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it’s cold...

I am writing this on the 1st of June, and it is cold; we go to print in a week

and the only word that comes to mind is anticipation. The winter salivation

has begun, like a dog waiting for dinner you start dribbling for snow, you

start looking at the weather, storms coming, temperature dropping, the odd

dump of snow. Then all of a sudden, a big storm hits, and some areas, like Mt

Dobson get over 2m in one night.

Each year we go through this same process wishing for an early season but

knowing regardless it will come. Putting Ski and Snow Magazine together

you get to see what’s new, what is hot and what is the same. But it is all part

of building that anticipation which in reality is a major part of any ski season.

This season, all being well, will go down in history as one of the biggest. We

know of hotels in some areas that are completely booked out already for the

season, some took more bookings in one day when the bubble opened with

Australia than from records began. The likes of Bachcare are up a staggering

85%. That will put a lot more people on the slopes, which is great for the

resorts (but possibly not the kiwi locals).

But stores will sell more, restaurants will cook more, bars will serve and...

money will flow and with that input of currency things will slowly start to get

back to normal. It would be foolish to think that it we are back to ‘normal’, that

will take years if ever. But it is a start, and we know those seeds are sown

because we can see the pre- booking, so baring a massive covid explosion or

some other zombie apocalypse. We are on the right track.

Cheers, Steve Dickinson (Editor)

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iding high with

nico porteous

If Nico Porteous was a rugby player or if he hit a golf ball, he would be on the front

and centre of the sporting pages throughout New Zealand. But Nico is a halfpipe

skier, not a main stream sport, so despite being one of the best in the world, little is

known about Nico outside of the world of skiing.

Nico is an Olympic bronze medallist, an X Games gold medallist in freeski

halfpipe and current freeski halfpipe World Champion. He made history at the

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, becoming NZ's youngest Olympic

medallist when he was just 16 years old. He is New Zealand's first freeskier to earn

an Olympic medal and the first male New Zealand athlete to medal at the Olympic

Winter Games. He made history again when he won New Zealand's first Freeski

SuperPipe X Games gold medal in 2021.

So we thought we’d find out a little more about Nico, and caught up with him to

have a chat about life, the pandemic, training, and even his tinder profile!

Nico in action at the X Games - image compliments of ESPN

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2020-2021 has been unique in terms of covid, how has the pandemic

affected you personally and professionally?

2021 and 2020 have definitely been unique in terms of Covid, you know.

With there being a global pandemic going on it was a tough decision in

the first place to even leave home morally. Travelling around where you

make the problem a lot worse and by doing that it doesn’t really help it, so

personally that was really tough to make that decision to come overseas

and to compete. But in terms of professionally, I’ve actually had one of the

best years of my life. It’s been amazing, I’ve learnt so much about myself

and my skiing and experienced so many cool things, and in a way it’s been

really nice staying in places longer than we normally would due to Covid

travel restrictions.

X Games in Aspen you won Gold running the right 16 then the left

how much time and effort had gone into that, can you explain how

you get to that level – I have watched it several times and still can’t

get my head around it?

X-Games was crazy, winning gold was something I’ll never forget, and was

definitely one of the proudest moments of my life. The right 16 took a lot

of work, you know, the time and energy that not only myself put into it but

Tommy, my coach and Cardrona building facilities ,and travelling the world

chasing this one trick, was definitely tough at times. We did lots of bag

training, lots of trampoline training, 4 times a week on the trampoline. We

were lucky to have a bag at Cardrona so we were on that at least 4 times

a week, and so I learnt it for the first time in Sept 2020 and did it again two

weeks before X-Games, I guess it just all worked out. There was definitely

a bit of luck to that but that’s all part of the game. A lot of time and effort went

into it, around a year and a half.

When throwing down the right 16 and then the left how much of that

movement is simply muscle memory and how much is cognitive

adjustment on the snow and in the air?

When I do the right 16, a lot of it is definitely muscle memory, at this stage

at least. I’ve probably only done maybe 20 in my life. So a lot of it is relying

on muscle memory that I’ve built up. But every single half pipe is different

and so I have to make minor adjustments from half pipe to half pipe and

it takes time and sometimes you get it wrong, but the times that you get it

right it pays off.

Image courtesy of ESPN

“X-Games was crazy,

winning gold was

something I’ll never forget,

and was definitely one of

the proudest moments of

my life.”

How did it feel with no crowds there?

No crowds is such a blessing in disguise cause I’m not someone who

feeds off the crowds. I kind of like to get into my own zone, so no crowds

made it feel like another training day which made it easier for sure not

having 10,000 people screaming their heads off. Na but it was really cool.

I think it was Tommy who said that he felt it was an advantage in that

the lack of crowds as it lowered the nerves – is that true?

100% I definitely felt like it was a positive, and advantage with no crowds

because it definitely lowered the nerves. Like I said it felt like another

training day.

In terms of fear – a lot of that above the lip stuff if it goes wrong could

end badly does that factor in, do you train that out or simply deal

with it?

Fear is a massive thing for me as a pipe skier, obviously it’s present and

stuff can go really really wrong. But I just kinda trust myself and trust

my ability and trust all the hard work I’ve put into preparing for that one

moment. Obviously we’re human and we make mistakes but I just try to

factor that out and just calculate ever risk as much as I can so we can lower

the potential of injury.

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In action at the X Games - Image by Tommy Pyatt


I can’t recall the year, but one year at Snow Park Tavis Rice pulled off an amazing

jump, it was so much more than anyone had done before. I was surprised at his

fellow athletes’ response; it was not one of appreciation it was ‘now the bar is set way

too high’. When you pull something together that one else has done – how do others

respond?

Yeah, like with the sport progressing so fast these days, all my fellow competitors have been

super positive and stoked for me and it goes both ways, I’m like as stoked for them that they

are pushing the limits in different ways. When you pull something together that no one has

ever done, everyone was just super stoked, we’re a tight knit family as pipe skiers and we’re

all really good mates.

In terms of sporting achievement this year X Games and the 1620s was off the scale.

It did get some coverage in the media – but in my opinion nowhere near enough. Do

you feel the sport is under represented in mainstream media?

Thank you very much, I really do appreciate that. In my opinion, this is s such a hard question,

cause in my situation I’m not in it for the media or the fame, I’m in it just to be myself and to ski

as best as I possibly can. So I don’t let it phase me if it doesn’t get the media. I just go out there

and ski and iIf people want to watch it and if they don’t they don’t. Like I said, for me it’s just

about me going out there and trying to better myself rather than impress someone on media.

Nearly every professional skier I know carries injuries. Is that an issue for you, is it

something you are aware of?

Injuries is a big part of our sport, we’re in a risky sport and we’re putting our bodies on the line

on a day to day basis, but touch wood, I’m pretty lucky in the fact that I haven’t had anything

too bad. I broke my foot atter X-Games and made it back just in time for the World Champs,

Tthat was one of the most stressful injuries I’ve had to deal with in my career. I’m super super

lucky. I realise it’s something that happens but I just weight up the risks and live my life pretty

much.

I asked Tommy if he had any good questions this is what he came up with...

Have any of the dating apps been working out for you?

Tommy’s questions – crack up… Dating apps… hmmm don’t really know how to answer this.

Yeah they haven’t been working out, I’m not really someone who does that. I am on tinder!

They definitely don’t work out but I’m on there.

“When you pull something

together that no one has

ever done, everyone was

just super stoked, we’re a

tight knit family as pipe

skiers and we’re all really

good mates.”

What’s been going on with your hair this season?

I kind of just thought when I left NZ I knew I was going into lockdown and wouldn’t be able

to get a haircut for a while so I said, stuff it, you know hair grows back so I thought I’d have a

bit of fun with it. Something to do while I was sitting at hime. it started off with a red mohawk,

ran that through X-Games then after Xgames I was sitting at home with a broken foot and I

thought to shave my head completely with a razor and shaving foam and had a bowling ball

for a bit. When that grew out I did cheetah print and now I’ve just let the cheetah print grow

out, not too sure what’s next on the cards, we’ll see.

You have some new artwork to share? What are these and who did them. (tattoos)

I got a few tattoos recently this season. While I was sitting at home I did a couple on myself

with a stick and poke using Indian ink. I got like a lightning, I call it lightning juice, just a cool

drawing that I did , it’s just a little doodle and a knife on my leg. Another one is a prison bar on

my ribs done by a friend of mine in Laaks, I was there on a two week free ski break. I had the

design in mind and he was like, yeah sweet come round. I really like that one. And another

one on my chest that I drew myself, it’s just a smiling face with a scribble as a brain cause for

me it represents how sometimes you go through stuff that leaves your brain in a bit of a clutter.

So I just drew it an now it’s on me for the rest of my life. I’m super stoked with my new tattoos.

How is Uni going?

Unis going alright. It’s very hard to juggle training, competing, travelling then sit down on your

laptop for 5 hours a week and bang out a uni assignment. No slowly ticking along, just doing

an accounting paper right now. It’s one of those things that it’s definitely hard to juggle but we

make it work.

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It’s not all work being on the competitive road - Image by Tommy Pyatt


our beautiful

backyard

Words by Janina Kuzma

Let's rewind to early 2020, when flying

internationally was a regular part of my

skiing life. I boarded a flight to the capital

of Indonesia, Jakarta, to meet with the

Indonesian Government, Minister of

Tourism, to propose a project to get funding

for a film project that was in the works to ski

the last remaining tropical glacier in West

Papua. I then flew back to Canada for a

couple of weeks to shoot some ski photos

before boarding a plane back home to NZ to

complete my Snow and Ice Training Course

(Part of the NZMGA ski guide pathway).

After ten days, I once again boarded a plane

back to my base in Canada to finish the

Northern Hemisphere winter.

During this time, I must say I was pretty

naive about COVID and thought nothing of

it. Though I do remember arriving back in

NZ for the SIG course, there was a separate

line through immigration for people arriving

from China due to COVID and thought that

coming home going through immigration

was taking longer than usual. Who would

have thought six weeks later, the whole

world would come to a standstill.

The lockdowns happened sooner in

Canada. RCR Ski Resorts closed on the

16th of March. The day before Sunday

the 15th, we had the most epic day skiing

powder, had made plans to meet up with

friends the following day, only to receive an

email just after midnight that the mountain

would shut for the next week. Receiving

this email was a massive shock as it was

without warning (the ski hill would shut for

the remainder of the season due to COVID).

Things moved fast in BC with COVID fears.

Schools closed down immediately, and bars

and restaurants closed down. Still naive

with the whole situation and not wanting

my season to come to an end so abruptly

left us with only the choice to ski tour. We

only got in one week of ski touring before

the BC government closed down National

Parks, and restrictions were put in place

Exploring terrain around Muller Hut - Monika Bischof

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to fine people who were caught backcountry

skiing. The season had come to an end,

and we changed our flights and flew home a

month and a half earlier. Upon arriving home, I

received a message to turn on the TV to a live

announcement of an NZ nationwide lockdown

and MIQ hotel quarantines. Phew, we dodged

a bullet on the MIQ hotel quarantine and were

lucky to do this at home in the comfort of our

own home. With the COVID-19 pandemic

forcing us to quickly adapt to a new world, it

opened up an opportunity for me to explore

my backyard at home in NZ more than ever.

This has brought a sense of comfort and

grounding in a way that I never expected.

