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Snoga: It’s yoga for skiers

So you like yoga, but have you tried snoga? Snoga is the brainchild of Falls Creek local,  Janette Lawson, and it’s the latest craze to be sweeping the Aussie resorts.

To us, skiing and yoga are an unlikely pair. But speaking with Janette, we now understand this is a misconception: by definition yoga is the act of preparing the body for mediation, achieved by quietening the mind and focusing on one thing.  “Skiing is just that”, explains Lawson. “…It’s meditation in motion, particularly on advanced terrain, when really we are just focusing on the next turn”.

“Skiing is just like yoga”, explains Lawson.  “…It’s meditation in motion, particularly on advanced terrain, when really we are just focusing on the next turn”.

Lawson believes this is why guests feel just as rejuvenated from a snow holiday – despite the physical demands – as they do from a week spent by the pool in Bali. “True rest only comes when the mind is quiet. Mindfulness is found on the slopes and yoga is the perfect counterpoise to the physical strain placed on the body during a ski trip.”

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Snoga is hosted by instructors Jane and Janette, and run out of one of Falls Creek Resort’s most awarded lodges, Trackers Mountain Lodge.

Trackers Snoga Retreats are the perfect fusion of the best things in life; good food, new friends, skiing and the beautiful practice of yoga with stunning views of snow covered alps as your backdrop. Retreats are suitable for singles or couples. Non yoga partners and adult family members are welcome to stay without participating in yoga sessions if they wish.

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Yin Retreat

Qualified instructors will take you through a slower paced retreat designed to nourish body and soul and to get your central nervous system purrrrrring. Yin Yoga is a slower modality of yoga where poses are held for longer so that connective tissue – the fascia – is gently stressed and hydrated.

Complete beginners to elite athletes and everyone in between benefit from practicing Yin.  Your day starts with a leisurely breakfast and then a 90 min Yin class, after that the day is your own to spend as you with before we reconvene for an evening yin class.

Retreat

This is a more active retreat designed for the accomplished practitioner.  The day starts with a 90 min Vinyasa Class and we meet in the evening for a 60 min yin class to stretch and release after a day on the slopes.

“HypnoYoga”

This retreat is deeply restorative and suitable for beginner to advanced practitioners.

Hypnosis is best described as a deep state of relaxation.  In other words, a normal, natural, healthy state of mind. In this relaxed state the subconscious mind can be accessed and blocks that prevent us from living our optimal lives can be explored.

All attendees will have one on one time with the retreat facilitator to discuss individual concerns or goals so numbers are limited to 10 attendees Your day will start with a light breakfast then a gentle “Yin – Yang” session of 60 mins.  After breakfast the day is your own to do with as you wish; ski, snowboard, a long leisurely lunch or just relaxing fireside at the lodge.  We will reconvene late afternoon for a 45-60 min Restorative class performed with hypnotic induction.

All prices are based on twin share with same sex room share allocation.  Double and family rooms are available.

All retreats are $1250 twin share and $1750 single share.  All retreats include breakfast, dinners, afternoon teas, all day tea and coffee, one snow picnic or snow based activity and use of all lodge facilities.  Additional optional activities available for guests include snow mobile tours, skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing.

For more information and bookings go to http://www.trackers.com.au/contact-us/

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2017 produces all time conditions for Australia’s premier nordic skiing event

If you haven’t heard of the Kangaroo Hoppet, it’s time you did. The Kangaroo Hoppet is Australia’s premier long distance (42 km) cross country ski race, and a member of the prestigious Worldloppet series of international cross country ski events.  Kangaroo Hoppet is held annually at Victorian Alpine Resort, Falls Creek.

As much as the event can be affected by lower than average snow falls, this years’ epic falls presented problems of their own. Following the much publicized Blizzard of Oz events and high winds, the entire Hoppet course had to be rebuilt in less than a week by the Falls Creek Resort Management with assistance from Parks Victoria.  The efforts of staff produced all time conditions, and the ‘icing on the cake’ was a hugely exciting race.

