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Could Oz snow season be an El Nino bust?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017

grass skiing

The Australian slalom championships went ahead despite some challenging conditions

Warmer. Drier.

With the start of the Australian ski season a little over three months away the combination of these words are about as welcome as Trump and presidency; Nickelback and concert and Kyrgios and Tomic.

Unfortunately in its glimpse to autumn and beyond this is exactly what the Bureau of Meteorology tends towards for the eastern part of Australia in 2017.

So, should you be putting extra storage wax on your skis or board after the northern hemisphere season? Well …

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From Main Range disaster to social media guru

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016


Peter Hosking

It was an experience that could have easily killed Peter Hosking. At the very least it should have turned off a novice to the Australian mountains for life. Instead his dice with death on the Main Range inspired Peter to immerse himself in the mountain community and create a range of resources for snow lovers to engage with.

After a drama-free spring day of hiking to the peak of Kosciuszko for the first time, Peter Hosking made the decision to head back to Thredbo at 4pm.

That would be his first mistake.

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Help! I can’t find anywhere to stay

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016

Sad in the snow

But they’ve had two feet and I’ve got nowhere to stay!

The snow’s coming and you don’t have a bed. Everywhere is full. But The Snow Gauge has run the rule over some left field options for NSW – they may not be the closest or always the absolute best but they can mean the difference between a riding a powder day – or just reading about it.

And they reckon a week in politics is a long time.

Have a look at what’s happened in our skifields over the past week and it’ll have you start thinking Donald Trump is the new normal.

There was the glorious day that was Wednesday 13 July that finished with up to 85cm of snow and a top temperature of -3.9 degrees all day at Perisher Valley. Then Saturday tipped out at 10.3 degrees. Tuesday had 21.6 mm rain. Friday is calling for tops of 7 degrees.  After that? A lazy two feet of snow over a couple of days. Head hurt yet? Mine does.

So the deal is you’ve left it late again waiting for the perfect storm but are fast running out of options with Perisher, Thredbo and Jindabyne fuller than a centipede’s sock drawer. Here my friends are the alternatives …

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Outrage over ski ad makes me feel outraged

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016

Thredbo ad

Hokey and a bit dated maybe. But worth pulling down? We need to find better things to be angry about!

The children. Won’t somebody think of the children!

That was my first thought on reading this ridiculous overreaction to the Toyota ad in Thredbo which has now apparently been pulled because of inherent sexism.

If you missed it, the crux of it was that having dad riding black runs and women on blue runs was demeaning because plenty of females are better than that. Really, who knew!

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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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