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Ohau I Love to Ride

Friday, 24 August 2007 : Filed under: Otago E-Mail This Article

Ohau I Love to Ride
Lake Ohau from the top of Ohau ski field – Otago, New Zealand

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Comment by josh — August 24, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

Ohau ski field (pronounced oh how) is located on Lake Ohau about three hours north of Queenstown. It is a small, family owned ski field with one two seater chair lift and an extremely relaxed atmosphere. Their slogan is “Ohau I Love to Ride,” or “Ohau I Love to Ski” depending on your preference.

We had been talking about a trip to Ohau for some time, and set off in the van Wednesday morning. The drive was beautiful, as are most drives in this country, and we got to the ski field around noon. We were greeted with some chilled out reggae from the PA and a quiet ski field with parking for only about 50 cars.

All in all, we spent three days riding at Ohau and camping on the shores of the lake with three friends and their vans. It was a great break from the business of Queenstown and the packed slopes of Coronet and Remarkables. It was also good to be in the van again, and camping for free in beautiful places.

Comment by josh — August 24, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

Ohau Sunset
This is the view from one of our awesome camping spots at the foot of the mountain.

Comment by jeremi clark — August 25, 2007 @ 12:51 am

That is beautiful!

Comment by Peg Moore — August 25, 2007 @ 6:54 am

Only have a second. All I can say right now is WOW!!! You lucky! (Well, it’s not luck; you made it happen! Way to go! :-) ) XOXOX

Comment by josh — August 25, 2007 @ 2:24 pm

I thought so too.

Comment by Clara — August 26, 2007 @ 6:05 am

Lovely. Looks so refreshing.

Comment by Kriz — August 28, 2007 @ 3:24 am

Looks amazing! Looking closely at the ski lift on the right…it doesn’t seem like it was even that crowded. I’m sure camping was fun as well…was it cold?

Comment by Sheryl — August 29, 2007 @ 2:57 am

What a beautiful sight! New Zealand it just awesome. I am glad that you and Bethany are enjoying life down under.

Comment by josh — August 30, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

Amazingly it was warm camping. Pretty fun camping in the warm, and then driving up the mountain and riding in the snow. And you are right, hardly anyone was there which made it awesome.

Comment by dadman — September 5, 2007 @ 8:13 am

Looks great! Was there anyone else on the slopes but you and your friends?

Comment by josh — September 5, 2007 @ 10:25 am

Some, but not a lot.

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