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.
How do Australian ski resorts get new and casual skiers and snowboarders into the sport? Mt Hotham is doing a good deal this winter with a beginner pass but there’s still plenty of work to be done.
I don’t fall over myself to simply praise ski resorts – that’s what their social media and press releases are for.
But I will say this: Mt Hotham’s ‘Brand New Day’ $49 initiative to get new skiers and snowboarders into the sport is a good one – albeit only for a day.
If you weren’t aware on Saturday, June 25 they’ll be doing a deal where new riders get a pass and full day lesson as well as all gear (sans clothing) for the above mentioned price. Not bad eh?
But it also got me thinking. Couldn’t we be doing more to get people into the sport and also offer the odd carrot to casual skiers and snowboarders too?