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Anatomy of a perfect storm

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

 

There may have been bigger storms but the consensus is that there haven’t been too many drier.

When it snows in parts of Canberra and Goulburn, NSW and Woodend, Lancefiled and Gippsland in Victoria – that generally only means epicness in the alps.

There were reports of up to 85cm in 24 hours and while some are scoffing in their windblown Weaties, we speak to those who were there for the rundown on a dump to remember.

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Win a stylin’ jacket from Quiksilver

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016

Quiksilver jacket

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Aldi.

I don’t have anything against the German supermarket chain. In fact I even wrote this story about them one time.

Sure, you go in to buy some bread and end up purchasing a marine safety kit and some traffic cones but that’s just part of the fun eh!

I think it’s great that you can get yourself some well-priced ski and snow kit (for one day a year or or until sold out) but ask yourself this: Do I really want to look like the 8,762 other people who have bought exactly the same thing when you get on the chairlift?

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7 things learned from the opening weekend

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016

1. Thank God for snowmaking!

Thredbo Snowmaking

Snowmaking: Unsurprisingly again set to play a key role in the Southern Hemisphere season. Pic: Thredbo Resort

2. Do we need to reconsider the opening weekend based on conditions?

Plenty of resorts around the world only turn the lifts when there’s enough snow. In Australia we’re slavishly locked into the June long weekend. Worth it just for the party or do you baulk at having to pay serious coin for a day pass for very limited riding?

Thredbo Alpine Resort

Party time at Thredbo. Enough to constitute an opening weekend? Pic: Thredbo Resort

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Helmets: should they be compulsory?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016

Helmets

In New York State, the senate has just passed a bill that requires children under the age of 14 to wear a helmet while skiing or snowboarding.

While it could still get shouted down in the state Assembly, it got me thinking that this will surely come up for discussion in NSW or Victoria soon enough.

Don’t forget the ‘Premier State’ now punishes cyclists with a $319 fine for not wearing a lid – why not hit up our skiers and snowboarders too eh?

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The future of Perisher

Posted by on May 25, 2016

Perisher

Perisher – big changes are in the offing. Pic: Perisher Facebook

On a whistlestop tour of Australia, The Snow Gauge caught up with Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz (with a little help from local chief Peter Brulisauer) to talk all things Perisher:

Key points:

  • Expect some significant announcements ahead of next season
  • Snowmaking and new chairs the priorities; refurbed village after that
  • Approval still being sought for Superpipe build – won’t happen this season
  • Not shying away from the season pass philosophy over day visitors
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