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    When it's summer here...it's winter time and ski-time in the down under.

    The ski slopes in?

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    When it's summer here...it's winter time and ski-time in the down under.

    The ski slopes in New Zealand are nit far from the cities. Mount Hutt, recently opened, is only about 60 miles from Christchurch, largest city in New Zealand's south island. There are other welcome different. All kinds of room on that short highway drive to the ski resorts. And when you get there.....a nice sized crowd...but not too many. Just enough to make it fun.

    There's not much of anything else but snow on these slopes. The price would gladden a U.S. skier's pocketbook also. For four dollars you can ride the lifts all day.

    When you get to the top of Mt. Hutt...if you take time to look...you can see Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. But not many stop to view the scenery. The idea is to get as much skiing in as possible.... on a slope such as this. There are many such slopes in south and North Island...Treeless....none too crowded...and easy to get to.

    For those less vigorous types...there's a quick, easy way to the very top of the glaciers in a specially built ski planes. Then you can walk around where only the hardiest could get to before..take it all in...then hop back into the plane for that glorious flight over the southern hips and the comfort of your hotel.

    Another way of seeing glaciers...is to take an easy hike...a short distance from your hotel as this group, hiking into Franz Josef glacier. The hikes are guided by veteran mountain climbers, who know every nook and cranny of the huge frozen rivers that are so much a part of New Zealand's scenery.

    But there are no guides for the skier. When he goes up the face of Mt. Hutt, he's strictly on his own...and when he gets to the top... there's no other way down...but using the legs and the skis. But once you've succeeded... a;; you want to do is make the big run again---in the land where our summer time is their ski-time.

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