I was almost convinced it was summer.

But it was still a great holiday, and I’m looking forward to our next holiday together!

Some photos can be found here.

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