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Facebook, why do you hate us so much?

We’ve had it up to our eyeballs! Why? Well, as you might be aware, social media juggernaut, Facebook, recently changed the way it decides whether a post SHOULD or SHOULD NOT appear in your news feed. Yep, they decide, not you.

We just can’t keep up. First Facebook decided it liked photos, then it changed it’s mind and gave preferences to videos until that went out of style. Then it got all excited about live posts until that too became passé. Finally, they’ve decided anything is OK, but if you want to reach your followers you’d better be prepared to pay.

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*Scream!* We’ve had enough!

It is all part of Facebook’s new social responsibility thingy, or if we were more cynical, their efforts to restore some modicum of credibility after stealing your data for years before (most likely) selling it to the Russians. Only kidding Mark Z! Honest!

Facebook has gone all warm and fuzzy as it tries to restore the love between friends, lovers, family and neighbours. What that means for YOU is your news feed will now be filled with posts from friends and family (which is cool), and advertising (not cool) from companies that can afford to pay.  So, prepare to be inundated with posts from your Aunt Berril and the likes of Coca Cola and Pepsi.

While the latter is what’s really getting our goat (we like Aunt Berril, really!), we also reckon plenty of you would still (albeit occasionally) like to hear from us, a poor volunteer organisation, just trying to bring you the latest snow industry news, and the occasional rad video clip of skiiers and snowboarders hucking cliffs and riding neck deep powder.

Are we right?

If so, there’s something you can do. Simply go to our Facebook page, click on ‘follow’, then change the ‘default’ setting to the ‘see first’ setting. Ignore what it’d says. You wont see evening we publish at the top of your news feed. No – Facebook would never allow that.

What it does mean though is that our post will now have a snowflakes chance in hell (pun intended) of appearing somewhere on your page, from time to time. And we reckon that’s OK.

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At SRA our team of volunteers work hard to bring you this stuff. We don’t get paid, so it would be great if you could at least see the results of our efforts, from time to time, or even at all.

Wayne-o the Snowboarding Bogan

Wayno lies on a single futon on the third story of his staff accommodation block. Wearing nothing more than a stained pair of bonds and a three day growth, he stirs, lets out an audible fart, and rolls over.

Wayne – or Wayno – as he’s know to his mates, is an Australia Day bogan, a not so elusive creature, but one which peaks one day a year.

With a dry mouth, a bourbon aftertaste and half a mongrel, he opens one eye. He makes a dry smacking noise with his mouth, and reaches for his iphone.

Then it dawns on him. A smirk appears on his mouth. It’s Australia day, the one day a year when red blooded Australians, brimming with nationalistic pride, get to celebrate their white, middle classed ‘Aussieness’.

He emerges. Squinting, he surveys his surroundings. It’s cold. Snowing. The air ordinarily crisp and clean, is broken only by the acrid stench of his morning cigarette. Dressed in best koala onsie, he trudges to the bus stop.

The bus is full. Not deterred, he climbs on but only to be met with jeers from other Aussies, all dressed in onesies too. There’s a giraffe, a giant banana and strangely, several other koalas, one holding a inflatable doll, mouth gaping, draped in red lipstick

There are no seats. Perched on an arm rest, he reaches for his hip flask. “Hair of the dog”, he announces loudly, as he chugs it back. The giraffe, the banana and the numerous koalas cheer in chorus.

15 minutes later the crowd emerge at the top of the ski run. Some sober but most still too pissed to legally drive, they set of. It’s a Cannonball run. First to the bottom wins. Winner is first to the bottom and first to scull a pint of VB. Wayno is in his element. Yep. It’s Australia day in the mountains…If you’re not Australian “you’d better run, you’d better take cover”. Stay safe out there folks, and if you’re an Australian in the mountains, have fun and try not to piss too many people off 🙂

Blocking high pressure systems prevail

With a monster high pressure system hovering over the mainland, unfortunately there isn’t much chance of natural snow in the forecast this week 😦 High pressure systems block snow bearing cold fronts and push them south-east into the Tasman Sea, where they typically continue on their journey before crashing into New Zealand (great for our Kiwi friends, but not us).

The good news is high pressure systems typically bring sunny days and crisp, cold nights.  If it’s cold enough (and it should be), rest assured the snow guns WILL be cracking.

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Monday’s chart showing that big ar*e high over the mainland

 

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Wednesday’s chart with the high moving slowly east

Analysis of the BOM and Weatherzone charts tonight (10 June) shows the continued dominance of the high pressure system at least until Wednesday, after which the charts get a bit weird.  Some of the charts show the presence of an east coast low (ECL), moving from north to south down the east Australian seaboard – and it’s packing a lot of moisture, and not the frozen kind either 😦  Hopefully the models sort themselves out by the end of the week, and that ECL buggers off into the Tasman Sea.

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Friday’s weird chart showing the ECL on the eastern seaboard

Let’s pray to Ullr those pesky high pressure systems start to weaken soon 😦

 

Kid’s n’ snow gear: why you don’t need to take out a 2nd mortgage

By Clare Shiell

“We love dressing our kids in expensive gear only for them to grow out of it after one season!” – said NO ONE EVER!!!

Kids take a lot of effort – I never had grey hairs before I had kids, just saying – and the snow requires a lot of gear, and when it comes to gear, working out what’s essential and what’s not can be tricky.  As the Snowriders Australia – Victoria President, I clearly love skiing, and fortunately for me, my two kids love it too.  They also have champagne taste… but I’m a renowned bargain hunter and in my many years of planning and taking ski trips, I’ve got the kids outfitting down to a fine art. Continue reading Kid’s n’ snow gear: why you don’t need to take out a 2nd mortgage

Aussie alpine Frog on the brink of extinction

The corroboree frog

With contrasting black and yellow markings, the corroboree frog is an obvious and striking example of the beauty of Australian nature.  What isn’t obvious is that it shares with skiiers and boarders an unusual geographic overlap: we are both at home in the Australian alpine environment.  Because these frogs lie dormant beneath the winter snow and ice, there’s every chance you’ve been within meters of these iconic and beautiful animals, without even knowing it.   Continue reading Aussie alpine Frog on the brink of extinction

Jon Hutchins, Hotham CEO: on the challenges of operating a ski resort in the 21st Century

Hotham Alpine Resort, nestled in the Victorian highlands, is clearly an Australian favourite. Boosting average annual snow falls of 3 m, and some of the most challenging and picturesque terrain on offer anywhere, Hotham is an iconic destination for skiiers and boarders alike.

In this article, the latest in our 15 minute series, we caught up with Hotham CEO, Jon Hutchins, to get the low down on what’s happening at the resort, the challenges it faces, and most importantly, whether he and his staff are allowed to ski/board on powder days…..  Continue reading Jon Hutchins, Hotham CEO: on the challenges of operating a ski resort in the 21st Century

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?

3 golden rules for predicting Aussie snowfall events

With all the snow and excitement of the last few days, we thought we’d offer a quick lesson on how to predict Aussie snow events using a few simple rules.

In our experience, the difficulty is not in predicting when it’s going to snow, but how much is going to fall.

At Snowriders WA we like to keep it simple. Unlike our cold blooded friends, Snowatch’s Pete ‘the Frog’ Taylor and Mountainwatch’s, ‘the Grasshopper’, we are no experts; but we have been around the mountains long enough to know the difference between a snow-bearing system and a non-snow-bearing system.  If you can handle a bit of G-rated science, we offer a few simple rules to get you started as an amateur snow forecaster. Continue reading 3 golden rules for predicting Aussie snowfall events