Half a boot separated American entrant and winner Mike Havlick and second placed Australian skier Phillip Bellingham after 42km. Third place went to the Swiss, Valerio Leccardi from Switzerland, and head coach of the Australian Cross country team.

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Men’s podium (from left: Phillip Bellingham, Mike Havlick and Valerio Leccardi)

In the women’s event, Australia came out on top with Barbara Jezersek taking 1st place, American Mary Rose second and Iris Pessey of France third.

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Women’s podium (from left: Mary Rose, Barbara Jezersek and Iris Pessey)

In addition to the fantatsic efforts of the athletes, feedback was also glowing for the race organizers. Conditions for the 42km Hoppet, the 21km Australian Birkebeiner and the 7km Joey Hoppet were magnificent according to race director, Peter Cunningham:

”The weather was brilliant. blue skies, the snow temperature -4C one hour before the race, the snow didn’t chop up at all the entire race and the groomers provided nice straight classic grooves and in some spots, the course was two to three groomers wide in Sun Valley allowing skiers to spread out and pass one another safely.”

For more information regarding the Kangaroo Hoppet event visit http://www.hoppet.com.au/

Main image credit: mike@top shots, Falls Creek; Podium images credit: http://www.hoppet.com.au/

Spring is in the air and there’s never been a better time to ski

After the Blizzard of Oz 1 and 2, it’s safe to say that 2017 has been one of the best seasons in living memory. And with over 100 cm of snow still on the ground in most resorts, it’s also fair to say that if you’ve ever contemplated a spring skiing holiday, now is the time to do it.

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Image courtesy Snowatch http://www.snowatch.com.au/

And why wouldn’t you with some of the deals on offer.

Discounted lift passes

Both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek are offering a special ‘spring pass‘ for $449. The spring pass gets you 28 days of skiing for the price of a 4-day pass. That’s unlimited access to 158 runs across both Hotham and Falls Creek from September 4 – October 1. Get in quick though. Spring Passes are released for a limited time only, buy before 25 August to save and avoid disappointment.

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Ruined Castle, Falls Creek this week. Image: Falls Creek

Discounted family lift & lesson packages

Hotham are also offering a family fun pass this September. Kids Ski FREE while parents enjoy 50% off lift passes, group lessons and equipment hire! The package includes:

  • 3 x Days Adult Lift and Lesson
  • 3 x Days Kids Ski FREE Lift Pass
  • 3 x Days Ski or Board Equipment Hire per person
  • 3 x Night Stay in Schnapps 2 bedroom/2 bedroom Apartment

Inclusive cost starts from $235.00 per adult per night* and $138.00 per child per night* based on a 6 person share. And, BOOK BY AUGUST 31 and Hotham Holidays will also cover your 3-day resort entry!

Across the way at Falls Creek, Alpine View Apartments are offering a similar value family fun in the snow pass. From the 3 September to the 1 October, receive:

  • 5 Nights Apartment Style Accommodation
  • 2 Bedroom 6 Share Value Apartment
  • 5 Day Lift Pass.
  • 5 Group Lessons Per Adult.
  • 5 Full Days of Snowsports School Per Child
  • 5 Days Ski or Board Rental.

All for the low price of $859 per adult and &766 per child (3-17 yrs). To book call 1800 45 35 25 or email accom@fallscreek.net. Quote Code AV50JSH.

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A Falls Creek sunset. Image: Falls Creek

Accommodation

Spring is also a great time to secure some great accommodation deals. How does $40 a night sound at the Snowbird Mt Hotham? Just enter SKISEPT into the Promotional Code Box located here. Valid throughout September. Minimum 2 nights’ stay. Subject to availability.

If Falls Creek is more your cup of tea, Gebi’s Apartments also have a great low season deal (valid 3 September to the 1 October). For $723 per adult and 649 per child (3-17), you’ll receive:

  • 4 Nights Apartment Style Accommodation
  • 2 Bedroom 4 Share Apartment
  • 4 Day Lift and Lesson pass per Adult
  • 4 Full Days of Snowsports School per Child
  • 4 Days Ski or Board Rental

To book go to the website contact page and quote Code GB2608.

