After the jet boat ride, we took a short walk to the bus for Coronet Peak to experience some snow. Two extra layers including two pairs of socks was the order of the day as we started our incline towards the peak. After ten minutes we were greeted with some spectacular views back towards the city, with the beautiful rolling hills giving way to expansive rocky mountains. Amazingly the weather was extremely mild with sun blaring down illuminating the view.
One more corner and the snow field was upon us, with countless snow-capped peaks as far as the eye could see. The seat belts could not come off fast enough as the young crowd sprinted to the icy slopes, hurling snow balls almost immediately. After some negotiation, we found ourselves a relatively empty slope and began our sliding, snow ball fights and snowman building. The boys also created a tobogganing game of their own which did not involve any extra equipment.
Stefano Ottavio started us off, with a blow up pool ring as his toboggan. Stefano slid down the slope at quite a rapid clip, struggling to halt in time, narrowly missing the conspicuous, yet apparently conveniently placed medical building. Rules were applied to avoid an inevitable collision with the building. Sliders were only allowed to climb the mountain so far, to avoid reaching a terminal velocity. This did inhibit any boys hitting any immovable objects or flying off the side of the mountain. And so after hours of snowballs, snow forts and cold feet, we made our way into the restaurant for some well earned sustenance.
With many of the boys experiencing the snow for the first time, this aspect of the tour will be fondly remembered. We eventually made our way back down from Coronet Peak and spent some time at a park near our lodgings. After a mammoth game of bullrush the group made our way home to freshen up before dinner.