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Changing Times at Coronet Peak: From a cosy ski club to costly commercialism, and having to make their own snow

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July 4, 2020

In this post I talk about a visit to Coronet Peak, which started out as a club field in 1947 but is now commercial. I also talk about the old days when skiing was a way to get around and not yet a sport, and how it seems that back then the snow lay on Coronet Peak all year round. These days it's melting away, and the field has to use the largest collection of snow-making machines in the Southern Hemisphere. The cost of which is, no doubt, included in the inflated price of today's ski passes!

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June 27, 2020

Russian Splendour Renewed: A Heritage Tour of Moscow and St Petersburg

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June 20, 2020

The Peninsula of the Dawn: Te Atatū and its living mudflats

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June 13, 2020

Amazing Arrowtown: New Zealand's Colonial Time Capsule

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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