At the end of the New Zealand winter, I

realised that I would have my first ever kiwi

summer since I started my ski career (34

back-to-back winters). With restrictions on

international air travel and the continuous

border closers meant I couldn't travel back

to my usual Northern Hemisphere based in

Canada. It was disappointing to know all my

film projects were postposed for the upcoming

winter, and with the added fear of COVID-19, I

knew it was now time to explore my backyard

and take a journey of self-discovery in a

newfound manner of reconnecting with

summer (it had been a while) and to start to

tick off my bucket list of backyard adventures.

But I didn't get too hung up on getting these

objectives done as I kept my options open to

all missions this summer. As far as places to

be, when the whole world is closed off and

most borders shut, I've lucked out to be home

in New Zealand.

The highlight of being home has made me

realise that we can have quite a long ski

season here in NZ if you are willing to get out

there and work for your turns. Yes, there may

be a bit of bush bashing involved, and it may

also be a suffer-fest but all character-building

experiences. It also made me realise that the

weather can be very tricky. It was especially

tough last winter, following into spring. Trying to

organise ski missions was at times frustrating

and impossible. As quoted from Mark Seddon

after a failed attempt for a film project, "Dam

the weather, this spring SUCKS more than

usual." In saying that, it wasn't all bad. I

managed to stretch my season out to last

seven months from June to December, ending

with a ski mountaineering trip in high summer

on the West Coast exploring Westland Tai

Poutini National park.

Skiing down Christopher Johnson Glacier, Mt Aspiring National Park - Ross Mackay

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Down climbing Mt Liverpool ridge - Ross Mackay

Dealing with the weather on the West Coast last

spring was extremely difficult. We were lucky to land at

Centennial Hut with wind gusts, almost forcing us to land

with all our equipment low on the Davis Glacier, which

would not have been ideal. Lucky as we circled the hut, we

had one window to land, and our pilot gave us the thumbs

up. Once at Centennial Hut, we had the whole area to

ourselves. We could still enjoy some epic corn skiing in

mid-December, tick off some classic ski touring routes,

and summit some classic peaks. At the same time, we

enjoyed the long summer days, watching the west coast

glaciers and views out to the ocean with the most fantastic

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Exploring Mt Aspiring National Park from my doorstep, to

climbing the North West face of Mt Aspiring and enjoying

high summer skiing on the West Coast made me realise

that in today's world, we don't often get a chance to

discover something new. Exploring our backyard yard this

summer was the prescribed ointment to cure my travel itch

that I feared I would miss, dreaming of faces of untouched

powder, spines, and pillows. There was no Northern

Hemisphere winter for me. Still, it was the best summer of

my life with so many new experiences at home.

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Navigating through boulders Mt Aspiring National park- Ross Mackay

This season was about connecting and rejoicing with

summer, knowing that there is much to explore and many

adventures to be done right here at home in NZ. COVID

allowed me to explore New Zealand's unique untamed

wilderness and national parks. On top of that, I hugely

minimised my environmental footprint while doing what I

love the most, fulfilling my adventurous spirit, exploring our

beautiful backyard.

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finn bilous

Skiing in New Zealand is a relatively small sport at the

professional and semi-professional level, and it does not take

long to know pretty much everyone. Four or five years ago we

started working with Finn. He is one of the real characters of

New Zealand skiing and a really great guy to work with. But

more than that he is a huge talent. In 2016, at the age of 16,

Finn won two medals for NZ at the Youth Olympic Winter

Games in Oslo. Finn won the Breakthrough Season category

at the 2016 Snow Sports NZ Annual Awards and was a finalist

for the Emerging Talent award at the 2017 Hallberg Awards.

Finn was then named to the NZ team to compete at the 2018

Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. In 2019 Finn finished

fifth in Big Air at the Utah 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle, and

Freeski World Championships. Rather than do another wordy

exposure on Finn we decided to let him choose some very cool

images and just explain what was going on in each.

“Arriving to fresh corduroy on a takeoff of a perfect jump, with

some magical morning light is every park skiers dream. The

jibber’s equivalent to a bluebird powder day...”

Image by Troy Tanner

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“This image was meant to be my brother, Hank...

However, after falling off his skateboard in the middle

of the winter last year, he injured himself and wasn’t

able to ski. I was lucky enough to get the call up to

replace his spot on this heli-day. What are brothers for

aye? Shot bro.”

Image by Troy Tanner

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“After getting up before the lifts were turning for a

sunrise shoot, Hunter and I found ourselves still on

the hill for the last lift. As we were grabbing our kit

to head down, Hunter spotted this finger of light that

was peeping through the summit rocks. Knowing I

was knackered from the day of riding, he insisted

on me hiking up to ‘get the shot’. I’m sure glad I did

as this might be one of my favourite images that I’ve

ever had taken of me skiing. Cheers Hunter.”


obsidian

What is Obsidian? We hear you ask! Well it was

the biggest snow sports event of 2020, with the

finest kiwi talent competing in five epic challenges.

The challenges were a mix of showing off their

sporting steeze, as well as their film making

talents!

But how did we get here? The Winter Games

NZ was founded in 2009 and since then there

has been 8 editions of this snow sports jewel in

the Southern Hemisphere’s crown. The event

normally hosts the World Cup events in Park and

Pipe and is the first event of the FIS calendar.

But when Covid hit and international travel dried

up, New Zealand was in a unique position to still

host a world class event with homegrown talent.

The Winter Games NZ team realised they could

not only showcase the kiwi athletes but also

the amazing New Zealand snow industry and

stunning backdrop. So Obsidian was born!

Winter Games NZ / Neil Kerr - Freeride World Tour competitor Blake Marshall showing off his Freeski credentials at the Big Air

event at Cardrona Alpine Resort


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Winter Games NZ / Camilla Rutherford - JJ Rayward at the Obsidian Park Jam at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Winter Games NZ / Neil Kerr - Team Smoothy on the Summit Rocks at Treble Cone on their Mountain Shred video shoot day

21 of New Zealand's best athletes, from Olympic

medallists through to Freeride World Tour winners, skiers

versus snowboarders, women versus men and freeride

versus park athletes were chosen to collaborate in

creating the event.

Over the ten-day weather window, three mixed teams

battled it out to win the Edgar Challenge Trophy and be

the overall winners of the Obsidian. Each team comprised

of seven elite athletes and two world class embedded

videographers capturing the vibe.

We had three snow sports legends as team leaders, with

New Zealand’s most well-known snow sports athlete

Jossi Wells being joined by one of the most versatile

female freeskiers in the world Janina Kuzma and freeride

pro Sam Smoothy, as the third Team Captain.

The first challenge was a Big Air competition up at the

world class park at Cardrona Alpine resort. COVID-19

restrictions unfortunately came into force the night before

the event which forced everyone into a last minute

reorganisation. Yet the silver lining turned out to be that

the Big Air comp was held in blue bird conditions on an

empty ski field making for some slightly eerie yet beautiful

images and video.

Team Jossi took out the top spot in each of the three

categories Men’s Ski, Men’s Snowboard and Women’s,

with Nico Porteous, Margaux Hackett and Carlos Garcia

Knight’s strong performances.

Nico Porteous, bronze medallist at PyeongChang 2018

Olympic Winter Games, was crowned overall Men’s

Freeski Big Air Champion. “My day was off the charts. I

haven’t had a day like this for so long. It was unbelievable,”

said Porteous. “I ended up coming out and doing tricks I

have only done twice before in my life. Beyond stoked to

be standing on that top podium.”

This stunning day was backed up with a classic freeride

competition held out at the Minaret Range, in the

stunning backcountry of Wānaka, which could only be

heli accessed by the amped athletes, some of which had

never had such an opportunity.

The venue tested the 21 athletes, with Janina Kuzma

showing her experience in the women’s category. The

2014 Halfpipe skier from the Sochi Olympics and the

Freeride World Tour veteran was strong and smooth

on the face in difficult conditions. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott,

Olympic Bronze Medallist snowboarder and multiple

X-Games medallist claimed second place in her first

top-level freeride contest but you wouldn’t have known it

watching her. She took one of the harder lines on one of

the more exposed sections of the face and managed to

pull off a very clean line.

“Really stoked to be back in the yellow bib today as

it’s been nearly two years,’ said an excited Kuzma.

“Especially doing a freeride event! I’m just super happy to

pick a line skiable to the conditions today. It was awesome

to see all the girls putting great lines down as well and just

stoked to take out the win.”

In first place for the men’s ski category was Craig Murray,

who is unquestionably one of the best freeride skiers in

the world and he didn’t disappoint at Obsidian. His run

was almost fall line from the top to the bottom of the face,

which was incredibly exposed and difficult terrain. There

was no question in the judge’s minds who would win the

Freeride Obsidian men’s ski.

Murray was stoked, “The comp was super fun up here

today, with a full kiwi crew full of amazing talent in ski and

snowboard. It was so cool to see different disciplined

athletes competing here. I’m super happy to stay on my

feet and come away with the win!”

Next up was the Park Jam up at Cardrona Park, where

the build team had crafted the most insane set of park

jumps, hips, rails and stylish features for the athletes

to show off their talents. The Park Jam was all about

expression and creativity and it didn’t disappoint.

“The athletes and organisers wanted to keep the Park

Jam true to an old school jam format, which meant the

judging criteria was around the vibe of an athlete’s run,”

explained Head Judge, Tori Beattie. “And it came out

strong in the athletes, it was great to see.”

The men’s ski was the biggest category and at the end

of the semi-finals it was hard for the judges to pick only

three to go through. It ended up with Finn Bilous grabbing

first, Jackson Wells in second and Beau-James Wells

rounding out in third. Bilous emerged on top for the judges

due to him hitting every single feature on the course,

every run had a different line through, all tricks were

landed and grabbed perfectly. He showed his variety and

technical strength to come out on top. Jackson Wells took

the vibe criteria seriously and probably got the most laps

out of anyone. Running uphill at one point and showing

his incredible skateboarding background and creativity.

“It was full-on, even the qualifying rounds were pretty

intense, then it just turned up a notch in the finals,”

explained Bilous. “I had a few tricks in mind. I saw the

course set up yesterday and did a few of those tricks that

I wanted to do. I didn’t get the results I wanted earlier in

the week so I put everything I could into this comp, so I’m

stoked it worked out”

It was a similar story for the men’s snowboard category

with the judges wanting to take four athletes through

to the finals but could only take three. Tiarn Collins, JJ

Rayward and Ronan Thompson made it through with

big sends and technical rail tricks. The quarter pipe

became a key feature on the course and landing tricks

on it became important as the competition went through.

Tiarn Collins rose to the top with some technical tricks

and really impressed the judges. JJ Rayward displayed

his creativity and jumped into second, with Freeride

athlete Ronan Thompson showing he was not just a big

mountain athlete.

“It was fun today, I was able to put down a few things

so I am so happy,” said a stoked Collins. “It was sick

with the set up, you could see all the different types of

snowboarding - it wasn’t just a rail jam, it was more of a

park which is awesome, I loved it.”

Olympic bronze medallist Zoi Sadowski-Synnott was

stand out with her technical prowess on the rails and was

above all others out there. Christy Prior’s experience in

the park also shone through and she was definitely in

her comfort zone. Young Ruby Andrews managed to pip

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Team Captain Janina Kuzma to the third spot with a couple

of technical rail tricks, where Kuzma showed her pipe skills.

