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23 June, 2010 – Laying ’em Over on the Groomers, Falls Creek

23 June, 2010 – Laying ’em Over on the Groomers, Falls Creek

June 23, 2010
  Snow Journal | Chris Hocking/Steve Lee Just a week and a half into season 2010 and so far so good. Opening was one of the better ones we’ve seen for some time with several lifts running due to loads of snowmaking and a last minute top for from Huey.…
20 June, 2010 – Bourke St Action, Mt Buller

20 June, 2010 – Bourke St Action, Mt Buller

June 22, 2010
Getting bourkers on Bourke St Snow Journal | Joey Corcoran With the best season opening in years, Mt Buller’s Bourke St beginners area is looking white, wonderful and covered in early season turners getting their snow legs. The action over the weekend, only the second of the season, showed everyone…
EVENT Rail Jam at Thredbo

EVENT Rail Jam at Thredbo

June 22, 2010
Boen Ferguson coordinates his pants with Mother Nature’s rainbow Event | Ben Hansen The first event of the 2010 Thredbo Freeride Series took off on Saturday in the best conditions the Series had seen for its opening round since it began. The great early snow cover meant the rails comp…
PROFILE Craig Branch – Aussie Olympian

PROFILE Craig Branch – Aussie Olympian

June 18, 2010
Image | Courtesy Craig Branch Words | Tess Cook The problem with ski racing; it doesn’t leave nearly enough time for surfing, especially in winter, when the swells are better. Aussie alpine ski racer Craig ‘Bud’ Branch finds far too much of his time from June to October is taken…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Time to get into the Backcountry

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Time to get into the Backcountry

June 17, 2010
Mt Hotham, Opening weekend 2010. Image:: Cam Walker Cam Walker | Alpine Environmentalist So, Winter is finally here, and its time to get out amongst it. I just got my first fix: a quick ski out to Mount Loch and a half day at Hotham with my kids. It was…
17 June, 2010 – Canterbury Tails… First Turns in NZ

17 June, 2010 – Canterbury Tails… First Turns in NZ

June 17, 2010
Getting upside down is always fun. Rider: Steff Z Snow Journal | Vaughan Brookfield It’s on – the New Zealand winter is kicking into full swing. You can feel the chill in the air and the winter punters are starting to pile into town. We have just had a further…
BLOG The Weather Whisperer – Snow-a-caine

BLOG The Weather Whisperer – Snow-a-caine

June 16, 2010
Snowflakes in detail Aaron Cook | Alpine Meteorologist There’s a special white powder that I love which is sometimes very hard to come by. It occurs naturally and is very abundant in certain parts of South America, but it’s very expensive. It can take over your life, but there are…
My Precious – Frank Sartor’s New National Parks Legislation

My Precious – Frank Sartor’s New National Parks Legislation

June 16, 2010
Thredbo Alpine Village – Snow resort village development could expand exponentially. Image: Thredbo Aaron Cook After losing out on the job of NSW premier to a girl, Frank Sartor was quietly shuffled off into the post of environment minister. Now, like Sauron from Lord of the Rings, he has re-emerged…
BLOG Taking the Piste – What makes you go back for more?

BLOG Taking the Piste – What makes you go back for more?

June 15, 2010
  Taking the Piste – Rachael Oakes-Ash The endless quest for the perfect turn… Image: Gallup Photography/gallupphoto.com Rachael Oakes-Ash If the dried saliva on the corners of your snow obsessed mate’s mouth didn’t give it away then we’re here to tell you, it’s been snowing. Web forums, page three news…
June 12 – 14, 2010 – Hotham Opening Weekend

June 12 – 14, 2010 – Hotham Opening Weekend

June 15, 2010
Buff, lovin’ Sunshine and fresh on Sun Run Snow Journal | Jyothi Jaffray Mother Nature came to the party this weekend at Hotham, bringing 10cm+ of fresh and super cold temps for the Snowmakers to blast away. For the first time since 2003, three lifts were running at the resort…
June 12 – 14, 2010 – Falls Creek’s First Days 2010

June 12 – 14, 2010 – Falls Creek’s First Days 2010

June 15, 2010
Brittney Cox Snow Journal | Chris Hocking There were plenty of good vibes around the mountain at Falls Creek this opening weekend, for one there’s snow on the ground for the first time since 2007, two the snowmakers are topping the snowpack up every night – that makes seven days…
12 – 14 June, 2010 – NSW Snow Season Begins

12 – 14 June, 2010 – NSW Snow Season Begins

June 15, 2010
A nice dusting of snow around the Thredbo River Snow Journal | Ben Hansen NSW kicked off winter with a stunning weekend at both Perisher and Thredbo. Perisher hosted its second Snowy Mountains of Music Festival, which was widely popular, and Thredbo kept guests entertained with drumming shows, stilt walkers…
Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg – Week 3

Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg – Week 3

June 15, 2010
Words and images | Peter Hogg Week three is characterised with inclusion of exercises that will place more demands on the hip for control. The 180 degree spins will test your landing stability and introduce some impact in the program. The arabesques are now loaded for added demands. Some of…
June 10, 2010 – Enjoying Falls’ First Fresh

June 10, 2010 – Enjoying Falls’ First Fresh

June 10, 2010
Ride Team Snowboarder Kieran McLaughlin enjoys favorable early season conditions at Falls Creek Snow Journal | Chris Hocking Constant sub zero temperatures have allowed Falls Creek’s advanced snowmaking system to make over 60,000 cubic metres of snow at the resort since Sunday with temperatures mostly between -3C and -5C with…
The Lift List – What’s Open on Opening Weekend

The Lift List – What’s Open on Opening Weekend

June 10, 2010
Scenic chairlift | Mt Hotham Saturday Update, thanks to even more snow making and a helpful dusting of new snow, most of the resorts are running more lifts that expected. Here’s what’s going right now across the Aussie Alps and should run across the whole weekend Mt Buller is running…
2010 Diaries Down Under Ep.1

2010 Diaries Down Under Ep.1

June 10, 2010
  Diaries Down Under are back for 2010 and in the first episode they check in with Stef Zeestraten who makes the trek from Wanaka for opening day at Coronet Peak, Queenstown – the first resort to open in the Southern Hemisphere for 2010. After a sick day riding around…
Forecast Great for Aussie Opening Weekend

Forecast Great for Aussie Opening Weekend

June 9, 2010
  Up close with the snow at Falls Creek. Image – Chris Hocking/Falls Creek Words | Aaron Cook, Mountainwatch.com Meteorologist Opening weekend across ski resorts in Victoria and New South Wales is going to be white, cool, and mainly fine as a high pressure system develops over the area. Mother…
The Snow Guarantee!

The Snow Guarantee!

June 7, 2010
    What is it: Get the amount of new snow mountainwatch is guaranteeing or your money back! How it’ll work: When it looks like the fresh stuff is coming, Mountainwatch will charge up the Guarantee – book yourself some snow time through the Guarantee and if we don’t deliver…
RIP Arne Backstrom 1980 – 2010. A Q&A with the FWT Champ

RIP Arne Backstrom 1980 – 2010. A Q&A with the FWT Champ

June 6, 2010
  Words | Rachael Oakes-Ash Images | Frank Shine There is no opening line worthy so we’ll just write it plain and simple. Patagonia sponsored freeskier and current Freeskiing World Tour champion, Arne Backstrom, has passed away during a filming expedition in Peru. The Squaw community has again lost one…
BLOG The Snow Greenie – Winter on its way

BLOG The Snow Greenie – Winter on its way

June 4, 2010
  A Thredbo Sunrise. Mother Nature’s Beauty is well worth protecting. Image – Thredbo Cam Walker – Alpine Environmentalist With a couple of good dustings across the Alps in May, everyone is getting impatient for winter. Thoughts turn to the big questions: when will we get that first serious dump?…
Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg – Week Two

Fit For Snow with Peter Hogg – Week Two

June 4, 2010
Words and images | Peter Hogg Week two is designed to give you alternative exercises that can be done in the park or back yard. If you have only brief rest periods between sets of exercise this program can be challenging and will get you more prepared for the snow.…
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE – Alaska with Jono Brauer and Craig Branch

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE – Alaska with Jono Brauer and Craig Branch

June 1, 2010
In February this year Rip Curl sent the Aussie Alpine Olympic team, Jono Brauer and Craig Branch, to Alaska for 10 days with Points North Heli Adventures in Cordova. Off the back of their Olympic successes in downhill and super G, the guys were keen to try their hand at…
May 31, 2010 – NZ Pre-Season Snow

May 31, 2010 – NZ Pre-Season Snow

May 31, 2010
Sunrise over Snow Park NZ. Image – Snow Park NZ Snow Journal – Dylan Butt After playing the waiting game for most of this month everyone’s worst fears have been brushed aside, the ‘white gold’ has finally returned to NZ! The stoke level has stepped up a few notches as…
Will The Olympics Take Slopestyle Too?

Will The Olympics Take Slopestyle Too?

May 28, 2010
Next week a bunch of ski racers will decide whether to include snowboard Slopestyle into the 2014 Olympic games. How will this affect slopestyle? Let’s look at what it did to halfpipe. Without a rockstar like Shaun White to spur on the ratings, the Olympics could risk becoming as irrelevant…
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