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Aussies in Whistler: Arse-hats or getting a bum wrap?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016

Aussies in Whistler

With the news that Vail Resorts has confirmed the purchase of Whistler you can rest assured that means one thing: more Australians in the BC behemoth this season.

If you weren’t aware the Epic Pass has been available for a few years in Australia because of the Vail Group’s ownership of Perisher in NSW and now Whistler is part of their cache or resorts, pass holders are entitled to five days there in 2016/17.

Great say the many Aussies who have enjoyed an excellent product. But if some recent stories about what Aussies are like Whistler hold true will as many Canadians be as pleased?

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Big hair, big ambitions: meet Tonga’s would be Olympic skier

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

Kasete Skeen

Kasete Skeen – wants to race at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

He smoked. He drank. He was 25kg overweight. He’s half-English. Skiing for Tonga at the 2018 Winter Olympics doesn’t seem like the logical next step for Kasete Skeen but the 34 year-old is going to give it a crack. 

If Kasete Naufahu Skeen realises his aim of becoming an Olympian don’t expect him to oil up and get around in a traditional Tongan waist garment like Rio 2016 compatriot and Internet sensation Pita Taufatofua.

It’s not that Skeen wouldn’t proudly represent the island nation of 105,000 people – more likely he’d just freeze his nipples off. This is, after all, South Korea in winter, where temperatures drop to -10 degrees Celsius.

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Two metre season or spring fizzer?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

snow measure

The Snow Gauge loves a good snow gauge

Two metres. It’s the mythical mark.The line in the snow that seemingly defines an average or sub par season from a good one. Or perhaps a great one.

Measured from the Spencers Creek site in the Kosciuszko National Park at 1830m, the weekly reading has since been a staple since 1954.

Does two metres ski any different to 199cm or 201cm? Well, of course not. But it still remains the marker that’s embedded in many an Aussie skier and snowboarder’s brain.

Can we reach it in 2016 or is the recent warmer weather an auger for a sharp ending. Well …

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Help! I can’t find anywhere to stay

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

Sad in the snow

But they’ve had two feet and I’ve got nowhere to stay!

The snow’s coming and you don’t have a bed. Everywhere is full. But The Snow Gauge has run the rule over some left field options for NSW – they may not be the closest or always the absolute best but they can mean the difference between a riding a powder day – or just reading about it.

And they reckon a week in politics is a long time.

Have a look at what’s happened in our skifields over the past week and it’ll have you start thinking Donald Trump is the new normal.

There was the glorious day that was Wednesday 13 July that finished with up to 85cm of snow and a top temperature of -3.9 degrees all day at Perisher Valley. Then Saturday tipped out at 10.3 degrees. Tuesday had 21.6 mm rain. Friday is calling for tops of 7 degrees.  After that? A lazy two feet of snow over a couple of days. Head hurt yet? Mine does.

So the deal is you’ve left it late again waiting for the perfect storm but are fast running out of options with Perisher, Thredbo and Jindabyne fuller than a centipede’s sock drawer. Here my friends are the alternatives …

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Outrage over ski ad makes me feel outraged

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016

Thredbo ad

Hokey and a bit dated maybe. But worth pulling down? We need to find better things to be angry about!

The children. Won’t somebody think of the children!

That was my first thought on reading this ridiculous overreaction to the Toyota ad in Thredbo which has now apparently been pulled because of inherent sexism.

If you missed it, the crux of it was that having dad riding black runs and women on blue runs was demeaning because plenty of females are better than that. Really, who knew!

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