“I’m pretty stoked and the whole week has just been so fun,

everyone has just been so happy to be here so good vibes

all around,” said Sadowski-Synnott.

Team Kuzma came out on top for the event followed by

Team Smoothy and Team Wells. This performance from

Kuzma's team was still not enough though to topple Team

Smoothy off the top of the overall leaderboard.

Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone were

the hosts for the fourth Obsidian challenge, the Mountain

Shred. Each of our three teams visited a different ski

resort where they built and sessioned various lines around

the mountain. The embedded videographers filmed the

action and created a three-minute edit from which they

were judged 80% by the sports panel on the athletes

tricks and execution and 20% by the media panel on the

cinematography of the edit. Team Wells with Two Bearded

Men came out on top, followed by Team Smoothy with

videographers Diaries Downunder in second and Team

Kuzma and Jase Hancox Film in third.

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Winter Games NZ / Neil Kerr - Ronan Thompson sending it off the Summit Rocks at Treble Cone


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M-LINE FREE RANGE

Dynastar continues to make freeride a part of its

history: a legend that this winter is developing into

M-Pro… making it even better. Freeride adventurers

will have new weapons on their feet, with an instinct

sure to turn heads on the powder. Incisive, fast and

powerful, the M-Pro range will withstand high-speed

curves and committed landings on any kind of snow…

You can see all of the edits on the Winter Games NZ Vimeo or YouTube channels

for free.

The final competition was the Obsidian Overall edit. Team Kuzma and Jase Hancox

Film took the top spot on the Edit Podium with their 7-minute epic movie featuring

The Remarkables and Mother Nature herself. This art-house film won the hearts

of the media panel with its expansive cinematography and crafted narrative. This

win meant Team Kuzma seized second place overall in the Obsidian, narrowly

beating an extremely competitive Team Smoothy.

After an epic ten days of competition on the slope as well as the edit suite, Team

Wells was crowned victorious at the Obsidian 2020 after a tight race which came

down to the wire. After five challenges Team Wells snatched the win by only 20

points ahead of their rivals Team Kuzma and Team Smoothy, who were tied on

500 points each on the overall leaderboard.

Look out for the latest news on www.wintergamesnz.kiwi!

Winter Games NZ / Neil Kerr - Sam Smoothy ripping it up at Treble Cone on the Mountain Shred day

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Roundhill Ski Field - Image supplied

skiing in

new zealand

If covid has taught us anything good, it has taught us to realise

how lucky we are. Not just in how we have been able to handle the

virus with limited lockdowns, but it made us more introspective.

Instead of looking offshore we looked at what was at home, and

I have not met anyone who has not seen the real value in that.

manganui

turoa

whakapapa

tukino

As winter draws in, and we begin to explore our own backyard,

we can appreciate that its not only the major resorts that offer

great skiing but there is also an abundance of club fields (open to

the public) just waiting to be explored. Whilst the majority of these

ski club fields are quite small, they all offer unique experiences.

The next few pages are all about what New Zealand has on

offer, commercial and club fields. If you reach out to any of the

club fields, you will find them really helpful and welcoming, try

adding something new to your winter this year.

treble cone

rainbow

hamner springs

temple basin

craigieburn

mt olympus

porters

fox peak

mt potts

roundhill

mt dobson

mt lyford

broken river

mt cheeseman

mt hutt

cardrona

coronet peak

snow farm

the remarkables

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coronet peak • the remarkables

regions: southern lakes

We’ve got you covered when the snow is epic

and when you’re wanting some backcountry adventure!

the remarkables

The Remarkables are one of the most photographed ranges

in the world due to their jagged peaks, so it’s surprising to find

a ski field well suited to the intermediate skier, nestled in its’

grandeur.

Locale: A 35 minute drive from Queenstown will have you at The

Remarkables.

Season: June 26 – Oct 17 2021

0800 GO SNOW +64 3 442 5958

37 Shotover Street infosnow.co.nz

The field has seven parks and a massive learner’s area, 385

hectares and a vertical drop of 468m. The ski area has 4

chairlifts, and 4 conveyor lifts as well as a range of parks; 3 for

beginners, 2 for intermediates and 3 advanced.

NZ Superpass

For 2021, all adult, child and senior full-day lift passes are

Superpasses. Your Superpass gives you access to ski at

Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or Mt Hutt ski areas. Or if

you want to take a day out from skiing you can exchange a

single day lift pass for credit towards an off-mountain activity,

dining out or retail therapy during the ski season.

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $139.00

Full day child lift pass: $74.00

Night pass (4-9pm): $64.00

Kids under 7 ski for free

Terrain: Beginner 30%

Intermediate 40%

Advanced 30%

On Mountain Facilities: Restaurant, café, 2 bars, rental,

Tobogganing, ski and board lessons, sightseeing.

Insider scoop: One of the most impressive drives up any

mountain, so take your time and soak in the views.

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ainbow

hamner springs

mt lyford

Mountain View

Lodge Queenstown

treble cone

cardrona

coronet peak

temple basin

craigieburn

broken river

mt olympus

mt cheeseman

porters

mt hutt

fox peak

mt potts

roundhill

mt dobson

snow farm

the remarkables

Sleeps 12 comfortably

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10 minutes to Queenstown,

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Situated below Coronet Peak

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coronet peak

New Zealand’s first commercial ski area was established in

1947 and is the closest ski field to Queenstown. With 462m

vertical drop and 280 hectares of terrain it is not a large ski

field, however the longest run is 2.4km and it was rated one

of the best areas for intermediate skiing due to its high-quality

grooming.

Locale: Situated only 16km from downtown Queenstown, getting

up the hill is easy. The Ski Bus operates from central Queenstown

and is a great way to get up the hill if you don’t have your own

transport. The access road to Coronet is sealed, making it a rarity

in New Zealand.

Season: June 19 - September 26 2021 | Night skiing available

Wed, Fridays and some Saturdays in July and August

Coronet Peak also offers night skiing on set days and snow

making facilities means there’s always a good coverage of

snow.

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $139.00

Full day child lift pass: $74.00

Night pass (4-9pm): $64.00

Kids under 7 ski for free

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dancing and 18-bed accommodation

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Terrain: Beginner 14%

Intermediate 34%

Advanced 25%

Expert 27%

On Mountain Facilities: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, café, rental

department, Skiing, boarding, learn to ski, sledding, Peak Gondola

sight-seeing, mountain biking and disc golf in summer.

Insider scoop: Heidi’s Hut, located at the base of the Rocky Gully

T-Bar is a favourite with locals. You can grab breakfast, pizzas,

pastas and soups as well as local Amisfield wine and craft beer.

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manganui

turoa

whakapapa

tukino

rainbow

hamner springs

temple basin

craigieburn

mt olympus

porters

mt lyford

broken river

mt cheeseman

mt hutt

fox peak

mt potts

roundhill

treble cone

mt dobson

cardrona

coronet peak

snow farm

the remarkables

snow farm

Snow Farm is the only non-profit ski area in the Southern Lakes region. Founded

in 1986, Snow Farm was the first cross-country ski area to be developed in

New Zealand. With 55km of groomed trails, for both skating and classic crosscountry

skiing, from first timers to seasoned cross-country racers. You can also

take your dog with you on the trails, but they will need a pass!

Locale: Situated opposite Cardrona Ski Resort, only 20 minutes from

Wanaka and 50 minutes from Queenstown

Season: Snow Farm is open for skiing from late June to late

September and open all year round for hiking and to access back

country huts.

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $45.00

Full day child lift pass: $25.00

Dog Day pass: $20.00

On Mountain Facilities: Rental, retail store, café, restaurant, bar,

Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, backcountry huts, hiking,

ski school.

Image compliments snowfarm

Insider scoop: The cross-country skiing trails turn into mountain bike

trails in the summer, and you can access the back country huts by

bike. An incredible way to explore the region during the winter months.

cardrona

Founded in 1980, Cardrona Alpine Resort is open for both winter and

summer activities. Cardrona averages 2.7m snowfall each year and is

relatively dry by NZ standards. Snowmaking is also used in high traffic areas

to supplement natural snow cover.

Spread across three bowls, the 400 hectares consists of a variety of groomed

slopes and off-piste options. The groomed areas are more suitable for

intermediate riders and when the snow is good, the off-piste offers excellent

riding for advanced skiers and boarders. A very user-friendly mountain with

exceptional views. It also has NZ most extensive terrain park facilities, with

four parks and two half pipes.

Cardrona Alpine Resort also boasts NZ highest mountain bike park. In the

summer, the ski field is transported into a mountain bike playground with

some of the longest vertical descents in the country.

Locale: A 20 minute drive from Wanaka, 50 minutes from

Queenstown. Coach transfers available from Wanaka and

Queenstown if you do not have your own transport.

Season: June 12 until October 17 2021

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $140.00

Full day child lift pass: (6-17yrs $70.00)

Terrain: Beginner 25% - Intermediate 25%

Advanced 30% - Expert 20%

On Mountain Facilities: Ski school, sightseeing, retail

shop, rental, workshop, 8 on-mountain cafes, kids club,

childcare, lift access mountain biking and hiking in summer

Insider scoop: Stop at the Cardrona Pub at the end of the

day. It’s the local hangout and the atmosphere is excellent,

as is their mulled wine. Just make sure you have a sober

driver to get you safely home.

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making change

HAVE IT

All!

Access NZ’s best in-bounds big mountain

terrain and the Southern Hemisphere’s most

extensive terrain parks all on one lift pass at

Treble Cone and Cardrona this winter.

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treblecone.com

Cardrona and Treble Cone are two of the

South’s favourite ski areas, well-known

for Cardrona’s terrain parks and Treble

Cone’s legendary steeps and iconic views.

Now the two resorts are asking skiers and

snowboarders to change their behaviour as

Cardrona and Treble Cone continue to take

sustainability to new heights for the snow

sports industry.

Back in 2016, Cardrona Alpine Resort

stopped buying single use takeaway coffee

cups. Visitors to the ski area and staff alike

were asked to either bring in their own keep

cups, or sit down to enjoy their coffee. It’s

become a part of the Cardrona way of life;

bring a cup, or have a seat.

Over the next few years, the team have

made decisions to reduce their impact on the

mountain. Today you won’t find any single use

crockery, single serves of tomato sauce, or

even any PET plastic bottles for sale at either

Cardrona or Treble Cone (since the purchase

of TC by Cardrona in January, 2020).

They’ve challenged suppliers to change their

processes and product offerings by simply

refusing to stock their products unless they

met their requirements. In 2020, Coke sent

a post-mix machine for the Cardrona team

to serve Powerade from. This year, Cookie

Time cookies at Cardrona and Treble Cone

will come in compostable packaging.

Sustainability efforts aren’t limited to food

and beverage offerings. When Cardrona’s

McDougall’s Quad was removed to make way

for New Zealand’s first “chondola” lift in 2017,

the old lift was sent away to be upcycled to

modern standards so it could be re-installed in

the “Pringles” terrain below Captain’s Basin.

In 2019, the Pringles lift project was set aside

to protect nationally vulnerable lizards that

were discovered during the early stages of

construction. The lift was repurposed yet

again and has been installed for Winter 2021

as the Willow’s Quad, opening up 65ha

of intermediate terrain in Soho Ski Area.

