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All the dumb things I’ve done at the snow

Posted by on 5:40 pm in Australia | 0 comments

Dumb and dumber

With the opening weekend of the ski season upon us (well, for the slow coaches catching up to Mt Buller and Perisher anyway) I figured it was time for a rewrite of the Alpine Responsibility Code.

I’m sure you’re well familiar with the ARC sign at your ski school or perhaps the individual ‘rules’ stuck to lift stanchions that you summarily ignore as you ride to the top of the mountain.

Well, this ain’t it.

After 20-odd years in this industry I have done a life time worth of stupid and I simply don’t won’t you to repeat my dumb errors. Don’t judge me, just thank me. Ok, maybe judge me too.

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The Snow Gauge – winter of giveaways!

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winter giveaway

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Here at The Snow Gauge we know the way to your heart is with quality news articles and breaking stories in the snow industry.

But let’s face it, we all like some free stuff from time to time as well!

Following last year’s 12 weeks of winter giveaways we are doing it all again in 2017, starting this Friday, June 9. Read on if you’d like to know what you can win and how …

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Is Charlotte Pass next in Vail’s sights?

Posted by on 5:59 pm in Australia | 5 comments

Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass: Photo Charlotte Pass Facebook/Didj Mick Hopkins

It was a small gesture but an undeniably important one.

By Perisher opening Front Valley a week early, it’s the resort saying we’re on our toes and ready to move as the conditions dictate.

It’s another positive move by Perisher and comes amidst suggestions that Vail Resorts wants in at Charlotte Pass.

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The future of Perisher: Vail CEO interview

Posted by on 2:16 pm in Australia | 12 comments

Perisher

The Snow Gauge went one-on-one with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and asked the tough questions about Perisher developments, expansion plans and just what can be done about expensive lessons.

Key points from the chat:

  • Much hinges on a government report on Perisher that is slated to be handed down in October
  • Village and key developments at Perisher could still be a decade away
  • There’ll be no superpipe in Perisher
  • Concedes more needs to be done with lesson pricing
  • A Japanese resort is in the Epic Pass crosshairs

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Why you should ski Portillo, Chile this winter

Posted by on 1:29 pm in South America | 0 comments

Portillo Lake Run

Anthony Sharwood doing some spring preparation on the Lake Run, Portillo. Pic: Glenn Cullen

When discussion turns to which ski resort you’ll visit this southern hemisphere winter the arguments will invariably be of the Noah’s Ark variety.

That is, depending on where you live and your peccadilloes, it will be in a two-by-two format.

Australia vs New Zealand. Victoria vs NSW. Perisher vs Thredbo. Hotham/Falls v Mt Buller.

But for a host of reasons I’d like to throw a third animal into the mix: Portillo, Chile.

I visited the South American giant in August last year and, while far from perfect, it’s a place every skier should head to at least once in their life.

Here’s why.

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