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Is Charlotte Pass next in Vail’s sights?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017

Charlotte Pass

Charlotte Pass: Photo Charlotte Pass Facebook/Didj Mick Hopkins

It was a small gesture but an undeniably important one.

By Perisher opening Front Valley a week early, it’s the resort saying we’re on our toes and ready to move as the conditions dictate.

It’s another positive move by Perisher and comes amidst suggestions that Vail Resorts wants in at Charlotte Pass.

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Is Thredbo next in Aspen’s sights?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017

Thredbo and Aspen

Asbo? Thredpen? The mind boggles …

With the news that Aspen has just purchased Mammoth Mountain – hard on the heels of its Intrawest takeover – the question for the Australian market is this: could Thredbo be next in line?

In light of Vail’s purchase of Perisher in 2015 and the current state of the market, this is a deal that would make a lot of sense.

And guess what? Sources have told The Snow Gauge that Aspen CEO Mike Kaplan has been spending quite some time in Thredders. Coincidence?

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The moment I knew my 52-year ski career was over

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017

Michael Sharwood

Michael Sharwood

Michael Sharwood had the last ski run of his life all worked out: a run down the Blackcomb Glacier on his 80th birthday.

Like many of the best laid plans it didn’t eventuate as what seemed to be the most innocuous of falls ended his skiing days three years short in January this year.

But Michael doesn’t want your sympathy. He’s skied 110 resorts over 52 years. He’s travelled the world. He’s made life long friends. He conceived (well, conceived of!) his only daughter on a chairlift in Aspen.

This is his story. And a thank you to the sport he loves so much.

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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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