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New tricks, new ambitions: James eyes Olympic glory

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017

Scotty James -took all before him in 2016/17. Now for the Olympics.

If you want to know what Scotty James has been up to this past six months, even he says it’s best not to look at his social media.

There’s Barcelona, boxing poses and a boat in Miami that could be straight from The Lonely Island film clip.

“My Instagram probably says otherwise – that I have been having a good time but I have been working really hard,” he says with a chuckle.

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Party like it’s 1992: a 3 metre base awaits!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017

2017

The last time we hit 3m in Australia Right Said Fred were topping the charts with ‘I’m Too Sexy’. Bless.

It’s rarer than a Melbourne premiership, a Wallabies win over the All Blacks and a funny Adam Sandler movie.

Don’t know what I am talking about? It’s a three-metre base of snow in Australia – something that hasn’t happened in a quarter of a century.

But, if the stars and Snow Gods align, it just might do it this season.

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The King vs Mogul Matt

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017

In the first of a series of interviews leading up to the Winter Olympics, starting on February 9, The Snow Gauge chats to moguls skier Matt Graham and talks about his rivalry with Canadian great Mikael Kingsbury.

Matt Graham

Matt Graham is looking to add an Olympic medal to his World Cup wins and awards. Pic: OWIA

Just how do you dethrone the king?

It’s a question that has been on the mind of Australian moguls champion Matt Graham for some time.

While Graham will head to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February as one his country’s best medal prospects, there’s royalty in his way.

It comes in the form of Canadian Mikael Kingsbury, a six-time World Cup champion who, quite simply, is the best the sport has seen.

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Falls Creek to get a Superpipe?

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

 

Falls Creek

It’s a work in progress but with Perisher dropping out of building a Superpipe in Australia, there’s some decent prospects of Falls Creek filling the void.

And who is behind the push? None other than our own Scotty James.

The X Games and two-time world champion is working with his own sponsors (including Falls Creek) to try to make it happen.

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The love/hate relationship with chains

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017

snow chains

If you’ve skied or snowboarded in Australia or New Zealand there’s quite a chance the “c” word fills you with a degree of dread.

Chains.

It sounds like you’ll be shackled or tortured. Or at least your car will.

But are they to be feared? Are they overused? Or are they simply something that will save your car – or potentially your life?

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Five things I learned at Perisher

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017

Perisher

Guthega – a sneaky good option at this time of the season. Pic: Perisher Facebook

From passes, to good lifties and getting skis stolen (err mistakenly taken), this is what I learnt on my first trip to the snow this season.

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