Derek Chan reporting for last weekend – 17th/18th of July.

Last weekend was fantastic, have not had snow that dry here before. tree runs through snowgums were brilliant, and had the pleasure of an untracked stanleys on saturday afternoon (even caused a mini-avalanche there) with full face shots on the first run! big grins all round. Unfortunately some goombah skiers saw us duck the ropes and followed us down – they had no idea what they were in for and basically snow ploughed their way through it, thus taking all the cover off (bastards!). Main trail was pretty average apart from the first few runs, icy bits showing through particularly up the top, so didn’t even venture to the bluff or golf course etc. Only took an hour or two before the section near meadows was getting choppy, the first couple of runs were very smooth for tip and turn carves. trees were the order of the day and they delivered. More rope ducking provided exceptional runs down the secret cat track at the bottom of merrits and the schuss.

If only we’d won the rugby, would have capped the weekend off!

Must be getting old, the traverses kill me and I’m getting a bit shy on airtime this season. did a great face stack and broke my goggles (mental note to self – test the jump out with a straight air first before trying rotations), Tom fully headbutted a tree and is very glad he bought a helmet last season. My bruises are nearly gone but me nose is still sore! Walking into the bank on monday I’m sure everyone thought I was about to rob the joint!