It’s usually just outside Canberra on the way back from a two or three day trip to the snow that I ask myself the question: why didn’t I fly?
While I have done more than my share of road trips to both the NSW Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps from Sydney there is something about flying that sits rather nicely with me.
It’s something to do with not feeling exhausted (there or on the way back), cutting a good chunk out of your travel time and not having to deal with thousands of people in their cars who have exactly the same idea of having a cheeky few days down the snow.
In celebration of such things our good friends at Regional Expresss (REX) have ponied up with four return airfares – two each from Sydney to Cooma and another two from Melbourne to Albury!
The Belle curve – Brockhoff carving out a sweet arc. Pic: Harald Benselin OWIA
While some of out best summer athletes prepare across the other side of the globe for the Olympics starting this week, there’s a whole bunch of winter ones on our own doorstep getting it done.
In case you didn’t know the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are only 18 months away so I’ll be checking in with some of our top hopes over that time.
This week I chat with the feisty Belle Brockhoff – one of Australia’s best hopes in the snowboard cross.
A World Cup winner for the first time last season Belle looks to be timing her Games run to perfection. She was quite outspoken in the lead-up to Sochi where she was eighth – now she’s looking to let her snowboarding do much of the talking.
Sweet colours and sweet skiing at Mt Hotham. Pic: Mark Tsukasov
Skiing. Learning. Living it up a little or chilling out as the mood suits. They’re all fundamentals of the Ski Aspen experience which is coming to Mt Hotham from August 25-28.
Here’s your chance to join them for three days of instruction, apres and a slice of Aspen down under for as little as $600.
Early goods at Mt Hotham. Pic: Mt Hotham
Valley boy. Pic: Instagram @buryperi Rider JAke Shanahan @_jacobra_
Night Falls. Pic: Chris Hocking
Digging in at Perisher. Pic: Perisher
Thredbo – the storm before the calm. Pic: Sean Duncan Instagram @seanbfunkin
In deep at Falls Creek. Pic: Chris Hocking
There may have been bigger storms but the consensus is that there haven’t been too many drier.
When it snows in parts of Canberra and Goulburn, NSW and Woodend, Lancefiled and Gippsland in Victoria – that generally only means epicness in the alps.
There were reports of up to 85cm in 24 hours and while some are scoffing in their windblown Weaties, we speak to those who were there for the rundown on a dump to remember.
Pond skimming is fun. Not so much in the middle of winter, granted. Pic: Teton Gravity Facebook
This isn’t the story I thought I’d be writing.
After the first significant watery event of the season (interspersed with a fair bit of snow) I was prepared for the Australian ski resorts to avoid the r-word like Souths and Essendon are dodging wins at the moment.
But what I read surprised me.