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Brodie Summers: Sunny by nature; nerves of ice-cold steel

If I told you Australia is building a formidable reputation in world mogul skiing, would you believe me?

It’s true! In fact, our potential was hinted as far back as the Sochi Olympics, with Britt Cox finishing 5th, Nicole Parks 15th and Taylah O’Neil 16th in the women’s and Matt Graham 7th and Brodie Summers 13th, in the men’s event. Continue reading Brodie Summers: Sunny by nature; nerves of ice-cold steel

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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An indoor ski facility for Perth?

Western Australia has the potential to join the ranks of the UAE and major Europe centers when it opens a new indoor ski center, according to developers.  Details about the new facility are scarce, but it is understood by Snowriders Western Australia that developers are looking for a 12 hectare site close to Perth with a slope at least 400 m in length.   The center which will augment Perth’s existing tourism attractions, is expected to be supported by Western Australia’s active population, a significant portion of which regularly travel east or overseas to ski/board, according to the website.

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Image: view up the slope from the proposed foyer (West Coast Snow Park) Continue reading An indoor ski facility for Perth?

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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Gulmarg, India – in moving pictures

A trip to Gulmarg is an amazing and unforgettable experience. However, pulling the trigger and actually deciding to go is not an easy decision for many, especially since there isn’t a lot of information about Gulmarg.  As they say in the classics, a picture is worth a thousand words, especially when the pictures are ‘moving’.  So, our friend, Matt Appleford, at The Adventure Project has kindly gather together some of the most interesting Gulmarg videos available online. Continue reading Gulmarg, India – in moving pictures

Review: Niseko – Japan

About Niseko

Niseko is located approximately 100 km south of Sapporo, a city of some 2 million people on the Island of Hokkaido. For a long time, Niseko has been the Japanese skiing destination of choice for Australians. Once making up close to 70% of Niseko’s clientele, it may surprise some to learn that the proportion of Australians is now closer to 35% given the now large seasonal influx of people from Europe (8%), North America (3%) and Asia (26%) (mainly Hong Kong, but increasingly Thailand!); Aussies still predominate however, and its difficult to go anywhere without hearing that familiar Aussie drawl… Want to read more? Click here!