The Snow Gauge

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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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We’re giving away a snowboard from Wilderness Sea n’ Ski

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016

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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.

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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

Look sharp. Win this Quiksilver jacket this week. All you have to do is subscribe to The Snow Gauge!

I’ll give you one good reason you have to subscribe to The Snow Gauge newsletter and win this super slick Quiksilver Raft jacket* this week.

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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