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Hot property: $42k for a snow apartment

Posted by on 2:52 pm in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, United States, World | 2 comments

snow apartment

It’s on snow. It’s a minute walk to a ski run. It’s only one bedroom but set-up to sleep six people. It has two bathrooms. It looks neat and tidy.

It’s up for sale at $A42,000.

So what’s the catch?

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Could this solve the snow-commodation problem?

Posted by on 4:56 pm in Australia | 1 comment

sleep capsule

Sleeping pods have long been the rage in Japan, where accommodation, particularly of the affordable variety in Tokyo, can be at a premium. With The Capsule Hotel just opened up in Sydney and one getting constructed in Whistler, would this be a good solution to some of Australia’s snow-commodation problems?

We’ve all been there.

A cracking weekend in the middle of August and it’s just dropped a couple of feet midweek.

You frantically hit the computer to look for an available place. Computer says no.

No on snow, no 30km up the road. No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Things are so desperate you would probably sleep in a room little bigger than a single bed that looks like something from the Alien franchise. I know I would. And perhaps one day you may be able to …

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How young is too young to ride?

Posted by on 4:03 pm in Australia | 2 comments

Indy

How young is too young when it comes to skiing or snowboarding?

It is a question I’ve been mulling over on and off for a while.

Then I saw this 14-month old on social media on the weekend and it really made me think.

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All the dumb things I’ve done at the snow

Posted by on 5:40 pm in Australia | 0 comments

Dumb and dumber

With the opening weekend of the ski season upon us (well, for the slow coaches catching up to Mt Buller and Perisher anyway) I figured it was time for a rewrite of the Alpine Responsibility Code.

I’m sure you’re well familiar with the ARC sign at your ski school or perhaps the individual ‘rules’ stuck to lift stanchions that you summarily ignore as you ride to the top of the mountain.

Well, this ain’t it.

After 20-odd years in this industry I have done a life time worth of stupid and I simply don’t won’t you to repeat my dumb errors. Don’t judge me, just thank me. Ok, maybe judge me too.

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The Snow Gauge – winter of giveaways!

Posted by on 4:22 pm in Australia | 0 comments

winter giveaway

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Here at The Snow Gauge we know the way to your heart is with quality news articles and breaking stories in the snow industry.

But let’s face it, we all like some free stuff from time to time as well!

Following last year’s 12 weeks of winter giveaways we are doing it all again in 2017, starting this Friday, June 9. Read on if you’d like to know what you can win and how …

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Is Charlotte Pass next in Vail’s sights?

Posted by on 5:59 pm in Australia | 5 comments

Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass: Photo Charlotte Pass Facebook/Didj Mick Hopkins

It was a small gesture but an undeniably important one.

By Perisher opening Front Valley a week early, it’s the resort saying we’re on our toes and ready to move as the conditions dictate.

It’s another positive move by Perisher and comes amidst suggestions that Vail Resorts wants in at Charlotte Pass.

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The future of Perisher: Vail CEO interview

Posted by on 2:16 pm in Australia | 12 comments

Perisher

The Snow Gauge went one-on-one with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and asked the tough questions about Perisher developments, expansion plans and just what can be done about expensive lessons.

Key points from the chat:

  • Much hinges on a government report on Perisher that is slated to be handed down in October
  • Village and key developments at Perisher could still be a decade away
  • There’ll be no superpipe in Perisher
  • Concedes more needs to be done with lesson pricing
  • A Japanese resort is in the Epic Pass crosshairs

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Cox and James share Aussie snow award

Posted by on 11:11 pm in Australia, Competition | 0 comments

Britt Cox and Scotty James

Scotty James and Britt Cox – shared winners at Australian Skiing and Snowboarding’s night of nights. Pic: OWIA

In the end Australia’s two best winter athletes just couldn’t be separated.

So it seemed only fitting that moguls skier Britt Cox and halfpipe snowboarder Scotty James shared the Australian Snowsports Athlete of the Year Award.

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Epic Pass doubles lockout dates

Posted by on 12:24 pm in Australia, Canada, United States | 2 comments

Obama was surprised to learn about the Epic lock-out dates until he realised he was A) American and B) Not short of a quid.

Ok, you are sure to know about Whistler being added to the Epic Australia Pass for 2017/18, another big winner for the Vail Resorts juggernaut.

But there’s another change that’s understandably been publicised a little less.

Last season there were 11 lockout dates; that is 11 days in which you couldn’t use the pass.

Now there are 21.

Enough to get you re-considering? Or do you think it is a justified trade off for getting Canada’s No.1 resort on the ticket (albeit for a combined 10 days with Vail)?

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Is Thredbo next in Aspen’s sights?

Posted by on 4:45 pm in Australia, United States | 1 comment

Thredbo and Aspen

Asbo? Thredpen? The mind boggles …

With the news that Aspen has just purchased Mammoth Mountain – hard on the heels of its Intrawest takeover – the question for the Australian market is this: could Thredbo be next in line?

In light of Vail’s purchase of Perisher in 2015 and the current state of the market, this is a deal that would make a lot of sense.

And guess what? Sources have told The Snow Gauge that Aspen CEO Mike Kaplan has been spending quite some time in Thredders. Coincidence?

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