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Hotham’s iconic summit area for beginners (about 50 m from the Snowbird)

2017 opening weekend is here and it’s set to be a cracker!

With a good mix of natural snow falls and perfect conditions for snow making, this opening weekend is set to be a cracker!  For the low down on what’s happening, read on.

Falls Creek

Falls Creek is not called the ‘snow farm’ for nothing.  True to form, they’ve accumulated plenty of fresh this week, especially on the south side and the staff have been cranking the snow guns at every opportunity. While its not certain exactly how much terrain will open, a little birdie tells us the team have been working hard on Towers, Main St, Nastar, Wombat’s & Mouse Trap. Expect an official announcement in the morning 😉  For the full schedule of events and further announcements keep an eye on their website by clicking the image below.

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Hotham

Hotham has also enjoyed a cracking start to the season.  Yesterday Hotham announced the Summit Quad, Big D and Summit Trainer will all be spinning this opening weekend! Consistent snowfalls together with cold conditions have set the scene perfectly.  Cooler temperatures have allowed the snow guns to work their magic and the resort has never looked so good so early in the season!

And there’s more!! Hotham are set to bring in the 2017 snow season with a cracking fireworks display from 7pm.  Otherwise check out the action in the bars and retail outlets, from bubble wine and cheese at One-Tree Sports Boutique & Ski Shop, quality food and live music (Chill Bar & Café, Swindlers, The General and Zirky’s). You can also practice your skills at Hotham 360, Hotham’s newest indoor ski slope.  Click on the image below for the latest news.

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Image courtesy Mt Hotham

Buller

Buller this year invested $1.6 million in new snowmaking facilities, including its new Snowfactory technology which can make snow in any temperature. This clearly  paid off with the opening of Bourke Street last Friday for night skiing.  Buller has also done well this week receiving a healthy mix of natural snow and ideal temperatures for further snow making.  Today Buller announced that in addition to Blue Bullet, which has been operating since last week, Skyline, Express and ABOM are scheduled to open tomorrow.  Keep an eye on their website for further announcements.

As is tradition, there will be lots of  festivities right across the mountain with lots of free entertainment over the long weekend. The program is packed with fun activities for the kids like face painting and hula hooping, complimentary hot chocolate, gluhwein, roasted chestnuts and toasted marshmallows for everyone. Plus they have a fantastic live act performing on the village stage and of course their season opening fireworks display at 6:00pm. For the latest news click on the image below.

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Perisher

Thanks to consistent natural snow falls, snow making and lots of hard work by the grooming team, Perisher announced today it is opening nine (yes NINE) lifts this weekend, commencing Friday.   Enjoy some turns on Goats Gully or shredding down Escapade. Perisher are planning to open the Happy Valley T-Bar, the Village 8 Express, Sturt and Mitchell T-Bars as well as the ski conveyor for beginners. The Perisher Kids area will also make its debut including the 2 ski conveyors and Tom Thumb! To top it all off Perisher are also celebrating with a huge fireworks display on Saturday night at 7pm over Perisher’s Front Valley!  For more information click on the image below.

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Thredbo

Expect big celebrations at Thredbo this weekend as it celebrates it 60th birthday.  On the snow front, the long weekend is shaping up to be awesome with Cruiser, High Noon and Friday Flat all expected to open. But its not all about the snow!  On Saturday there will be five hours of tunes in the outdoor Village Square. Headlining is rising pop powerhouse Montaigne, her album Glorious Heights.

Did someone say fireworks? The region’s biggest fireworks display will light up Kosciuszko at 6pm while the king of carving Kenji Ogawa, fires up the chainsaw to create an icy village sculpture that will becomes the centrepiece of the popular GH Mumm Village Long Lunch on Sunday (now sold out).

The kids will be entertained too with lots to do including a village wide treasure hunt, face painting and art sessions. Keep an eye out for the roving mischievous Magician who is sure to amaze all ages with his sleight of hand bag of tricks.  The village bars and restaurants will be open, the party program big and with activities galore, this is set to be a lot of fun.  Get the latest by clicking on the image below.

