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Great deals at Falls Creek Country Club

The snowiest spring for many, many winters has encouraged the Falls Creek Country Club to offer 50% off its self-contained apartments and 50% off ski or snowboard equipment hire.

This well-priced special applies to the remaining days in September and the first week of October. Due to the amazing amount of snow that has fallen in the last five days (over a metre) there’s more snow on the alpine resort’s array of slopes than any other Victorian alpine resort. This mega snow cover has resulted in a decision to extend the Falls Creek season by an additional week.

To take advantage of this value-for-money offer ($60 per person per night sharing a two-bedroom apartment) at a very well-located complex call the Falls Creek Country Club 03 5758 3391

email enquiries@fallscreekcountryclub.com.au or visit www.fallscreekcountryclub.com.au

Valid for direct bookings only. Terms and conditions apply.

Be Coached by an Olympian For Free this September

Learn from some of Australia’s top female ski and snowboard athletes including 2x Olympian Katya Crema this September 16th and 17th. Making its well awaited return to Hotham, Chicks with Stix is a free weekend of freeride and park training sessions.

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If you are a female aged 12 or over who is confident on blue runs and looking to progress your skills, then these Chicks with Stix sessions are for you.  You could learn how to pop off a jump or slide a rail in the Terrain Park. Other times, you may learn tricks such as spread eagles, grabs, 180s and 360s. Out of the park, mogul technique, short turns, long turns and how to read a slope are all a part of the sessions.

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Founded in 2010, Chicks with Stix is a non-for-profit organisation that was established by a group of like-minded, passionate snow loving girls. Their aim is to provide much needed encouragement and opportunities for girls who ski and snowboard. They offer them a chance to ski and board with the best female snow-sports athletes in Australia, having fun times and helping improve skills in park-riding, freeride, slopestyle and big mountain.

 EVENT DETAILS:

  • Where: Hotham Alpine Resort
  • When:  Saturday 16 September and Sunday 17 September, 2017
  • Cost: Chicks with Stix is a free program
  • Learn more and Register: mthotham.com.au/chickswithstix

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Active Life, Madarao, is hiring!

LOOKING FOR A JOB IN MADARAO?

Active Life are now hiring hotel staff for the 2017/2018 season!

Active Life Group owns and manages 2 hotels in Madarao Ski Resort which are Active Life Madarao hotel and Hakken by Active Life Madarao. Both hotels are within 5 minutes walk from the ski lifts.

Located Northwest of Tokyo in the Nagano Prefecture and accessible directly from Tokyo on a 1 hour and 50 minute comfortable bullet train ride, Madarao is one of the fastest growing international alpine resorts in Japan with most international guests coming from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, China, New Zealand and the UK.

Across Madarao and Tangram, there are 20 chair lifts and an average snowfall ranging between 10 and 14 metres. Tree-skiing is allowed and the resort is ideal for beginners, intermediate and expert riders and skiers.

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The team at Active Life combine hard work with great fun to give our staff a unique travel experience, lifestyle and working holiday unlike anywhere else in the world.

Get in touch and apply ! Contact activelife.applications@beactive.life

Available positions:

  • Hotel staff

Employment period:

  • Late November to March (varies with positions)
  • We start our staff with training to give you all you need to know about working for Active Life!

Hours:

  • Generally 5 days per week, around 35 hours per week

Benefits

Accommodation:

  • Our staff accommodation is free!
  • We offer twin share rooms, however upgrades may be available during quiet periods in the season.

Food:

  • Hotel staff are provided with 3 free meals daily.

Lift Passes:

  • Discounted lift passes for all staff

Other:

  • Incentives for guest services sales
  • The hotel offers a free shuttle to Nozawa Onsen, and there is  Myoko Kogen for easy and full-day access on your days off.
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A quick message from the SRA team

Snowriders Australia is run by a team of volunteers who share a common passion for the snow.

Recently we made the decision to remove the ‘Forum’ Facebook Groups from our website and Facebook Page. The decision is part of a rationalisation of our content following member and snow industry feedback.

The removal of the forums allows us to better concentrate on high quality content (including original articles) with intent to promote snowsports generally, particularly the Australian snow industry.

The forums will continue as separate entities under a new Facebook page not affiliated with Snowriders Australia.

As always, feel free to shoot us a message via our contact page.

The Snowriders Australia Team

Aussie resorts preparing for the dump of the season

Aussie resorts are today preparing for major snowfalls with well known forecasters, Weatherzone and the Frog, predicting maximum accumulations of between 33 and 40 cm across the resorts between Monday and Saturday.  Jane Bunn, another snow weather guru is predicting accumulations up to 50 cm! SHUT the FRONT DOOR!

