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XTM kids’ gear giveaway!

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017

xtm kids

It’s school holidays, so with the help of our friends at XTM, we’re (cue Robbie and Kylie) doin’ it for the kids.

It’s a real pleasure to be able to give away a full kit worth $400 for your little or not so little one. As long as they wear kids sizes we’ll get your boy or girl covered from top to bottom!

The goods are great (read on for a little more detail) but the fact it’s direct from an Aussie company should make you feel warm and fuzzier still.

And not just any Australian company but one that has a significant track record in helping our athletes, the environment and those less fortunate than most of us who get to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.

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Could this solve the snow-commodation problem?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017

sleep capsule

Sleeping pods have long been the rage in Japan, where accommodation, particularly of the affordable variety in Tokyo, can be at a premium. With The Capsule Hotel just opened up in Sydney and one getting constructed in Whistler, would this be a good solution to some of Australia’s snow-commodation problems?

We’ve all been there.

A cracking weekend in the middle of August and it’s just dropped a couple of feet midweek.

You frantically hit the computer to look for an available place. Computer says no.

No on snow, no 30km up the road. No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

Things are so desperate you would probably sleep in a room little bigger than a single bed that looks like something from the Alien franchise. I know I would. And perhaps one day you may be able to …

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Cox and James share Aussie snow award

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017

Britt Cox and Scotty James

Scotty James and Britt Cox – shared winners at Australian Skiing and Snowboarding’s night of nights. Pic: OWIA

In the end Australia’s two best winter athletes just couldn’t be separated.

So it seemed only fitting that moguls skier Britt Cox and halfpipe snowboarder Scotty James shared the Australian Snowsports Athlete of the Year Award.

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New Zealand: frustrating as all hell

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016

The Remarkables

Remarkable – just not open, that’s all. Pic: The Remarkables Facebook

If you ever needed a torchlight shone on the best and worst thing about skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand, mark September 8 down as Exhibit A.

Almost two feet of fresh snow. Superb mountains. A picture perfect place to base yourself in like Queenstown.

And the resort that is supposed to take you to heaven?

It’s closed.

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This Jarryd’s got some game too

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016

Jarryd Hughes

With Lindsay Jacobellis – a lazy ten-times X Games gold medal winner for the US. Pic: Jarryd Hughes Facebook

There’s another Jarryd who’s made it in America. He didn’t try out for the Fijian rugby sevens team though and he’s a much better chance than the Hayne Plane of winning an Olympic medal.

Forget footy for just for a moment and start thinking snowboarding.

Jarryd Hughes may not be a multi-code football star but he is an X Games winner in snowboard cross, a World Cup winner and Australian Winter Olympian.

In what was looming as an epic season after the win in Aspen, Jarryd (that’s Hughes not Hayne folks) busted his knee when testing out the site for the Korean Olympic course. The Snow Gauge caught up with him to see where things were at.

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