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Snows 2012 – v1

So snow season this year was quite fun, first trip was in late July with Steven Le and Gab as well as their family, sounds rather odd for me to be tagging along on a family trip, but it was wicked fun. We were down for 3 days, staying at a lodge on the base of the mountain at Thredbo, the walk to the Friday Flats was about 5 minutes and it was also right in front of the bus stop to the other side, heaps convenient.

Luckily the weather was brilliant and skies were nice and clear. First day was spent brushing up on skills, with a few runs on Friday flats before moving up Gun Barrel express for some runs higher up. Day 2 was spent with an early morning run of the super trail and a fair bit of time in the park, with plenty of big stacks to be had. Day 2 also had night riding which was spent mostly in wombat world where a few jumps were set up, more stacks here with silly attempts to do grabs and 180’s without too much success. Day 3 was spent doing a few runs and more time in the park, was pretty knackered by then with legs not wanting to cooperate.

Also got a few vids, but will post them up once collated and edited.

Here’s the rest of the few photos taken as well as the night-riding shots, half are out of focus as the focus ring was moved at some point.

Second Snow Trip

So with the long long weekend (1 day of leave plus a Bank Holiday) I headed down to the snows again with some of the 2011 CBA grads for another weekend of snowboarding action. Had a couple of goals for this trip, be ballsy enough to bring my camera up the mountain, be able to link turns, go up a t-bar with moderate confidence and do a 180 degree jump. Headed down to the snows early on Friday morning and spent our nights in East Jindabyne in a nice house which had some pretty decent views out the back.

House from the front
View from the house

Since I still don’t have my own board, I hired once again and recieved a brand new board that had never been used. The wax at the bottom was just so smooth, and I almost felt bad taking it because it wasn’t gonna go back the same..

Virgin snow board

Spent the first two days in Thredbo with some lovely sunny weather. Managed to catch up with Gab, Steven Le, Kim and co and spent most of the day with them. Second day managed to find Tang and John later in the arvo and was good to do some runs with them. Don’t have any photos from Thredbo as I wasn’t comfortable bringing the camera up yet. Perisher was a different story on Sunday with poor visibility all day (coupled with rain), managed to do a few runs but had trouble finding my way around. Was also sore from the previous days so took it easy during the morning.

Couldn't see anything

The last day was much better with the sun out and the skies pretty clear and the camera was out. Spent most of the day on blue and double blue runs, namely the excelerator which was just amazing fun. Last hours of the day were spent doing some jumps at one of the terrain parks.

Lovely view on a lovely day
How good does this look?!

All in all, a very fun trip, came back full of bruises but no broken parts :). Click the pic below for the rest of the photos.

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Snowy weekend #1

Had such a fun weekend at the snows with some good mates Andy, Richard and Peter learning to snowboard for the first time at Thredbo a few days ago. We spent early Friday morning on a mission to get ourselves to the snowy mountains for three days of fun filled adventure.

The boys

Getting there on Friday morning, the weather was great! Skies were clear and plenty of snow from the nights before. First thing was getting our gear, we hired from a place called Oz Snow Adventures at Jindabyne and it ended up being $375 for the board, boots, 3 day lift pass and a first timer’s lesson. Pretty steep. Once at the snow we grabbed some brekky and Richard and I waited for our lesson, 2 hours for $10. Pretty good value and learnt the basics of getting up the lifts and down the mountain.¬†After a couple of goes, Andy and Peter convince us to go along some ‘intermediate’ trails much higher up in the mountain.

Beautiful clear day

Second day we ventured even higher taking the Kosciusko Express up as we planned to get all the way to the top and take the long village trail down to the bottom. Unfortunately for us our plans were thwarted by our noobness and struggled to get up the T bar, eventually after many many attempts I got to the top but it was already 4.30pm and the lifts were closed. It was also windy as hell and visibility was really bad. So with my fogged up goggles we headed down to the base of the mountain.

Stormy second afternoon

Our last day at the snows wasn’t too great either, strong winds (basically a blizzard) meant that only two lifts were open, the one for Easy Does It and the Merritts lift meaning our options were rather limited. It was also freezing cold and almost impossible to see around. After 3 runs down we ended up on Easy Does It/Friday Flats and decided to try doing jumps over these small hills at the Wombat World kids area. Good fun but I struggled to stay upright after landing.

98km/h winds and crap visibility

Can’t wait to go again in a little under 2 weeks time and hopefully I’ll be able to switch from heelside to toeside with more confidence.