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.
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.
It’s the size of a resort but doesn’t have a chairlift.
There’s untracked powder as far as the eye can see. There’s cruisey wide-open bowls, chutes or hits for the adventurous. There’s an extraordinary lunch served in amazing surrounds. There’s a dozen of you but probably less. There’s no pressure.
It’s Soho Basin in New Zealand, and I suggest you get there before the word gets out.
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.
The Snow Gauge may be a skier but it’s time to share the love around to our one-planked brethren.
This week, thanks to our good friends at Wilderness Sea ‘N Ski at Liverpool in Sydney, we have Technine Young Gun in a 155cm snowboard to giveaway.
It’s a cracker of a board and all you have to do is be a subscriber to be eligible to win!
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.
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?