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.
This week’s prize is an absolute ripper.
While The Snow Gauge is a skier he dips his lid to the snowboarding brethren out there and has managed to get hold of a TechNine T-Money Tie Dye snowboard through our good friends at Wilderness Sea N’ Ski, Liverpool. The RRP is a lazy $549.
More on the board in a minute but I want to tell you a quick story about why you should be supporting Wilderness Sea N’ Ski if you live in Sydney’s west, south or anywhere else for that matter.
It’s been a cold winter so far. How cold? Temperatures tipping -8 at Thredbo Top Station some nights; days where it’s felt like -15 out on the hill with windchill; and it hasn’t busted 0 degrees at Mt Hotham since June 20.
These are the times you could use a heated Avade baselayer; not to mention those chilly overseas trips to Japan, Alberta and all those other cold arse places you head to during the northern winter.
Fortunately we have two of these beauties to give away this week for our subscribers.
Epic Falls (see what I did there). Chris Hocking captures it superbly at Falls Creek. Pic: Falls Creek Facebook.
I’ve found the only true way to prepare for a pending snow storm is to crack open a beer and fondly recall epic dumps of season’s past.
Here are five of the best:
1. 2014: June 21
Early renditions of the Opal card were considered useless. Pic: Perisher Facebook
There was the usual June tetchiness. Of course there was. Then there was a little scuttlebutt that something was a’brewin’ not that long after the traditionally barren opening weekend. By Saturday June 21 it had arrived.
Four days later News Corp journalists were inventing new words as a once in a century June storm left around 120cm at the top of Perisher.
Snowmageddon, snownado, megablizzard, snowpocalypse – call it what you will but it was something else.