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Ted Davenport’s skiBASE

Ted Davenport’s skiBASE

June 4, 2010
  Words | Krystle WrightImages | Krystle Wright/Carly ThomasAs part of a month long base jumping expedition this April, professional skier Ted Davenport executed a thrilling skiBASE jump on remote Canadian Boffin Island. Davenport, a former ski racer and freeski legend with numberous accolades, including most recently the 2009 World…
Big Mountain Rope Tow at Roundhill

Big Mountain Rope Tow at Roundhill

June 3, 2010
Press Release The world’s longest and steepest rope tow will open up access to some of the biggest terrain in Australasia at New Zealand’s Roundhill Ski Area this winter. The ski area, located near Lake Tekapo in the South Island’s majestic Mt Cook Mackenzie region, has always been popular for…
Perisher – Snowy Mountains of Music Festival Programme

Perisher – Snowy Mountains of Music Festival Programme

June 2, 2010
Press Release There’s just 10 days to go ’til the Snowy Mountains of Music Festival lights up winter. The festival is snowballing and there’s just 10 days to go ’til over 130 concerts, workshops, dances and performances wake up Perisher. At just $135 for a long weekend festival pass, it’s…
Vail Resorts Inc Acquire onthesnow.com

Vail Resorts Inc Acquire onthesnow.com

May 31, 2010
Press Release Vail Resorts, Inc. today announced that the Company has acquired Mountain News Corporation (MNC), which operates the world’s most visited online snow sports portal, OnTheSnow.com. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “Mountain News Corporation has a long and rich tradition in the snow sports media business with…
Russ Henshaw World Number 1 after Frostgun Victory

Russ Henshaw World Number 1 after Frostgun Victory

April 6, 2010
Image – Russ Henshaw Press Release Russ Henshaw has won the 2010 Frostgun Invitational in Val Thorens, France and has moved into first place on the Association of Freeski Professionals (AFP) big air world ranking list. The 19 year old Aussie won the big air competition with a dub 10…
NZ’s Jossi Wells AFP Overall World Champion

NZ’s Jossi Wells AFP Overall World Champion

April 6, 2010
Image – Courtesy AFPPress ReleaseWanaka’s Jossi Wells will be crowned the Association of Freeski Professionals (AFP) 2009-2010 Overall World Champion, marking the first time a Kiwi freeskier has finished the season ranked No. 1 in the world. While there are still more competitions on the 2009-2010 calendar, the 19-year-old Wells…
NZ 2010 Ski Racing Events Calendar Now Available

NZ 2010 Ski Racing Events Calendar Now Available

March 26, 2010
Press ReleaseThe calendar of ski racing events for the 2010 Southern Hemisphere season is now posted on the Ski Racing New Zealand website home page. To download the calendar in the excel version from the SRNZ website, click here . For a PDF version of the calendar, click here .
Begg-Smith wins World Cup title in Sierra Nevada Spain

Begg-Smith wins World Cup title in Sierra Nevada Spain

March 22, 2010
Placing second in the final World Cup of the Olympic season held in Sierra Nevada, Spain, Australia’s Dale Begg-Smith joins an elite group by wining his fourth World Cup title. Begg-Smith needed to place ninth or higher to secure the crystal globe. First place went to Guilbault Colas from France…
En Route – Departure

En Route – Departure

March 22, 2010
Christian Sirianni, Jackson Hole, March 14, 2010. After finishing his filming commitments with Nimbus, Christian hooked up in Jackson in mid-March with Boen Ferguson, Charlie Timmins and photographer Tony Harrington. Check out the full feature in the next issue of Chillfactor magazine. Mount Buller’s Christian Sirianni gives the rundown on…
Berchtold, Blondel Bring Liberty All Mountain Skis to Oz

Berchtold, Blondel Bring Liberty All Mountain Skis to Oz

March 10, 2010
Liberty All Mountain Skis have arrived in Australia for the 2010 season. Founder of Liberty Skis, Dan Chalfant says, “we have had some great success and skiers are loving the durability and performance of our skis. “We have received strong demand from the Australian market with constant requests from both…
CR Johnson Killed In Tragic Skiing Accident

CR Johnson Killed In Tragic Skiing Accident

February 27, 2010
CR Johnson, one of the world’s leading freeskiing stars, was killed in a skiing accident ion his home mountain, Squaw valley, California on Feb 24. Johnson, a star of many ski films and one of the most progressive skiers of his generation, was skiing a steep rocky chute in an…
New Zealand’s Janina Kuzma Moves Up The Big Mountain Rankings

