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.
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.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Fernie and president elect Donald Trump. Hmmm, what was that Meatloaf song again?
Hate your future president? Too hot where you live? Not enough mountains? There’s a one word solution for you: Canada.
The Snow Gauge has handpicked the five best ski towns in the land for you to relocate. I’ve even managed to check out the real estate and have marked them on the infalible ‘Trudeau Rating Scale’.
So just as soon as the Canadian Immigration website gets back online you can put your application in …
Truckloads of snow for Japan in 2016/17? The suggestions are there might be. Pic: Myokokogen.net
From the USA to Japan and even Europe I’ve tabled the key resorts with expected opening dates, what if any snow has fallen and taken a broad look at what forecasters are predicting for the season in each of the regions.
Hopefully it will help you with your choice of where to head this northern hemisphere winter!
If you’re in North America or going there for the 2016/17 season, it’d be pretty normal right about now to be asking the question: which states are going to get the best snow?
As someone who travels from the southern hemisphere most years the question burns a little more for me right now than say someone from San Francisco, Salt Lake City or Squamish.
So, much like I did around this time last year I spoke to Joel Gratz – founding meteorologist and CEO of Open Snow, the premier powder forecasting site used by 1.5 million skiers and boarders in the US.
His answer threw me completely.