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Fun snow app wants to get serious and save lives

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018

The Snoww app has combined with the Apple Watch to provide some neat features for snow users – but it’s the future possibilities with the technology that are most exciting.

Anyone with an Epic Pass (I’m told there are a few out there) would probably be pretty familiar with the dashboard and its ability to track your ski and snowboard day.

It does things like register your lift rides, vertical ridden and can subtly remind you of that mysterious gap you had in the middle of the afternoon where you were sinking schooners at the Guthega Pub.

But there’s a bunch of apps out there that are taking this info to a whole new level.

I was asked to check out a free one called Snoww which has been available since 2016 but is now doing some great things when paired with the Series Three Apple Watch.

I’ll get to the fun stuff in a minute but what intrigued me most was what is possible from a safety aspect with the technology.

In fact if its creator Eddy Healey has his way, it could soon be saving lives.

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The $4000 jacket ‘everyone will be wearing this winter’

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018

Jacket

I couldn’t help but choke on my cornflakes when I saw the ‘story’.

Appearing in the venerable Fairfax mastheads of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, the headline drew me in: ‘The Aussie brand everyone will be wearing this winter’.

Everyone eh. Go on, tell me more.

“Templa crosses the boundary of gritty urban wearability with ski slope luxury”.

Hmmm, sounds like a bit of a wank, but tell ’em the price son.

Ummm, $4,000 for that leather puffer. Oh and it gets better …

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Queenstown and the $9 avocado

Posted by on May 25, 2018

avocado

With the exchange rate the avocados were a fare more affordable $8.60 each

Well that was a shock.

I was there last month and while it’s hard not to love Queenstown it’s also hard to ignore how expensive it’s getting.

Yes there was the $9 avocado, but also flights which per mile travelled are some of the most expensive in the world. Accommodation ain’t cheap (a pretty average 2 bedder for $1500 in low season anyone?). And those adventure activities? You may well be gasping at the price as much as high octane thrills.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Anyone who’s been knows its a majestic and fun place so the trick is to find a few gems that might save you a some dollars on your next trip.

Here’s my five money savers:

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Aldi snow sale: your time is up

Posted by on May 17, 2018

Aldi

The Aldi sale shouldn’t continue in its current format.

It’s that time of year again, innit snowlovers?

You know the ski season is nigh when you see the ads crop up on social media or perhaps the catalogue flitting about at your local shopping centre. Or maybe your next door neighbour is dusting off his knuckle dusters and mouthguard and you’re wondering why …

Yes, it’s the annual Aldi snow sale this Saturday.

But I’m calling for an end to it in its current set-up and here’s why.

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When things go Arai: Japan’s amazing ‘new’ ski spot

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018

Lotte Arai

Lotte Arai, Japan’s flash new resort is still for powder poachers

The initial word about a new resort area in the Myoko Kogen region of Honshu, Japan wasn’t exactly that enticing.

Firstly, Lotte Arai, or Arai as it was formerly known, was actually a fully functioning resort up until its closure in 2006.

Secondly while refurbished hotels (the centrepiece of the ski area) get some people going, as a bit of dirtbag at heart I often find the sell on these things about as enticing as watching snowboard PGS.

But in the days leading up to my visit, any mention of Lotte Arai to those who’d been there was generally met with a knowing nod and simple acknowledgement I can best sum up as: “this place is the goods”.

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