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Himalayas: Skiing’s last frontier?

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Can an Aussie ski guide and mountaineer convince people they should ride the foothills of Mt Everest? Nick Farr hopes he can. And he says you don’t need to be much more than a fit intermediate skier to do it …

“I have been over there so many times but I remember even the last time thinking about the whole notion that there’s Everest; it was a beautiful day and the snow was light, I thought this is bullshit – it’s amazing. It’s a place you feel you have no right to be,” – Nick Farr.

Mention Everest or the Himalayas and skiing and most people conjure up extreme athletes, avalanches and oxygen canisters. The more morbid of us might contemplate cerebral edema, frostbite and fatalities. And those who are ski nerds will no doubt bring to the table Darvo Karnicar, Mike Marolt and Yuichiro Miura – the latter that Japanese dude who skied down the world’s highest peak in 1970 and was spat off a cliff but lived (footage of that classic incident right here).

But Farr, the only person in the world offering organised ski trips to the region, wants to share a different side to a mountain he has been visiting for close to two decades.


Whistler: Am I the only one who is a bit meh about it?

Posted by on 2:53 am in Canada, World | 0 comments

I probably should love Whistler. But, like musical reality shows, eggplant and Brisbane – it just doesn’t rock my world. 

Ok, I get the concept. Frequently top-rated ski resort on the planet. A 1.6km vertical drop over two monstrous mountains. Twelve metres of snow in an average season (and talk of 1.2 metres in the next week would you believe). Massive village with every shop and dining option imaginable. Glaciers. Summer riding. Extensive mountain bike terrain. Easy access from a cool city like Vancouver. I’ve probably actually sold you …

Yet I’ve found the place hard to become infatuated with let alone form a meaningful relationship with. Here’s why.


When the snow melts: hidden treasures at ski resorts

Posted by on 4:52 am in Australia, World | 1 comment

Phones, cash, used nappies, a Rolex, microwaves and even an adult toy – you’d be amazed what’s discovered when the big melt takes place.

“Due to snow now melted my husband has found an Iphone 5c on the grass hill behind the dining area at Blue Cow near the Magic carpet. It still turns on and charges. If you can prove it’s yours by describing the phone case and telling us the picture on the front then we would love to give it back to you.”


Update: Snowboarder Steph claims gymnastics silver

Posted by on 11:13 am in Australia, Competition, World | 0 comments


From Sochi to Rio? Anything looks possible for
Steph Magiros after the Winter Olympian claimed
silver on the vault at the Australian Gymnastics
Championships. Photo: Harry Magiros

After scraping into the vault final at the Australian Gymnastics Championships Steph Magiros has performed superbly to finish second. (more…)

An Australian first ?

Posted by on 1:47 pm in Australia, Competition, World | 0 comments

From this:

To this:


No, not a gondola in one of our resorts, a $50 lift pass or an all-male group of 21 year-olds behaving respectfully for an entire week in Niseko … (more…)

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