It seemed like it was meant to be – the lift

and new towers fit almost perfectly into the

Willow’s terrain. As an ode to their slippery

friends, the new trails in Willow’s have been

aptly named “Gecko’s Chase” and “Skinks”.

The launch of the Cardrona Foundation saw

major replanting projects begin and become

part of Cardrona’s business-as-usual. Other

projects as part of the Foundation have

included introducing disadvantaged kids to

skiing and snowboarding, and scientific study

of native birds like the karearea (NZ Falcon)

in the Cardrona Valley, and the kea at Treble

Cone.

This winter, Cardrona and Treble Cone are

asking skiers and snowboarders to think

about what they bring to the mountains,

and how they get there. They’re introducing

major initiatives from Winter 2021 onwards to

address major issues they see in waste, and

emissions from transport.

This winter neither mountain will sell any

items in their food and beverage outlets that

have packaging that needs to go to landfill.

Rubbish bins will be replaced by recycling and

compost stations, with signage explaining the

changes and staff members on hand to help

visitors sort through their waste.

“If you need to bring single use packaging,

you will need to take that off the mountain

with you – but that doesn’t really help,” says

Cardrona/Treble Cone General Manager,

Bridget Legnavsky. “We’re asking everyone

to think really deeply about what they buy in

the first place, the packaging it comes in, and

the packaging you choose to bring up our

mountains.”

To address transport emissions, both

Cardrona and Treble Cone have made their

access road shuttles (from the bottom of

each mountain) free of charge for the winter

season.

The resorts are also encouraging carpooling

by reserving the parking spaces closest to

each mountain’s Base facilities for vehicles

with three occupants or more until the

carparks are filled. Designated hitch-hiking

spots will be set up at both mountains and use

of the snowriders.nz carpooling app is being

encouraged.

The most recent changes have been

sparked by guest and staff feedback from

the last couple of years, which has called for

changes to shuttle buses, priority parking for

carpoolers, and more concerted efforts to

minimise waste.

“We love that our guests keep challenging

us to do and be better, and we want to

keep encouraging that feedback. So to all

our people we say – please keep asking

us questions, and keep challenging us to

improve on this sustainability journey,” says

Legnavsky.

This is just the beginning for Cardrona

and Treble Cone – the two resorts plan

to continue paving the way for ski areas,

skiers and snowboarders to change their

habits for a better future. You can find out

more about Cardrona and Treble Cone’s

sustainability initiatives for 2021 and answers

to frequently asked questions at cardrona.

com/sustainability.

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of 700m and uncrowded groomed runs, the longest

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day lessons available as well as coaching sessions

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throughout the season.

Locale: Only a 30minute drive from Wanaka

Season: 25 June – 26 September 2021

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $140.00

Full day child lift pass: (6-17yrs $70.00)

Terrain: Beginner 10% - Intermediate 45%

Advanced 45%

On Mountain Facilities: Retail store, medical centre, rental,

snow lessons, cafes and bars,

Insider scoop: If you have a day where you are not skiing, then

check out Wild Wire via ferrata, just before the turnoff to Treble

Cone. One of the best day’s adventure activities you’ll find

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ainbow

regions: mackenzie region

ohau

fox peak

Ohau Ski field is a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away at the

end of Lake Ohau. The crowds are minimal and the vibe

social, possibly due to it’s secluded location and the fact that

it is a fairly small field, only 125 hectares. Don’t’ be put off by

its small size, as the lack of crowds means there’s plenty of

space for all abilities. They have two terrain parks, one for

beginners, one intermediate/advanced.

Locale: The closest airport to Ohau Ski Fields is

Queenstown and the field is a three hour drive north

to the field overlooking Lake Ohau. You can catch a

bus from Lake Ohau Lodge or drive yourself.

Season: 27 June – 4 October 2021

Uncrowded, or some have even described it as deserted, the 500 hectare

terrain is one of NZ’s club fields, established in 1929, situated on a wide

steep face that drops off into chutes ad bowls. If you are happy traversing,

there’s heaps of accessible terrain and the basins off to either side of the

main face offer gullies and chutes that open into large bowls.

There is no restaurant or hot food on the mountain so bring your own food

and drink for the day.

Locale: 2.5 hours south of Christchurch, Fox Peak is 37km from

the town of Fairlie. The drive up is best taken in a 4WD.

treble cone

cardrona

coronet peak

hamner springs

mt lyford

temple basin

craigieburn

broken river

mt olympus

mt cheeseman

porters

mt hutt

fox peak

roundhill

mt dobson

lake ohau

snow farm

the remarkables

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $113.00

Full day child lift pass: $46.00

Terrain: Beginner 20%

Intermediate 50%

Advanced 30%

On mountain facilities: Snow school, ski and board

hire, day lodge

Insider scoop: Stay at Lake Ohau Lodge, only 20

minutes from the fields and catch the bus up each

morning and relax in a hot spa at the end of each day.

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Season: Mid July – late September

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $70.00 ($30.00 member)

Full day child lift pass: $20.00 ($10.00 member)

Terrain: 15% beginner - 40% intermediate - 30% advanced

15% expert

On mountain facilities: Fox Lodge on-mountain

accommodation, day shelter, toilet facilities.

Insider scoop: Hike up to Fox Peak for plenty of touring options.

roundhill

With breathtaking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and

Lake Tekapo, Roundhill ski area offers an impressive backdrop. The

locally owned field has a very relaxed, family atmosphere, and offers

over 550 hectares of skiable terrain.

There is a large beginners area, with three surface lifts, plus two

t-bars give access to plenty of wide open groomed intermediate trails.

For the more adventurous, head up the worlds longest and steepest

rope tow to access super long natural half-pipes and chutes.

Locale: Almost halfway between Christchurch and

Queenstown, Roundhill is 32km from the town of Lake

Tekapo, which offers excellent accommodation options.

Season: July 2 – September 19

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $95.00

Full day child lift pass: $45.00

Terrain: Beginner 20% - Intermediate 45% - Advanced 25%

On mountain facilities: Ski and Snowboard rental, licensed

café, ski patrol, first aid, guest services.

Insider scoop: Check out von Brown Hut at the top of the

T1 T-Bar, offering one of the best views in the country. For

brown-baggers, you can also park your car right next to the

slopes and set up a BBQ and deck chairs for the day.

mt dobson

The relaxed and friendly vibe

of Mt Dobson’s 160+ hectare

ski area offers a good balance

of groomed and off-piste trails.

Mt Dobson is a bit of a suntrap

but the snow quality remains as

it’s elevation (which boasts the

highest car park in NZ at 1725m)

maintains cool temperatures to

keep good snow conditions.

Offers one triple chairlift, a T-bar,

a platter lift and a beginner tow.

Locale: Situated around 2.5 hours drive

south west from Christchurch and 40

minutes from the town of Fairlie, where you’ll

find accommodation and a local mountain

shuttle.

Season: Mid June – early October.

Prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $90.00

Full day child lift pass: $45.00

Terrain: Beginner 25%

Intermediate 50%

Advanced 25%

On mountain facilities: Snow school, café,

equipment rental.

Insider scoop: For the more adventurous,

you can climb to the peak of Mt Dobson

and ski/ride down from the top, taking in the

impressive views along the way.


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mt hutt

With a new 8 seater planned for this year, you will now have

greater access to the wide open terrain of Mt Hutt. With three

chairlifts and two surface lifts covering the 365 hectares,

there’s loads of accessible terrain for all levels and plenty of

off-piste lines for advanced skiiers. Mt Hutt has been voted

NZ’s best ski resort six years running at the World Ski Awards.

There are multiple terrain parks for different ability levels.

Part of the Superpass which gives you access to ski at

Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or Mt Hutt ski areas.

Locale: One of the closest ski fields to Christchurch

airport, only an hour and a half drive away and only half

an hour from Methven.

Season: June 11th – October 17th

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $139.00

Full day child lift pass: $74.00

Terrain: 11% beginner - 37% intermediate

32% advanced - 20% expert

On mountain facilities: Two restaurants, café, two bars,

rental department, ski and board lessons, toboggans,

sightseeing, snow shop,

Insider scoop: Don’t forget your togs so you can soak

up the views from the highest altitude Alpine spa in NZ.

Accessible from the Summit Six Chairlift.

mt olympus

Set in a high, south-facing basin at the southern end of

Craigieburn Range, Mt Olympus club field is named for the

2096m peak that overlooks the ski area. Four high-capacity

rope tows access 60 hectares of skiable terrain and if you are

willing to hike there’s plenty more area available, and this is

where some of the best skiing can be found.

The crowds are minimal due to the location, and this is a

proud groomer-free zone, so it’s all about embracing what

mother nature provides.

Locale: Situated one and a half - two hours west of

Christchurch.

Season: Early July – sometime in October.

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $80.00 (members $40.00)

Full day child lift pass: $40.00 (members $20.00)

Terrain: Beginner 10% - Intermediate 55%

Advanced/expert 45%

On mountain facilities: Day lodge at Top hut, with

kitchen and dining area. Shop selling basics such as

lift passes, sun-screen and drinks.

Insider scoop: You can stay at the Top Hut, one of the

highest accommodation places in NZ with the highest

hot tup in the country.

mt cheeseman

broken

river

Founded in 1929, this is the closest ski club

field to Christchurch, this friendly ski area

promotes fun, family environment with both

groomed and off-piste terrain for all ability

levels.

With a rope tow and two T bars to access infield

runs, you can also hike to get to some

adventurous backcountry terrain.

treble cone

cardrona

coronet peak

Locale: Only 90 minutes drive from

Christchurch.

Season: Early July - October

Ticket prices at time of printing

(May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $85.00

Full day child lift pass: FREE for 10

years and under

Terrain: Beginner 15% - Intermediate

50% - Advanced/expert 35%

On mountain facilities: Day lodge, Full

rental, ski and board instruction, licensed

café and on mountain accommodation

options.

Insider scoop: Kids under 10 ski for

free!

rainbow

hamner springs

temple basin

craigieburn

mt olympus

porters

fox peak

snow farm

the remarkables

roundhill

manganui

mt dobson

mt lyford

broken river

mt cheeseman

mt hutt

turoa

SNOWPLANET

whakapapa

tukino

A club field for the adventurous with a remote

backcountry feel and great ski terrain.

Serviced by three high capacity rope-tows

and two learner rope tows, the 175 hectares

offers excellent hiking and touring options.

There are two main basins, one offering more

of a variety of terrain, the other for the more

advanced rider.

It has excellent powder, varied terrain and a

laid-back social community atmosphere. It

also offers night skiing which is scheduled

regularly.

Locale: In the Craigieburn Range,

adjacent to the Craigieburn Valley

Ski area, 90 minutes north-west of

Christchurch. Park your car and get the

Tyndall Tram to the ticket office.

Season: Late June to early October

Ticket prices at time of printing (May

2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $85.00 (members

get discounted rates)

Full day child lift pass: FREE for under

13s.

Terrain: Beginner 5% - Intermediate

50% - Advanced/expert 45%

On mountain facilities: Ski and board

lessons, accommodation, Kitchen

facilities and BBQ at Palmer Lodge,

craft-brewed beer and cider on tap at

Palmer Lodge.

Insider scoop: Catch the alpine rail up

through picturesque beech forest for an

unusual access to the mountain.

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porters

Formerly known as Porter Heights, this former

club field has become a commercial ski resort

and the 285 hectares offers a cozy feel. There

are plenty of easily accessed out of bounds

bowls that extend the playground further.

