Dance of joy

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My feet hardly touch the ground on a powder day…

Thredbo Rainy Day

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Pete & friends certainly know how to keep themselves occupied on a rainy day in the mountains!
A couple of photos from Peter Tuck – Saturday 10th of September.

Off-piste piss-up

Sundeck snowman

Heaven & Hell

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Al’s Thredbo Report : Sunday 11th of September – Monday 12th of September

Due to yet another forecast of big rain followed by a bit of snow, I decided to ride Sunday-Monday, & work on Saturday to make up for it. Luckily my good pal Lloyd has a flexible work pattern too, so at 8pm, while most of Sydney were on their 3rd vodka, we hit the M5 for the long haul to the high country…

Saturday night:
Arrive at lodge approx 1am… it’s warm & raining… we say a little prayer to Huey & hit the sack.

Sunday:
Still quite warm, & no snow. This was expected, but still dissapointing. A quick drive up the hill to a suspiciously quiet Thredbo carpark… as Lloyd buys his ticket (& I score my free day, thanks to my Thredbo Club points – sweet) it starts snowing – Hooray! Alas, it was just a tease – it stops after 1 minute :(

As we ride up Kosciosko express, it’s obvious that the lower mountain is totally stuffed – huge areas of absolutely zero snow! The rain has stripped our fine ski area to the bone! Trying to look on the bright side, we do a couple of laps on the Supertrail, ollying grass/mud/rocks/gravel along the way, & seeking bumps to spin off. Around 11am it starts snowing a bit harder, switching between graupel & fat flakes as the wind comes & goes. Within an hour, we can see the primary surface being filled in by clean, white powder :)

From about 1pm to 4.30pm, we are riding shallow freshies, so we hit the Bluff & Black Sallys for some big powder turns – Huey has come through with the goods! There were no lift lines all day, so we are seriously exhausted – back to the lodge, spa, sauna, beer, dinner & we crash out in the lounge… then crawl into bed by 8pm – Zzzzzz.

Monday:
15cm overnight! thats the claim… bit of a stretch really – more like 10cm, but who’s complaining?! Feeling well rested after our sizeable snooze, we race up the hill & find ourselves close to pole position – no. 15 in the freshies queue, & I didnt even have to do the Sgt. Major routine! Must remember to send the troops to bed early before future powder days…

10 laps of the Kosi chair later, & it’s finally tracked out – I’ve never had so much mileage from 1 lift at Thredbo! There are no lift lines at all. Riding the lower areas (with no base) is something between heaven & hell – if you turn gently & stay quite flat, you’re on powder, but if you need to lay down a hard turn, it’s straight through to whatever lies below… We venture to skiiers left of cannonball, for 2 laps of some sweet untracked pow in the trees. Our quads are turning to jelly, & its only 11am!

An early lunch & we’re back into it – some wicked windblown pow in the trees off the Antons T-bar, then we explore the remains of the boarder-cross track at Sponars. It’s quite freaky up there – total white-out, & the berms have become ice-bergs, looming ominously from the fog, & revealing pockets of windblown powder – nice! Back to the Bluff for some fresh sloppy-seconds, & we’re spent by 3pm. After dropping through the thin cover & hitting grass/rocks/logs/gravel, my poor punished plank looks like it’s been ravaged by a rabid wombat, but nothing some lovingly applied p-tex wont fix ;)

Al Ferg



Juicy MRF!

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Word on the ski.com.au weather forum is that we are in for a big dump this weekend… The Frog’s forecast is actually downgraded today, so it will be interesting to see what his thoughts are as we near the event. Today’s Unisys MRF is certainly looking extremely sweet!

Furano, Hokkaido hold promotion events in Aus.

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Furano a ski resort town in central Hokkaido, apparently known as “the navel of Hokkaido”(!!), is holding a series of promotional events. They will be showing some powder DVDs and giving out some info.

9th- Pontoon Bar, Sydney, 12:00~ 8:00
13th- Manning House Sydney Uni, evening
14th (and 15th probably)- Swindlers in Hotham
18th- Paul Reader in Chatswood, all day

for more info, keep an eye on this thread on ski.com.au

Some nice Furano photos here.

Furano reviews on snowjapan.com.

Ferguson quits boarding!?

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Breaking News!
Ferguson quits boarding – Says “X-Country is the way forward!”

High profile snowboarder and frequent updater of the LPL list Al Ferguson has stashed his snowboard in the shed – permanently.
Sick of ever-increasing queues, lift prices and the slushy sugary snow of the Thredbo lower slopes, Ferguson has turned to the back country to satisfy his cravings for the white stuff.

“Once I strapped on the X-country skis, I felt lighter, freer more spiritual even. I’m skiing with the mountain now, not against it. It’s a revelation!” Ferguson gushes.

His old snowboarding crew were cagey about Al’s new obsession -

“I dunno man. If its what he wants, go for it.” One boarder said. “Whatever makes him happy”.
Others were less forgvining. “As far as I’m concerned, Al’s gone off the rails”.

Al Ferguson can now be found lurking around the bargain section of Paddy Palin, perusing out of date camping food and sporting last years thermal underwear – worn on the outside…

Dylan Yeo

Smorgasbord of Snow Goodness

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Dylan’s Perisher Blue Report : Monday 29th of August – Friday 2nd of September

Just got back from 5 days – it was a smorgasbord of snow goodness.

We had it all…

- groomed up cordoroy
- ice
- slush
- sugar
- tracked out moguls
- freshies!
- deep heavy snow in secret out of the way places in guthega!

There was no rain, and a reasonable amount of snow. Only one day of blizzard (wed) – I sat that one out and refreshed for two gruelling days Thursday and Friday. Monday and Tuesday were awesome days too.

I was so excited after the week I bit the bullet and bought a pair of all-mountain K2 Apache Xs. Mmmmmm – high speed carving goodness!

Dylan Yeo

Dylan fuels his skiing by eating bananas, & has devised this special beanie to carry them around the slopes…

Spring brings snow

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See ya, winter… good riddance actually – I’m afraid you’ve been a bit crap!

Here’s hoping spring might make up for it by being cold & snowy – with up to 25cm of snow falling yesterday, we’re off to a good start!

Falls Creek

Chalky freshies at Karels, Thredbo

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