Well, we made it! Four flights and five airports later the team arrived into Ushuaia at 8.30 am this morning. We had a great trip and the guys made the most of the long airport transits.
The Auckland Airport board room provided a very productive venue for some final prep en route. At Santiago we did some “team building” and sampled the local speciality – a Pisco Sour that had plenty of kick. It was great for the whole team to mix and socialise in Santiago having put in the hard yards in Auckland the day before. As manager it has been very enjoyable to see the different groups working together and discussing potential initiatives over a beer or two – it really brings home the value of Interski to our organisation.
We arrived in Buenos Aires to a beautiful sunset. After a quick bite at a local pizzeria we managed a few hours of sleep before boarding the plan at 4 am for Ushuaia.
We’ve settled into our hotel, Los Naranjos, and had a good look round the town. There is a real buzz about the place with Interski. Ushuaia has a population of 80,000 and is a substantial port town with a military base thrown in for good measure. Add to that a winter resort and you have a very eclectic town. The centre been upgraded significantly since the Interski General Assembly in 2013 and looks great. The guys have spent the remainder of the day planning their clinic and lecture attendance to ensure we cover all the other countries we need too.
Tomorrow things start in earnest with our first day at the Cerro Castor Ski Resort. The resort is a 25km bus ride from Ushuaia. Day one will provide a dress rehearsal on the demo hill and an opportunity to plan out the on snow presentations to ensure we make best use of terrain. The day will finish with the opening Ceremony and our first demo run in which ski, board and tele will take part.
We plan to bring you a couple of blog articles each day along with daily updates to the photo album on our Facebook page. We’ll also upload some videos throughout the week as internet speed allows – things are a little slower over here!