New Zealand’s Janina Kuzma Moves Up The Big Mountain Rankings

February 18, 2010
Solid performance at first two stops earns her a wild card into the third stop at Squaw Valley Fieberbrunn, Austria – With a fourth place finish at the second stop of the Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn, New Zealand’s Janina Kuzma has moved up to the number three spot in…
Controversy Over Olympic Mogul Results

Controversy Over Olympic Mogul Results

February 16, 2010
Dale Begg-Smith, alone amidst a field of moguls. Image – Dan HimbrechtsWords – Don St Pierre Subjective sports make great fodder for the media, spectators and at times officials and coaches and at the moment the question is Should Dale Begg-Smith have won the gold in Vancouver? Did the judges…
Defending Dale, a Champion

Defending Dale, a Champion

February 16, 2010
Words – Tess Cook Dale Begg-Smith climbed onto the podium to a healthy Canadian cheer. Right there, in the moment, he looked pleased, not that he was smiling, but there was an emotion on his face that seemed to come from within; his eyes spoke of some genuine feeling as…
JP Auclair Interview – Alpine Initiatives

JP Auclair Interview – Alpine Initiatives

January 27, 2010
JP Auclair. Photo: Chris O’Connel What is pro skier JP Auclair doing laying bricks in Africa? Anyone who skis knows the joy of flying on fresh powder. In a world based on self gratification it’s good to know there are folks in the ski industry giving back. Freeskiing legend, JP…
The End Zone

The End Zone

January 14, 2010
Seth Morrison has been at the forefront of professional freesking for 15 years. It’s easy to see why when he skis a big mountain line this aggressively. Haines, Alaska. (Flip McCririck) Big mountains, the ultimate skiing experience By:: Reggae Elliss One of the biggest developments in skiing over the past…
The Well’s Never Dry

The Well’s Never Dry

January 12, 2010
New Zealand’s Wells Family turns out two more potential freeski stars. Copper Mountain, Colorado (USA): While older brothers Jossi and Byron Wells are in the final stages of preparations for this month’s Winter X Games, their younger siblings are busy showing they’ll be a force to be reckoned with in…
Travel – Vail Valley Colorado

Travel – Vail Valley Colorado

January 6, 2010
  Vail, Colorado is not only one of the biggest ski areas in the world, but is also one of the most popular overseas destinations for Australian skiers and boarders. Easily accessible from Denver, a trip to Vail offers skiers of all standards plenty of options and plenty of challenges.…
Antarctica – The Ski Trip Of A Life Time

Antarctica – The Ski Trip Of A Life Time

January 5, 2010
  Australia’s big mountain skiing legend Andrea Binning, is now back home in Chamonix after an incredible ski trip to Antarctica, one she rates as not only one of her most memorable, but also one of her most challenging of her illustrious career. The following is her last blog entry…
Antarctica Expedition – Part 2

Antarctica Expedition – Part 2

December 25, 2009
Mt. Shackleton Descent Attempted A lot has gone on in the last few days and it’s been too busy to get on the computer to write. After our successful descent on Duseberg Buttress on the 3rd we packed our expedition gear and did a long glacier approach to Mt. Shackleton…
2010 Ski Movie Reviews

2010 Ski Movie Reviews

December 15, 2009
Charlie Timmins at this year’s One Hit Wonder – he knows his ski movies. Photo::Ben Hansen We may be at the start of a sweltering summer here in Australia, but all the new 2010 ski movies have been released through VAS Entertainment. There are plenty to check out so we…
Antarctica Expedition

Antarctica Expedition

December 11, 2009
  Dec 5, 2009 By Chris Davenport   Andrea Binning’s climbing and skiing expedition into the wilds of Antarctica is now in its second week. The Australian big mountain skier is with her husband Stian Hagan and big mountain legend Chris Davenport. Chris is getting regular updates out and here…
Travel – Summit County Colorado

Travel – Summit County Colorado

December 3, 2009
  The Perfect Ski Bum Destination By Scotty TalbutAll photos Andrew Fawcett THE PLACE Summit County, Colorado is not only home to 23,538 people, but as it lies in the Southern Rockies is also home to four great ski resorts – Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Arapahoe Basin . All…
Australian designer wins Ski Design Comp

Australian designer wins Ski Design Comp

December 2, 2009
Ian Houghton’s winning design that will feature on TJ Schillers’ new 2010 pro model ski. A young Adelaide Hills graphic designer has won an international competition to design the look of a new set of skis for North American ski legend TJ Schiller. The skis which will be manufactured by…
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