Australia may not have the biggest mountains, the most snow or the best facilities but there’s one thing the local ski and snowboard industry can claim – first dibs on plenty of the best new gear that comes out.
The global season release schedule sees a whole raft of stuff shown – and then effectively made available to the consumer – down under first.
I was fortunate enough to get to the Snowsports Industries of Australia trade show held in chilly Canberra (6 degrees and raining as I left – with a foot of snow on the hills for the close of the season thanks very much) and managed to park my peepers on some of the gear before the North Americans and Europeans get their hands on it!
I can be a bit tight. How tight?
I am currently engaged in a standoff with Optus over a $2 “non-direct debit fee” over my mobile phone account. See, I refuse to be pre-emptively fined for the non-payment of a bill which isn’t actually due yet just because I won’t give them my account details in advance. This could also be a matter of principle. But as some have suggested I don’t have any, so the jury remains out there.