Porters offers one quad chair, 3 T-Bars and

one platter.

Leftover from the club field days is the club-run

accommodation half-way down the access

road. From here excellent mountain bike flow

trails are accessible during the summer.

Locale: The closest ski field to

Christchurch, only 99km to the

northwest. The closest town is

Springfield, only 33km away.

Season: Late June to early October

Ticket prices at time of printing

(May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $99.00

Full day child lift pass: FREE! Youth

pass $89.00

Terrain: Beginner 15% - Intermediate

40% - Advanced/expert 45%

On mountain facilities: Ski hire, ski

school, café, shop, day lodge

Insider scoop: Kids under 11 ski free!

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SNOWPLANET

hamner springs

manganui

turoa

whakapapa

tukino

Amuri Ski Club

A friendly, fun ski area with great views of

the surrounding mountains. Hamner offers a

variety of groomed runs and off piste to choose

from. There are three lifts, a poma, a rope tow

and a fixed grip tow to access the 52 hectares.

Although a small field, the lack of crowds

means there’s plenty of chutes and some

steep terrain for the more advanced skier and

accessible backcountry skiing available.

Locale: Only 17km from Hamner

Springs which is an hour or so north of

Christchurch.

Season: July to October

Ticket prices at time of printing

(May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $60.00 (members

$30)

Full day child lift pass: FREE for under

10s with paying skiing adult.

Terrain: Beginner 10% - Intermediate

60% - Advanced/expert 30%

On mountain facilities: Day lodge

with gas stoves and ovens, ski and

snowboard instructors, on-mountain

lodge,

Insider scoop: The hotpools, which

Hamner Springs is famous for, are a

great way to relax at the end of the day.

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mt lyford

The family field offers a great learners area

as well as challenging runs for intermediate to

advanced skiers. The T-bar, two platters and

rope tow offer access to the natural terrain

park that is Mt Terako Basin. There is also a

dedicated Wild Ride Terrain Park with jumps,

kickers and rails for the park enthusiast.

Mt Lyford Ski area is relatively unknown

and as a result does not suffer crowds. The

views are fantastic and the vibe, laid back,

reminiscent of one of the club fields.

Locale: Closest town is Waiau, only

26km away. Christchurch is around 2

hours away to the South.

Season: Opening June/July

Ticket prices at time of printing

(May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $85.00

Full day child lift pass: $45.00 (FREE

for under 6s)

Terrain: Beginner 30% - Intermediate

40% - Advanced/expert 30%

On mountain facilities: Day lodge,

café, ticket office, first aid, ski and

board hire

Insider scoop: Although there’s no

ski-in ski-out accommodation, not

far from the hill are some funky ecofriendly

cabins or stay at Mt Lyford

Lodge, NZ largest log building.

treble cone

cardrona

coronet peak

rainbow

hamner springs

temple basin

craigieburn

mt olympus

porters

fox peak

snow farm

the remarkables

roundhill

mt dobson

mt lyford

broken river

mt cheeseman

mt hutt

rainbow

Rainbow Ski Area is high in the north of

this great mountain chain within the world

famous Nelson/Marlborough lifestyle region.

Reaching a height of over 1760 metres,

Rainbow captures regular winter snow,

complemented by extensive snow making, all

superbly groomed to create a stunning winter

playground.

The wide uncrowded slopes and well

groomed trails provide superb terrain for

beginners and intermediates while advanced

skiers can challenge themselves in the high

powder runs and chutes. Snowboarders love

the varied terrain, jumps, bumps and drops.

A terrain park has been developed, offering

more thrills & spills for adventurous boarders

and skiers.

Locale: Located in the Nelson Lakes

area, 35km from the village of St

Arnaud and 2 hours south of Nelson

and 2 hours south-west of Blenheim

Season: July 10 – October 10 2021

Ticket prices at time of printing (May

2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $90.00

Full day youth lift pass: $45.00 (FREE

for under 7s)

Terrain: Beginner 25% - Intermediate

55% - Advanced/expert 20%

temple basin

This club field in Arthurs Pass is large and raw. Most of the terrain

off the lifts is suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers and

boarders with extra terrain in abundance for those who are happy

to hike. In saying that, there is no road up to the lifts, but instead a

400m vertical climb. A goods lift takes up all your gear but you still

have to do the walk.

The 320 hectares is rope tow serviced and provides an excellent

gateway to ski touring.

The field has a rich history and has been around since 1929.

They also run many great courses for those wishing to get into

backcountry skiing or boarding. The best way to enjoy the field is

to stay, relax, enjoy some live music we often have up there and

ski hard in and out between meals!

Locale: In Arthur's Pass, next to the Aicken and Polar

ranges and directly on the Southern Alps. Perfect for

Coasters and East Coasters alike! 2 hour drive north

west of Christchurch. Then it’s a 30 – 60 minute hike up

to the ski area (depending on your level of fitness).

Season: July to late September

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Season pass: $200 ($300 from July onwards)

Full day adult lift pass: $65.00 (members $45) weekends,

$55.00 midweek

Full day child lift pass: FREE for under 13s.

craigieburn

Powderhounds describes Craigieburn as steep, deep and

cheap. This clubfield is located in the heart of the Southern

Alps. It’s a non-profit charitable organization which exists

solely for the purpose of skiing and snowboarding. There are

two large basins with plenty of the intermediate to advanced

terrain.

There are three high capacity rope tows that service a vertical

rise of 500m and with an easy traverse you can reach the

infamous 600m vertical descent of middle basin.

It is famous for its hiking and ski-touring opportunities beyond

the patrolled areas.

Locale: Around 1.5 hours north-west of Christchurch.

Season: 17 July – 2 October

Ticket prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $85.00 (members get discounted

rates)

Full day child lift pass: FREE for under 13s.

Terrain: Beginner 0%

Intermediate 55%

Advanced/expert 55%

On mountain facilities: Ski lessons, Day Lodge café

and Koroheke bar.

Mt Lyford - Facebook

Rainbow Springs - Facebook

On mountain facilities: Café, ski

and board rental, shuttle service,

tobogganing

Insider scoop: This is wine region,

make sure you take some time to

enjoy the wineries during your stay.

Terrain: Beginner 25% - Intermediate 50%

Advanced/expert 25%

On mountain facilities: Bar, ski in and ski out lodges.

Insider scoop: This mountain is not for the fainthearted.

Some consider the blue runs underrated so only

worth visiting if you love ungroomed snow and are an

advanced skier.

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whakapapa

regions: central plateau

SNEAKDAY

#sneakaweekday with all-mountain lift

passes for just $74 an adult and $49 a

youth (5-17 year olds).

Book ahead at www.mtruapehu.com or

contact the team on 0800 468 235

mt ruapehu

Combined, both Whakapapa and Tūroa comprise the largest ski area in New Zealand,

totalling approx. 1500ha. Given the fields’ natural occurrence on a volcano – and an

active one at that – and that it is formed by solidified lava, the terrain is like no other

and lends itself perfectly to natural bowls, wind lips and half pipes, with a vast number

of cliffs and drop offs. This makes skiing and boarding across both Whakapapa and

Tūroa ski fields some of the most exhilarating the Southern Hemisphere has to offer.

Mt Ruapehu itself rises from the Central Plateau alongside neighbouring peaks of Mt

Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro. It is topped by three peaks, with a volcanic crater nestled

amongst them. The crater, filled with water, remains active, releasing puffs of sulphur

and steam. Hikers and skiers alike can ascent the peak from either Whakapapa or

Tūroa ski fields and view the crater lake. The 360-degree views from the top are worth

every ounce of sweat, never mind the ride down. On Tūroa that’s a whopping 1200m

+ vertical run back to base. Just don’t get too close to the crater lake! It is a natural

cauldron and you wouldn’t want to find yourself in a very uncomfortable hot spot.

Whakapapa is the slightly larger of the two ski fields and is positioned on Mt

Ruapehu’s north-western side, accessible via State Highway 48. Whakapapa boasts

the country’s premier beginner facility, Happy Valley, where you can learn to ski and

ride in the fully self-contained learners’ area, free of advanced skiers and riders. On

the nice and long gentle slope, you can really get the hang of turning and stopping

with the aid of covered carpet lifts, taking your time, and progressing your skills.

While many Kiwis have discovered their first love of snow in Happy Valley, more

advanced skiers and riders explore everything from cruisy groomers to exhilarating

chutes, bumps and drops, made even more exciting by the natural volcanic terrain.

Installed in 2019, the Sky Waka – Whakapapa’s iconic gondola – is the hero of the ski

field and arguably the best lift in New Zealand. It has been a very welcome addition

to the slopes, notorious for wild winter storms, travelling from 1630m to 2020m in

relevant luxury. It is also luxe journey for any who want to simply see the sights that

Whakapapa has to offer, particularly over the summer months.

Skiing Whakapapa: Image compliments of mtruapehu.com

whakapapa

Locale: Situated on the northern slopes of

Mt Ruapehu, ten minutes from Whakapapa

Village, 20 minutes from National Park

Season: 5 June - 4 October (Happy Valley)

3 July - 25 October (Whakapapa)

Prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $149.00 ($74 mid-week)

Full day youth lift pass: $99.00 ($49 mid-week)

(under 5 free)

Terrain: Beginner 30%

Intermediate 45%

Advanced 25%

On mountain facilities: Snow school, rental,

four cafes, retail store, Sky Waka gondola

Insider scoop: Night skiing in back in 2021!

Kicking off Saturday 7 August

and across eight consecutive

Saturdays. Live entertainment,

fun activations, and a super

sharp lift price to come.

manganui

turoa

tukino

rainbow


tukino

Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand’s North Island,

the Tukino Skifield offers the rare combination of adventure and lack of crowds.

Tukino is a family friendly ski field with heaps of activities for everyone, with the

friendliness and camaraderie that’s only found on club-operated fields. Tukino

has 170 hectares of ski area, over 300m of vertical drop, and great conditions

sheltered from the prevailing Westerly winds.

Locale: Situated on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, one and a half

hours from Taupo, 40km south of Turangi and 22km north of Waiuru.

Season: 10 July - end of the snow

Prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $75.00 ($50 club members)

Full day youth lift pass: $40.00 ($25 club members)

Terrain: Beginner 35%

Intermediate 30%

Advanced 35%

On mountain facilities: Snow school, ticket office, on-mountain

lodges, cat skiing

tūroa

Locale: Situated on the southern slopes of Mt

Ruapehu, fifteen minutes from Ohakune, two

hours from Taupo.

Season: 3 July - 25 October

Prices at time of printing (May 2021):

Full day adult lift pass: $149.00 ($74 mid-week)

Full day youth lift pass: $99.00 ($49 mid-week)

(under 5 free)

Terrain: Beginner 20%

Intermediate 55%

Advanced 25%

On mountain facilities: Snow school, rental,

three cafes, retail store, terrain park

Insider scoop: 2021 will see the return of

the Tom Campbell Big Air. On 25 September

we will see world-class professional athletes

come together and showcase their skills, all in

memory of the humble legend, Tom Campbell.

