Invercargill skier on a mission

01:19, Jul 24 2013
Dafydd Williams
Skier Dafydd Williams at Treble Cone after his 47-run day.

A Invercargill skier on a mission managed 47 runs at Treble Cone ski field in one day, the equivalent of more than 23 kilometres in vertical metres.

Dafydd Williams, 39, originally from Wales, clocked an average eight or nine minutes per run in Home Basin during a day on the mountain earlier this month.

The Southern Institute of Technology mature student was in Wanaka with the college and bought a two-day pass.

He learned to ski on a dry slope in Wales, then in Austria about 20 years ago and was almost first on the lift up Home Basin.

To manage 47 runs in one day he didn't stop for lunch but snacked on energy bars when he was peckish.

''I was probably on the third chair and probably the last to leave and I didn't stop. If I know I'm going to have a big day I cook myself a massive cooked breakfast.

''I was racing myself because last time I went up there I clocked 41 runs.''

Williams' run of 23,250 vertical metres places him at the top of the Treble Cone Max Vert challenge leader board.

At the end of the season he could win a season pass or two five-day passes for next winter, a day's heli-skiing and a skydive.


The Southland Times