Putting it on the table
Treble Cone, NZ has already had 55cm of snow. Saddle up! (Pic: Treble Cone)
A good place to start – in so many ways and on so many levels. After years of writing about an industry that has at times enlightened, occasionally frustrated but invariably enveloped I’ve finally decided to get my thoughts together on my own blog.
As I write this snow flakes are well and truly stacking up in the Snowy Mountains and NZ so perhaps my timing isn’t as clumsy as it initially sounds. Skiing started for me back in 1988 on a school trip to the Marist Brothers lodge at Carinya, not too far from the Station Resort at Jindabyne.
In subsequent years I realised that when in snow accommodation you’ll invariably sweat like a gypsy with a mortgage (thank you Honey Badger). But Christ on a bike Carinya was one cold hell hole.
My friends and I would pinch cigarettes and sneak booze to numb the pain from the numbness of the cold. Or something like that. Anyway, what could have been a disaster became an endearment.
Twenty seven years on I am still skiing and in between time even edited a magazine about it, travelled the world because of it and worked at four Winter Olympic Games thanks to it. I have been truly blessed. This blog will be extension of those blessings.
There’ll be musings, pictures and videos and the odd warm turn of phrase. With deals like the Vail Resorts buyout of Perisher it is a fascinating time to be Australian and involved in the industry. In part it’s the potential of such things that has piqued my interest again.
There’ll be news, a bit of gear talk from time and links to my winter column through Australian Associated Press (AAP). But don’t expect a total love in. I have been around long enough to make some tough calls so expect some honesty in reporting on these pages.
People pay plenty of good money to hit the slopes so I’d feel embarrassed by playing the total fanboy. Much like the first time when I went skiing I’m not sure where I’ll end up here but I guarantee it won’t be dull, so please join me.
Glenn Cullen aka “The Snow Gauge”