Slightly smaller than Whakapapa, Tūroa has

historically been referred to as the ‘dark side’

of the mountain. Tūroa sits on the southwest

side neighbouring Ohakune just over 20km

away. Tūroa has a more wide-open feel

to it, with eight lifts and a bigger vertical at

720m. The High Noon Express takes you to

the highest lifted point in New Zealand with

panoramic views of the North Island. Tūroa

is also famous for its natural features, which

include long halfpipe-like bowls, sweet

kickers, and smooth, wide-open slopes.

Those who frequent Tūroa know to dress

warm in the mornings as the first rays of light

that appear around the mountain summit will

not touch the slopes until mid-late morning.

Operating quite literally on the ‘dark side’

of the mountain, Tūroa loyalists rejoice as

much of the landscape resembles frozen

waves that last well into the spring, making

for epic freeride skiing and riding, ripping up

plenty of gullies, drops, and natural hits.

Tūroa is also well known for its slopestyle

park offering, with the Tūroa Parks crew

developing a solid reputation within the

industry, solidified when they took home the

coveted ‘Battle of the Parks’ title two years

in a row. The crew offer world class terrain

parks from the top of the mountain to the

bottom, catering for all levels, from easy

flat boxes to big kickers and rails. There is

something for everyone and a clear path of

progression for all levels. The jewel to their

already illustrious crown was the addition

of a mini-pip cutter, allowing for skiers

and riders in the north to cut their teeth or

progress their pipe riding skills. These guys

never disappoint and always bring their A

game every season.

Getting there

Mt Ruapehu is an easy drive from the

nation’s main centres of Auckland and

Wellington, with Ohakune being roughly

four hours’ drive from either city. Taupō is

the closest domestic airport, a scenic onehour

30 drive to Whakapapa and two hours

to Tūroa. Tourist hotspots of Tauranga and

Rotorua are also not far away.

Alternatively, Ohakune and National Park

are both main stops on the Northern

Explorer train journey which adds another

dimension to an exciting adventure. Sit back

and relax while you take in the panoramic views along

the way.

Ruapehu gets busier on weekends with city visitors

and driving up the mountain roads can be intimidating

for the inexperienced driver. Luckily there are plenty of

local businesses that provide shuttle services or ride

shares up to the ski field. We also encourage carpooling

through the Snow Riders NZ – a free social carpooling

network for skiers and snowboarders. Locally focused,

there is also the great Ruapehu Rideshare Facebook

group.

Where to stay

Ohakune is the closest town to Tūroa and has a

multitude of great accommodation options for travellers.

Coupled with the lively nightlife, boutique shops and a

micro-brewery, Ohakune provides the quintessential

ski town experience and is not to be missed.

Likewise, National Park Village is the close to

Whakapapa and is not to be overlooked. Here you

will find great accommodation options for the budget

conscious traveller and friendly local pubs with warm

fireplaces ready for après. If you feel like treating

yourself the Chateau Tongariro stands at the foot of

Mt Ruapehu in Whakapapa village and offers a vibrant

vintage charm to your trip.

Mt Ruapehu: Image compliments of mtruapehu.com

Insider scoop: A great way to explore more terrain is to go cat skiing.

Get dropped at the top by the groomers, no need to book (cost $40

single trip, $35 for members).

As above, Taupō is also a reasonable drive from each ski

field and ‘big town’ accommodation can be readily sought

there.

Sneak a Weekday

While all this sounds great, isn’t everyone queuing up to

get a piece of Whakapapa and Tūroa? If you look back on

the last three years – ignoring the anomaly that was 2020

– close to half of all guests at Mt Ruapehu visited over the

weekend, meaning that weekends are on average over

twice as busy as weekdays. That leaves wide open spaces

on the weekdays to enjoy. Better still, it’s not just the side

country that is more accessible come weekdays, lift passes

are also financially more accessible too. #sneakaweekday

and enjoy all mountain lift passes for just $74 an adult and

$49 for youth (5-17-year olds) all winter long. That’s a 50%

saving versus weekend day passes. Win – win!

manganui

turoa

Tukino Ski Field: Image compliments of Tukino.org

whakapapa

tukino

rainbow

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temple basin

craigieburn

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mt lyford

broken river

mt cheeseman

mt hutt


national park

National Park Village is a small town enjoying close

proximity to both Whakapapa Ski Area and the start

of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The village has the

most breathtaking panoramic view of the volcanoes:

Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. With

the village being just a 15 minute drive to Whakapapa

Ski Area, The Sky waka Gondola and Happy Valley

Beginners Ski Area, and just 45 minutes to Turoa Ski

Area there is no better a place to base yourself for a

winter adventure.

The village offers a vast selection of accommodation

options to suit all pockets and there are several

choices of cafes and bars for your après-ski time. A Ski

shop and rentals, 4Square and Fuel Service Centre

cater for all your needs. An evening walk around the

village is a great way to get between your restaurant

Dual Heritage Tongariro

National Park

cafes - accommodation - activities

www.nationalpark.co.nz

www.tongariroalpinecrossing.co.nz

Terrace Restaurant & Bar Open daily

5 minutes from Whakapapa Ski field

Backpacker to Superior Family Accommodation

On-Site Ski & Snowboard gear hire

Skotel Alpine Resort | SkotelAlpineResort

Ngauruhoe Place | Whakapapa Village, SH 48

www.skotel.co.nz | info@skotel.co.nz

+64 7 892 3719 | 0800 756 875

and accommodation and showcases one of NZs most

incredible night skies that will leave you wondering why

you have never seen so many stars before.

During your stay here take a change from skiing every

day: there are many choices of alternative activities from

4-wheeler adventures; mountain bike hire and a choice of

bike trails; winter guiding options including the Tongariro

Alpine Crossing; Mini Golf; a climbing wall and many

shorter alpine hikes that are still very accessible and

enjoyable in winter. Located in our brand new Park and

Ride near the Railway/Bus station is a Mobile I site which

can book your next adventure.

Raurimu Village is the site of the famous Raurimu Spiral,

and is located just 6km north of National Park Village. The

village offers additional accommodation options such as

charming rural cottages, boutique accommodations in

private bushlands and a large ski lodge.

Whakapapa Village is at the base of Mt Ruapehu and just

a 10 minute drive to Whakapapa Ski Area. As you arrive at

the village you are welcomed by the view of the majestic

Tongariro Chateau and Mt Ruapehu a stunning backdrop.

Boasting several eating and accommodation options,

the start of several shorter walks and the Department of

Conservation Visitor and Information Centre, Whakapapa

Village is also a great location for a quick visit or longer

stay.

Ski, Play, Explore, Eat/Drink, Sleep… Our villages have

everything you’ll need for a winter getaway and adventure

Find it all at: www.nationalpark.co.nz

www.tongariroalpinecrossing.org.nz

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• All our skis and boards are tuned after every rental so the customer

always has gear that slides and turns like it should.

• We replace some of our rental gear every year to ensure we have

the most have up to date technology and functioning equipment,

for instance this year we have about 100 new skis and boards,

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manganui

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turoa

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ski

for trees

Words by Pete Oswald

Images by Sean Beale and Pete Oswald

In May 2020 I presented an ambitious idea to a crowd

of about 300 enthusiastic Queenstown based ski tourers.

That idea was to plant 20,000 trees by climbing 20,000

vertical metres in the pursuit of skiing.

By the end of the 2020 New Zealand winter Ski for Trees,

and the projects’ generous donators, had funded the

planting of over 100,000 native trees towards permanent

reforestation in Madagascar where they are desperately

needed - 5 times the initial goal, creating over 1000 fair

wage employment days which has helped to save lives

and break the poverty cycle that drives the deforestation.

So to achieve this I just setup a donation page, went skiing,

and triumphantly posted on social media about saving the

world whilst righteously dodging my responsibilities as a

new parent, right…? If only that was how it went.

Upon presenting my idea back in May 2020 the crowd

of scroggin munchers stared back at me with 300 blank

faces. The silence of their zero response between me

making each point was disturbing. It was 9.30pm and

the outdoors focused scroggers had been sat inside

listening to various speakers of varying entertainment

levels since 6.30pm, of which I was the last. This restless

crowd appeared drained. However, when I explained my

way around a circular flow diagram demonstrating how

planting trees “over there” helps our glaciers, snowfall

and future of shredding “here”, a murmur started which

amplified into a cheer – the idea appeared to resonate

and have legs.

I first had this idea 5 months earlier in January 2020.

Then COVID hit, lockdown happened and apparently

the financial fallout would see our societies very survival

threatened… or brawling in Pac N Save over toilet paper

as it turns out. So the idea was suppressed until it was

clear that NZ society was going to stay largely intact and

someone was still producing enough paper with which we

could all wipe our bums – which was about early May.

By then the idea had crept back into my head as

something that I had the power to do… and should do. My

wife Sophie and I were not new to charitable tree planting

– our business, Little Difference partnered with Eden

Reforestation Projects plant one tree for every single

product sold, and had just surpassed 100,000 trees. We

had been to planting sites in Madagascar to see the effect

of the tree planting for ourselves and we were blown

away by the environmental and social impact of even a

small investment. So, I had the infrastructure, connections

and confidence of the plan in place, as well as a bit of

an audience. I was sitting on an idea to help people and

planet and in a unique position to make it work. I felt if I

didn't sack up and give it a crack then I would forever feel

like a dreamer, rather than a doer.

Jeremy Lyttle and Summit the dog, two of my common touring buddies

near the summit of Coronet Peak.

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So I presented my idea to the bored and

hungry scroggin munching ski tourers - the

audience seemed to like it, I said I would do

it – so I was committed.

But will people part with their cash I

wondered? The original plan was to get

donations from my connections to the

ski and outdoor industry businesses but

the business sector in early COVID times

turned out to be tighter than a downhill

racers din settings, apart from a couple of

anomalies like Sportive NZ Distribution,

Small Planet Sports and Ecoski.co.uk.

So to the general public I focused my

plundering for the plantations. But with

our business, Little Difference, customers

actually got a physical product as well as

a tree planted. With Ski for Trees I was

relying on donators being content

with only receiving warm fuzzies for

helping people they will never meet

and plant trees in a place they will

probably never visit. Would it work?

At the end of that presentation in

May I had collected contact email

addresses from people I identified

as potential donators and who

expressed interest. This, as well

as pressuring my good friends

and family to donate as a personal

favour to me, I had a starting point

on which to try to build momentum.

The Ski for Trees concept was 1

metre climbed = 1 tree planted, so I needed

some vert under my belt to inspire people to

give. From early winter the day usually went

like this… my alarm sounded at 5.15am, I

lit the fire in our tiny house to get it cosy for

Soph and Tula, if Tula was awake I would

take her down stairs to change her nappy

and then Tula and I would make tea and

breakfast for Soph. Then I was out the door

by 5.50am (ish) with all my gear that I had

usually prepped the night before.

At the time we our tiny house was located

right at the bottom of the Coronet Peak

access road and early morning touring

up the peak is a popular thing, some

mornings there would be thirty cars parked

at the base building of just keen scroggin

munchers. So to get up the access road I

would either catch a ride with other keen

mates, pick people up, hitch hike, wave

down the Coronet Peak staff van or, on

a few occasions, I biked from home with

my skis, boots and poles on my back.

I avoided driving our car solo up the

mountain as much as possible. This was

an environmentally focused project, it’s

not a great look to lazily fly solo up the hill

in our gas-guzzler and I was aware of the

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possibility of getting called out which could

threaten the success of the project. Plus

I wanted to set an example. But, some

mornings there were just no keen beans to

go with and biking up 800 vertical metres

in the dark with skis on my back before

starting to ski tour up the resort is hard, so

yeah I admit, on the odd occasion I bloody

well drove solo.