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So you like yoga, but HAVE you tried Snowga!

Trackers Mountain Lodge, in the heart of Falls Creek Alpine Village, is building a reputation for its Yoga Retreats in the picture-postcard alpine resort’s snow season.

To enhance its standing amongst yoga enthusiasts the owner (an enthusiastic yogi follower) has pulled off quite a coup! Byron Bay-based Tara (pronounced ‘Terra’) Fitzgibbon, who has embraced all things yoga for over 18 years, is coming south to host the second September Snoga Retreat at Trackers Mountain Lodge.

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Image: meet Tara

Tara will incorporate Yin Yoga into her repertoire at the quintessential ski lodge when she hosts a five-day Snoga Retreat between 11-16 September. With over 18 years experience, Tara’s yoga classes and Yoga Nidra meditations are deeply restorative and nourishing for the soul.

Yin Snoga Retreat $1195 per person twin share including: Lodge-style accommodation, Daily Morning and evening Yin Yoga Sessions, Breakfasts, Dinners and daily afternoon teas, all day tea and coffee, Welcome and departure functions, Cross-country ski adventure, High country picnic, Laughs, lightness and joy.

Enquiries to info@trackers.com.au  Lodge Manager Brian 035758 3346 or Janette 0400 77 00 34

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Massive snowfalls to hit Aussie resorts

After an already epic start to the season (see our previous report), this week will see another round of significant snowfalls in the Aussie hills.  After a bit of a wet start to the week (as the pre-frontal rain moves through), all models are now pointing to significant snowfalls to very low levels on Tuesday, with snow showers continuing through Wednesday.  Presently, Pete ‘the Frog’ Taylor at Snowatch is calling for 18 – 37 cm across the resorts, and the Grasshopper at  Mountainwatch is calling 41-51 cm in the Vic Resorts and 30-35 in the NSW resorts. Continue reading Massive snowfalls to hit Aussie resorts

15 mins with Australian skiing legend, Steven Lee

This interview represents the first in what we hope will be a series of regular ’15 minute’ interviews, delving deep into the minds of the snow-industry professionals, snowsports heroes (old and new) and well….just a good bunch of interesting people, all of whom have cut their lives in and around the mountains. The interviews will hopefully inspire you, may surprise you AND if we’ve done our job properly, could make you quit your job and move to the mountains permanently……you can thank us if that happens.

In skiing-circles, our first guest needs no introduction.  Steven Lee was practically born with skis on his feet, and was a prodigious talent from a young age. Introduced to the sport at age three in the Victorian resort of Falls Creek, he rose through the ranks quickly, impressing at a National level as a teenager, before being selected at age 22 for the Sarajevo Olympics, in 1984. Steve went on to ski in three Olympics, Sarajevo, Calgary and Albertville, and was a main-stay in the World Cup circuit until 1992, picking up a gold medal in the Furano Super Giant Slalom along the way.  To his CV, he can also add sports commentator (for channels 7, 9 and 10), co-founder of Chill Factor magazine, and more than 10 years as national selector and president of Falls Creek Race Club. He has also done skiing stunt-work in skiing adventure films starring Roger Moore and Jackie Chan.

When we caught up with Steve, he was nestling back into life in his home of Falls Creek, having just returned from Hakuba, Japan, where he spends his summers running Hakuba Powder Detours.  The winter had once gain started slowly, but Steve was optimistic that at least mother nature was trying……

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When skiing turns nasty: my $2K ambulance ride

Back in 2007, I was a hot skiier. Fresh off the back of a season (90 days straight skiing), I knew every bump, every crack and every obstacle on the mountain. I had one gear: fast.

Enter my cryptonite: first trip away with my new girlfriend (GF), combined with an excruciatingly painful afternoon on the bunny slope. There on the left of the bunny slope was a temptation too great for any mortal overly confident skiier, and completely irresistible to any man spending the afternoon on the bunny slope with his GF – yes, a terrain park – (a) it was a chance to show off and (b) it was a chance to momentarily end the boredom.

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