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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

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

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

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.

Continue reading When skiing turns nasty: my $2K ambulance ride