Anyway, I tried to make my way to the

base of the resort in the most ethical way I

could. Once up there I thought I may as well

get all the vert I could, one lap up is about

450 vertical metres so I would often do a

second lap to the top. Sometimes when I

had another frothing scrog dog with me and

the conditions were good we would tour to

the top of the resort then out the back to

do a few laps harvesting fresh pow lines

in the slack country. There was usually no

shortage of frothing scrog dog ski tourers

to persuade, sometimes there were even

fresh scrog converts who came for their first

ever day touring on one of those mornings

after seeing my onslaught of social

media posts. Sharing their stoke and the

splendour of early morning alpine sunrises

fed my froth even more. Once the metres

were climbed and the froth subsided I could

usually be back at the tiny house to resume

work and/or parental duties by 9.30am.

Of course we often we went skiing as a

family too. By the time Tula was 3 months

old she had come up more days skiing than

weeks she had been alive. These days we

normally went to the The Remarkables

and we had a system. Tula usually woke

at about 5 am so rather snoozing back to

sleep we just got up, got ready and went

skiing – what ever the weather. Quite often

we were the very first car up there, we got

settled at our usual table in the café and I

completed a climbing lap to the top of the

resort gaining vertical metres before the lifts

even started to turn. Upon my return Soph

and I did a switch-a-roo, daddy looked after

Tula and Soph lined up for first lift before

9am. I often got a few extra bonus metres

later in the day by hiking ‘the chutes’ or

other hike access lines that looked ripe for

ripping - if I’m going to climb something in

the name of trees then I may as well climb

something worth shredding.

The 2020 ski season lacked multi-day

adventures such as an ascent and ski

descent of Aoraki/Mt Cook that 3 friends

and I had done just the previous spring. But

Soph and I were new parents and we were

learning on the job, routine was important to

attempt but seldom achieved. Nonetheless

it was a team effort and I needed to be

around.

As new parents, though, we managed to

get a lot of skiing done, but one thing

was very apparent; Ski for Trees was

in no way possible with out Soph.

The project took a lot of my time but

also put more pressure on Sophie

as a mum. Any new mum knows the

immense struggles they face that the

rest us will never properly be able to

appreciate. It takes a certain type of

mum of a newborn baby who, while

living in an uncompleted tiny house

with uncertain and limited financial

circumstances of a new business

in the fallout of a global pandemic,

would be willing to take on the extra

stresses of a disconnected idea of

raising money for people and planet

a world away. But Soph did just that.

I was well aware Ski for Trees would

demand a considerable time commitment

from us as new parents in order to make

it work but one thing I dramatically under

estimated was the digital grind of a fund

raising project. Climbing 30,000 vertical

metres over several months accumulates

to many hours of time investment. Don't

get me wrong; I loved this part of it, and

every metre suffered climbing up got to

be savoured whilst shredding back down.

But, for every hour I spent in the hills

accumulating metres I spent two hours

bound to a screen grinding out digital

information. It wasn’t a case of setting it

up and letting the donations roll in. In order

to convince people of the purpose it was

a relentless and repetitive daily process

of recording, publishing, researching,

updating, processing imagery and

communicating.

Most of that admin stuff I had prepared

to do and part of it, like recording the

accumulation of metres climbed and

trees planted, was motivating. But a lot

of the digital workload, which I had not

Flow chart showing how planting trees in developing countries helps climate change in mountain environments.

Pete Oswald reaping the benefits of climbing metres at The Remarkables. Image by Sean Beale


Ragnor the metre smashing mutt, Willhe Walker and Geordie Wilson. This was Geordie on his first ever day touring.

Pete Oswald shot by Sophie Stevens at Mackenzie Country, NZ

really considered, was giving assurance

to donators. With charitable fund raising

comes scrutiny and scepticism. People

want to know that what I’m saying is

happening - is actually happening, that the

trees are being planted and they want to

know I’m not taking a cut of their generosity.

So, displaying data, providing transparency,

asserting assurance and validating the tree

planting became much of my digital grind

routine.

And there was one question that was

always asked. “Where are the trees

planted?” My answer is “Madagascar”, you

know that massive African island?

Then they’re like “yeah from the self-titled

animated movie, why there? Why not

plant them here in Aotearoa?” Some other

people would say “I would rather support a

tree planting project in New Zealand”.

Then I would ask them why they would

rather plant trees in NZ. This was often met

with surprise and a blank face. I get it though,

this is our home, we want to plant native

trees here to help our local eco-systems,

increase habitat for our endangered wildlife

and make it look all nice and pretty to be

true to our global reputation as clean and

green.

Here’s the thing about Madagascar

though. It is not covered in lush forest like

the animated movie depicts or what the

imagery from wildlife docos suggests. 90%

of all the forest has been destroyed. What

remains are loosely protected tiny isolated

pockets of forests left to support the most

diverse population of endemic life, 75%

of Madagascan plant and wildlife species

are not found anywhere else in the world

and many of these are quickly becoming

extinct.

The deforestation leaves a vast landscape

of desertification – with the forest gone

rainfall decreases, with no vegetation

to bind and hold the fertile soil, any rain

that does fall washes the top soil to the

ocean leaving the land to turn to desert

and destroying ecosystems in the shallow

seas. Both land and sea are then far less

productive as a food source for the human

population. This drives poverty of the local

Malagasy people, which drives desperate

and destructive farming methods like

slash and burn which further fuels the

deforestation.

Jamie Shattenberg the director of the

reforestation in Madagascar helped me put

myself in their shoes. If there is one tree left

standing in my village and cutting that last

tree down means my baby daughter, Tula,

will survive another day. That tree does not

stand a chance.

Employing the poorest and most

impoverished of the local population to

replant and protect their forests puts this

process in reverse. Many of us also want

to plant trees in order to sequester carbon

dioxide to reduce global warming to avoid

a massive range of global problems, and

as privileged skiers, snowboarders and

mountain lovers one of these reasons is to

save our glaciers and curb the decline of

annual snowfall.

The Tasman Glacier in Aoraki National

Park doesn't care where you plant trees

and sequester that CO2 from, just like

CO2 emissions are not patriotic to the

country they are emitted from, they make

their merry way around the whole globe

warming everything up. The Tasman

Glacier cares that we pull those gases

down (from anywhere in the world) to

restore environmental balance that will stop

the Earth warming - the whole Earth.

To plant a native tree in Aotearoa costs

about $10, and often a bit more than that

to ensure it survives. $10 USD donated

with Ski for Trees plants at least 100 native

trees towards permanent reforestation

in Madagascar, which are protected to

maturity.

Neither method is right or wrong, both

have many unique benefits, I am simply

challenging our sometimes blind New

Zullond patriotism. I don't have any

credentials to preach this by the way, I can

only put together what I have researched

and what I have seen and this is what I can

say.

The Ski for Trees project of the 2020 New

Zealand winter planted just over 100,000

trees. Those 100,000 trees sequester

and average of 1,230 tonnes of CO2 per

year, enough to offset 160 kiwis CO2

emissions… every year for the life of those

trees.

100,000 trees is a forest and if protected,

which they are, the trees will self-seed,

regenerate and expend. That forest will

be there, self perpetuating and expanding,

sequestering C02 and giving us oxygen for

as long as we as humans will let it.

The funds donated by the generous Ski for

Trees donators provided over 1,000 days

of fair wage employment to local Malagasy

people who were previously stuck in

systemic, intergenerational poverty.

The social aspect is something we did not

fully understand or appreciate properly

until going to Madagascar and seeing it

for ourselves. The employees who plant

these trees, who before struggled to feed

themselves and their family, can now plan

past trying to find the next meal. They can

nourish their family, get access to medicine,

adequate shelter and clean water. They can

get education for them and their children.

Their focus shifts from survival today to

prosperity and a better life for them and

their children in the future. These people,

who were once the source of destruction of

the forest, are now the ones regenerating

and protecting it. The shackles of systemic

intergenerational poverty are broken.

These people know the value of these

forests because they are aware that their

well being as well as their children’s future

depend on it – a concept that we in the

developed world have distanced ourselves

from.

Perhaps the people who asked “so where

are the trees planted?” weren’t always

prepared for the detailed response they

got, but it seemed to make sense to most.

These were the ideas I was pushing,

posting and publishing while climbing

metres each day. The concept was 1 metre

climbed = 1 tree planted, climbing many

metres was how I grab peoples attention.

However, on the 19th September 2020,

on the same day as climbing my 30,000th

metre I under rotated a back flip and tore

my calf muscle. I thought this could threaten

the potential of the tree planting. But the

seed was sewn, the idea had germinated

and the momentum provided by the metres

already climbed was perpetuating. No

more metres were needed; I just needed to

spread this idea into numerous more fertile

minds. So with my injured leg elevated I set

about as a tree-hugging keyboard warrior

– social posting, writing newsletters and

pestering anyone I could think of who might

resonate with this idea.

During the course of the project Ski for

Trees was gradually published in the

media on websites, newspapers, TV sport

shows and the 6pm prime time Channel

One News. When the founders of other

tree planting fundraisers around the world

reached out for information and told me Ski

for Trees was their inspiration, I felt I was

finally doing justice to the idea that I had

committed to.

The point of the project was to use the

privilege of skiing to make a positive

environmental and social impact in

developing countries where the privilege

of skiing is a world away. I like the concept

of acting together as a planet, not just a

country. David Attenborough says we need

to lift up our most vulnerable of the world in

order to make the environmental changes

we need. As citizens of developed nations

should we be looking more to developing

nations to progress our collective

environment as a planet?

During this project a friend of mine pointed

me to this quote by Hyacinthe Loyson,

which I think says it best -

“Plant trees under whose shade

you may never sit”.

Thank you so much to the past present

and future supporters of Ski for Trees.

Ski for Trees can be found at this link

where donations can be made, 100% of

which goes directly to planting trees in

Madagascar.

www.peteoswald.co.nz/ski-for-trees

Pete has a fresh concept for Ski for Trees

for this coming 2021 New Zealand winter,

see the link above find out more and to

receive updates.

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Av a i l a b l e f r o m l e a d i n g r e t a i l e r s :

Auckland: Snowcentre

Taupo: Gordons

Wellington: Boardroom

Canterbury: Gnomes

Dunedin: Beggs Ski Shop

Wanaka: MT Outdoors

Queenstown: Small Planet

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sauvage, welcome

to ski sauvage

when the borders open

Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves because we could not get to our summer

skiing destination, we filled the void of a lack of ski travel this year with going to the Warren

Miller movie. New Zealand has great skiing, but you forget how good it gets offshore. In

this year’s Warren Miller movie we got to travel to Switzerland with big-mountain skiers

Lexi duPont (as seen on the cover) and Amie Engerbreston. They explored Iceland with

Aspen locals Victor Major and Baker Boyd and even flew to Antarctica to examine the

impact of climate change, plus there was a lot of skiing in between.

Warren Miller has been making movies to inspire us for as long as I can remember.

Warren passed away in 2018 but his legacy remains and each year we get this new shot

of motivation. In a Warren Miller movie you know what you are going to get; a certain

amount of wow, a certain amount of humour, a certain amount of envy and an awful lot of

snow. You can still get tickets - check out www.warrenmiller.co.nz for dates and venues.

