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Fun snow app wants to get serious and save lives

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018

The Snoww app has combined with the Apple Watch to provide some neat features for snow users – but it’s the future possibilities with the technology that are most exciting.

Anyone with an Epic Pass (I’m told there are a few out there) would probably be pretty familiar with the dashboard and its ability to track your ski and snowboard day.

It does things like register your lift rides, vertical ridden and can subtly remind you of that mysterious gap you had in the middle of the afternoon where you were sinking schooners at the Guthega Pub.

But there’s a bunch of apps out there that are taking this info to a whole new level.

I was asked to check out a free one called Snoww which has been available since 2016 but is now doing some great things when paired with the Series Three Apple Watch.

I’ll get to the fun stuff in a minute but what intrigued me most was what is possible from a safety aspect with the technology.

In fact if its creator Eddy Healey has his way, it could soon be saving lives.

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Charlotte Pass set for short-term lease extension

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017

Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass: Photo Charlotte Pass Facebook/Didj Mick Hopkins

With the Charlotte Pass lease set to expire at the end of this month and no official word on what was happening – I thought it was time for a bit of an update.

Our source close to the situation says that instead of a long-term lease being granted at this stage, a six-month one would be put in place.

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Party like it’s 1992: a 3 metre base awaits!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017

2017

The last time we hit 3m in Australia Right Said Fred were topping the charts with ‘I’m Too Sexy’. Bless.

It’s rarer than a Melbourne premiership, a Wallabies win over the All Blacks and a funny Adam Sandler movie.

Don’t know what I am talking about? It’s a three-metre base of snow in Australia – something that hasn’t happened in a quarter of a century.

But, if the stars and Snow Gods align, it just might do it this season.

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The love/hate relationship with chains

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017

snow chains

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.

Chains.

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?

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Five things I learned at Perisher

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017

Perisher

Guthega – a sneaky good option at this time of the season. Pic: Perisher Facebook

From passes, to good lifties and getting skis stolen (err mistakenly taken), this is what I learnt on my first trip to the snow this season.

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