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The Frog is so excited he’s having tadpoles

This is welcome news for the Aussie resorts which have until today received only lackluster snow falls due to the presence of a so called MONSTER blocking high pressure system, which has been sitting over the mainland for much of the winter.

This weeks snow falls are good news for the resort’s snowmakers and groomers, who have this year pulled the proverbial rabbit out of a hat by pretty much artificially constructing winter, using only state-of-the-art snowmaking technology. Their efforts have led some industry pundits to say that “they’ve never seen such extensive covering, or the resort in such good nick, considering mother nature’s refusal to play ball”. Take a a few days off guys, you deserve it.

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Even weatherzone is getting hot and humid under the collar

So rejoice and get out your fat skis and powder rigs.  Let’s hope that monster blocking high pressure system has left the building for good, allowing the typical winter pattern to return.

Cover image used with permission courtesy of Mt Hotham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Japan ski holiday with kids need not be a nightmare: our top 10 tips

A ski holiday with kids needn’t be a nightmare. Guest reporter, Di McLean, recently visited Hokkaido, Japan with two small children aged 4 and 6. Here’s her top 10 tips for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday:

1. Its cold in Japan!! Take good quality clothing and accessories. This is absolutely essential for keeping out the cold and for ease of dressing in the morning. If the kids get cold on the slopes it’s game over for you and the kids.  Make sure their gloves are good quality and easy to work with.  The amount of times I had to put gloves on children….

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2. Plan your luggage carefully. e.g. include a few snacks and a change of clothes in your carry-on luggage (in case of accidents), and make sure your snow gear (boots, jackets, gloves, beanies) is easily accessible for when you arrive. It is also helpful to have suitcases that can be rolled or ridden on by small children.

3. Allow lots of time to do everything and get anywhere.  Kids move at a glacial pace. Really! We took toboggans which were very useful for pulling kids around….It reduced our frustration and they loved the ride.

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4. Slow down and appreciate your surroundings. We were itching to hit the slopes and get as much powder time as possible. The kids, however, were simply stoked to play in the snow.

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5. Enroll the kids in lessons. The kid’s group lessons are fantastic, not too expensive and a great way to get some adult time together on the slopes.

6. Skiing is a good option for the kids rather than snowboarding. Whilst my husband and I snowboard, we hired ski gear for the kids, as we felt it would be easier for them to learn with less falls (and therefore less tears and whingeing). We didn’t bother with the ski poles – just another thing to carry.

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7. Don’t go too far down the mountain in front of your kids. When they fall and refuse to get up, it can be a long walk back up.

8. Hot chocolates from vending machines. Self explanatory really.

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9. Ramen. Enough said.

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10. Take the kids and enjoy an onsen at the end of the day. With a few rules, e.g. don’t stare and don’t splash, the kids loved the independence and relaxation of the hot bath experience.

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Hokkaido Tour 2016: Video Edit

Snowriders Western Australia spent 10 days in Hokkaido in February 2016. Here’s a quick edit showing the ‘captured’ highlights. We say ‘captured’, because there were plenty more than this…Hope you enjoy.

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Music credits: D*Note, “Shed my Skin”; Alesso Feat, “Years [Radio Edit]” – both from Ministry of Sound Running Trax: Summer 2013.

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Satire is not dead

Well at least snow satire isn’t anyway.

Yesterday’s post “Trump to ban snowboarding if he wins the US election” was clearly a fake.  It nevertheless caused an unprecedented outpouring of emotion; largely because people interpreted the headline literally. Yep, a good proportion of respondents actually took the article as fact.

That it caused such an emotional outpouring was great for the site, sure; but the ACTUAL intent was to spread some light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek humour about an otherwise very unfunny situation.  This wasn’t everyone’s take.

The article brought home a couple of things: (a) articles based on very little thought or research draw the biggest reaction and (b) a good proportion of the population will believe anything.  Perhaps we should write more satirical pieces.

So now we return to our usual role supplying you (hopefully) with relevant, useful information about the snow-sports industry, and its personalities.

For example, our interview with skiing legend Glen Plake is nearing completion and we hope to bring it you by the end of the month.  Otherwise we are busy working on two additional articles: one showcasing an alternative resort in Honshu, Japan, and another interview transcript; this time with up-and-coming Perth-based aerialist; the lovely Jayden Cooper.

Remember also that Snowriders WA followers are encouraged to submit their own articles for publication. We are particularly interested in receiving trip and/or product reviews along with a series of photographs and/or videos.

In the mean time and to douse the flames following yesterday’s satirical piece, we’ve included a photo of two gorgeous puppies in the snow. Because, who doesn’t love a puppy. Awww!

 Image courtesy of The Adventure Project, Chilean adventures.

Snowriders WA choose to stay at the Red Ski House, Niseko.

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