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Flight hack: how to get cheap snow airfares

Posted by on 2:45 am in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, United States, World | 2 comments

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I spent some long hours toiling away on flight comparison site Skyscanner and came up with some very interesting information for those thinking about a northern hemisphere ski or snowboard trip this winter.

I’ll leave it for some other time to extol the virtues of various ski resorts across the globe or compare the prices of various accommodation or lift pass prices. Here, purely and simply, is the dirt on flying from Australia to the US, Canada, Japan or Europe – when to go, when to avoid and where to save a buck or two. Other points include:

– The sneaky time to get to the States (in school holidays)
– Why Europe actually represents awesome flight value
– How to save real money if you are prepared to stop off
– Some Japan hacks too.

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Big hair, big ambitions: meet Tonga’s would be Olympic skier

Posted by on 7:11 pm in Competition | 0 comments

Kasete Skeen

Kasete Skeen – wants to race at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

He smoked. He drank. He was 25kg overweight. He’s half-English. Skiing for Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics doesn’t seem like the logical next step for Kasete Skeen but the 34 year-old is going to give it a crack. 

If Kasete Naufahu Skeen realises his aim of becoming an Olympian don’t expect him to oil up and get around in a traditional Tongan waist garment like Rio 2016 compatriot and Internet sensation Pita Taufatofua.

It’s not that Skeen wouldn’t proudly represent the island nation of 105,000 people – more likely he’d just freeze his nipples off. This is, after all, South Korea in winter, where temperatures drop to -10 degrees Celsius.

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North America season outlook: why forecasters could be having a lend

Posted by on 11:08 pm in Canada, United States | 0 comments

Weather guessing

If you’re in North America or going there for the 2016/17 season, it’d be pretty normal right about now to be asking the question: which states are going to get the best snow?

As someone who travels from the southern hemisphere most years the question burns a little more for me right now than say someone from San Francisco, Salt Lake City or Squamish.

So, much like I did around this time last year I spoke to Joel Gratz – founding meteorologist and CEO of Open Snow, the premier powder forecasting site used by 1.5 million skiers and boarders in the US.

His answer threw me completely.

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The problem with Lindsey Vonn’s butt

Posted by on 1:02 pm in Competition, South America, United States | 3 comments

Lindsey Vonn

Nothing to see here folks – it’s all about the skiing, promise!

I could be the only heterosexual male in the free world to make this observation but I have an issue with Ms Vonn’s seemingly rock-hard, well-toned posterior. And I reckon any hardworking female athlete – in any sport – should too.

In case you missed it on Instagram yesterday, the greatest women’s skier of all time posted a short video of her doing single-leg step downs in Portillo, Chile.

So what?

Well, it was in the pool. Her costume was on the brief side. And as you may gather by the clip (linked later on so you can make your own call), the slow and deliberate movements as her barely-clad derriere rises from the water has some not-so-subtle sexual undertones that’d make Benny Hill proud.

So what?

Well, why does the winner of 76 World Cups and four overall titles – perhaps the most recognisable female athlete in the world next to Serena Williams and Simone Biles right now – feel the need to promote herself this way? And what message does this send to any other athlete of her gender?

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New Zealand: frustrating as all hell

Posted by on 4:34 pm in New Zealand | 9 comments

The Remarkables

Remarkable – just not open, that’s all. Pic: The Remarkables Facebook

If you ever needed a torchlight shone on the best and worst thing about skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand, mark September 8 down as Exhibit A.

Almost two feet of fresh snow. Superb mountains. A picture perfect place to base yourself in like Queenstown.

And the resort that is supposed to take you to heaven?

It’s closed.

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