With Covid restrictions still in place as we go to print, we are hoping that in 2022 will be able

to revisit Canada, USA, and Japan. And in case that happens, see the next few pages as

a reminder of the beauty that awaits as soon as we can put our skies in a bag and travel

again. It is easy to forget how good skiing is in Canada when you have not been able to go

for a while, but this is a healthy reminder of what awaits once the borders open.

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At Panorama, every day is a ski day, that’s why

the resort has quickly become a favourite for New

Zealanders who head north between December

and April.

Surrounded by the endless mountain peaks of the

Canadian Rockies, Panorama offers 1,300 metres

of vertical with terrain for those seeking something

a little out of the ordinary. Lift lines are almost

nonexistent; on many days runs like View of 1000

Peaks, Rollercoaster and Top of the World feel like

a private ski resort. Join the Mountain Friends for

a free tour of the mountain, likely with other Kiwis

seeking secret stashes. Meet up with new friends

when it’s time for après.

Kia ora, koutou

The ski-in / ski-out village offers apartment-style

accommodation right beside the lifts. Everything

you’d expect of a first-rate resort is at your doorstep.

Then, there’s Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools

at Panorama Springs. And RK Heliski, right in the

heart of the village, flying to the sort of snow seen

in all the best ski movies.

Up for an incredible Canadian road trip? How

about the Mountain Collective’s Order of the True

North? Get a pass, ski Coronet Peak and the

Remarkables this Kiwi winter, then hit Panorama

and other leading destinations in British Columbia

and Alberta.

The snow fell deep at Panorama Mountain Resort this past winter, but something was missing…

If you were looking at Instagram or Facebook, we’re sure that everything appeared to be in order. Fluffy white

flakes falling on the Panorama Springs Pools. Tasty raclette at the Elkhorn Cabin. Monster-X rumbling to the top

of powder filled leg burners. The sun setting on the lofty summit of Mt. Nelson.

So, what wasn’t quite right? It’s easy to answer. We missed the hundreds and hundreds of Kiwis that make

Panorama Mountain Resort their Canadian playground each winter. Ash from Horopito didn’t fly off on his

annual pilgrimage. Taynton Bowl never saw the tracks of Gav and Lorraine from Te Puke. Liz and Piha didn’t stop

by to tell us about their latest North American resort mission. We’re sorry we couldn’t catch up with Mike and

Ange from Christchurch in the T-Bar.

While Mother Nature was as amazing as ever, our resort just wasn’t the same without our friends from

Aotearoa. We know you made the best of things by catching a tonne of snapper or tramping tracks that felt like

they did back in the 70s, but don’t make a habit of staying home. The mountains miss you and the Panorama

team does too. Please come back and see us soon!

Cheers,

Marke Dickson

PS: Panorama must be one of the few international resorts where Kiwis usually outnumber Aussies. Although

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Southlander, I’m not afraid to say that we missed our Australian friends too.

Don’t forget, 2021 Whakapapa and Turoa season

passholders are VIPs at Panorama. Stay slopeside

and ski free in the 2021/22 Northern Hemisphere

season! Conditions do apply so talk to a preferred

New Zealand snow travel partner.

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trail map

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Season dates: December 10, 2021 to April 17, 2022

Skiable Area: 1,204 hectares

Elevation of summit and village: 1,150 metres to 2,450 metres

Vertical drop: 1,300 metres. Top 10 in North America!

Longest Run: 6.5km

Number of trails and glades: 134

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TOADSTOOL

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MOCHA

LA TE

GUN BARREL

ZONE 2

CHAMPAGNE

WORLD CUP WAY

TOP OF THE WORLD

PICTURE PERFECT

SKYWAY

GRICE PADDY

RO LER COASTER

CHUTE

GETMEDOWN

TR E TIME

TIGHT SPOTS

GETMEDOWN

U PER CANADIAN WAY

ROY’S RUN

OUTER LIMITS

BOUNDARY

SUMMIT QUAD

HIDEAWAY

BOUNDARY

Terrain Type: 20% Beginner. 55% Intermediate / Advanced.

25% Expert.

Terrain Park: Yes (S-M and M-XL)

SCHOBER’S DREAM

SCHOBER’S GLADE

MI LENNIUM

WILD THING

BOUNDARY

TURNPIKE 1

POD’S

LIFTLINE

SKYLINE

RO LER COASTER

ALIVE GLADES

LOWER CANADIAN WAY

SUNSHINE

Number of lifts: 10

TAYNTON TRAIL

SUNBURST

SUNDOG

BOUNDARY

BOUNDARY

TRA PER'S LYNX

MADSON’S MILE

TRA PER’S RIDGE

MCINTOSH WAY

CANADIAN DISCOVERY

STROBL STRA SE

BEGINNER

SILVER PLA TER

STRINGER

ZEHNDER WAY

DISCOVERY QUAD

HIGHWAY 1

RED CARPET

OSTRANDER A LEY

LOOSE MOOSE

DELESALLE

POWDER TRAIL

LI TLE RI PER

CARPET

VI LAGE GONDOLA

POWDER TRAIL

SHOWO F

MILE 1 EXPRESS

HOGGSFLATS

HORSESHOE

NEW TIMER

TOBY CHAIR

EAGLE GLIDE

MOOSE

TRAIL

SHOWOFF

DOWNHILL

OLD TIMER

HAY FEVER

TACKY

COW’S FACE

CLI F GLADES

CHAMPAGNE EXPRESS

LOWER VI LAGE WAY

SUNBIRD

FRITZ’S

WHISKEY JACK

CHICKEN’S

CHOICE

HEAVEN CAN WAIT

SUNBIRD CHAIR

MI LENNIUM

DETOUR

BOOMERANG

BOUNDARY

OUT RIDER

SCHOBER’S DREAM

DRAINO

MARSHA L

SUN BOWL TRAIL

STUMP FARM

MARKER'S MARK

SUNS EKER

SUNNA

SUNSET

BOUNDARY

Annual Snowfall: 520cm

Average Temperature: -5C

Other activities available: Heliskiing, snowmobile tours, Nordic skiing,

ice skating, snowshoeing, fat tire mountain biking, and shopping and

TO INVERMERE

dining in nearby Invermere.

Web and booking details: www.panoramaresort.com.

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Aunt Gladys

Kassanova

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Paradise

Glades

Head Wa l

SILVER QU EN

VILLAGE

x6

x4

1609m

x8

Canntastic

Black Bear

NEW

silverstar

mountain resort

Part of British Columbia’s Monashee Mountain range

SilverStar is a mountain resort unlike any other. Up

here the snow is natural and abundant, and the

terrain is vast and varied. It’s the perfect playground

for those who love winter sports or those that just love

winter. With activities both on and off the slopes, our

welcoming ski-in/ski-out village is the perfect place for

the ultimate mountain escape. And while we may be

a big mountain with a tonne of fun things to do, it’s our

welcoming, friendly nature that keeps guests smiling.

It’s real... And it’s magnificent! 100% all-natural snow

that comes down in light, fluffy flakes to the tune of 7

metres or 23 feet of annual snowfall. All this makes for

incredible skiing and riding. Combined with a lack of

crowds you will find yourself cruising down wide-open

trails, weaving through the glades or charging down

double blacks. A feeling of escape where you think

you have the whole mountain to yourself.

A cheerful village nestled on the shoulder of a big

mountain.

With everything so close and ski-in, ski-out lodging,

you will love the access to the amazing terrain and

cozy mountain village. While our charming midmountain

village and friendly locals may give us a

small-town feel, our mountain is big enough that you’ll

never run out of things to do. Whether you’re looking

for the best powder, to skate the pond, or even just to

relax with a hot chocolate, SilverStar has everything

you are looking for.

Come to SilverStar for the run less travelled.

Search for your moment of tranquility, or reconnect

with others on a new level. We think it might be a bit

easier at SilverStar if you have some room to breathe.

Find some peace away from the crowds, away from

the hectic and be alone, or be closer to others.

trail map

Just Dandy

Davidson's

Delight

Wee Wi lie

Uncle Buck

Hurtzwinkle’s

Delight

Cat Man Do

Pipeline

Monty's Matrix

Fearn Gu ly

Gong Show

U2

Quicksilver

High Lead

Aunt Gladys

Gypsy Queen

SILVER WOODS

Chute 5

SILVER WOODS EXPRE S

Russty Whistle

Judd's Run

Aabye Road

Nirvana

Last Chance

Three Wise Men

Normania

POWDER GULCH EXPRESS

COMET EXPRESS

Doognog

Caliper Ridge

Raven

Hinky Heights

Sunny Glades

ATTRIDGE

ALPINE MEADOWS

DES SCHUMANN SUMMIT EXPRE S

Northern Lights

Gowabunga

Campbe l's

Loop

HOME RUN TEE

Larch

Summit 1915m|6283ft

VANCE CREEK

25 North

Sunny Ridge

Minerva

Bergerstrasse

Sunny High

Holy Smokes

Spirit Bowl

Robson Street

Kirkenheimer

Bon Diablo

Where's Bob

White Elephant

Free Fa l

Eldorado

Stardust

Here's Joe

Black Pine

Robi liard's Rush

Eldorado Bumps

Alder Point Access

Eldorado

Sunny Ridge

Eldorado

stats

Season dates: Late November – Early April

Skiable Area: 3,282 skiable acres

Elevation of summit and village: Summit: 1,915m. Village: 1,609 meters

Vertical drop: 760m

Longest Run: 8km

Number of trails and glades: 132 marked runs.

Terrain Type: Vast and Varied, ski-in-ski-out.

Terrain Park: SilverStar’s terrain park consists of an extensive rail garden and also has an assortment of tabletop

and step-up jumps for all abilities. Silver Star also has an Aerial Training Site, a Dual Moguls Race Course, and a

race center which hosted the 2005 Canadian Masters Slalom Championships.

Number of lifts: 10

Annual Snowfall: 7m

Average Temperature: -5°c (Winter)

Other activities : Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross Country Skiing, Horse Sleigh Rides, Snowshoeing, Fat Biking,

Winter Tubing, Mini Snowmobiles, Snow Bike Tours, Snowmobile Tours, Ice Skating, Bowling, Night Skiing, Snow

Cat Dinner Tours

Web and booking details: www.skisilverstar.com book online or with your tour operator

Bucked Off

No Knees

Blue Moon

Zypper

Alder Point

frontside

backside

PUTNAM CREEK

1155m | 3789ft

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sun peaks resort

The year-round, mountain community

of Sun Peaks is situated in the interior

region of British Columbia and is known

for its vast terrain, legendary light,

dry powder, mild temperatures and

intimate ski-through village. Getting

there is easy. Fly into Kamloops Airport

(YKA) after connecting from Vancouver

International Airport (YVR), and enjoy a

quick 45-minute transfer to mountain.

through village is located at the base

of all three mountains, which makes

accessing the lifts quick and easy or

popping into your accommodation

throughout the day. Each of the chairlifts

offer a trail for every ability, so everyone

can enjoy their day on the mountain.

Plus, the lack of crowds combined with

wide open spaces means you’ll love

getting fresh turns all day long!

Once you arrive in Sun Peaks you’ll

be greeted by the European inspired,

pedestrian only village. There’s no

shortage of beautiful places to stay with

9 hotels and lodges in the village and

100’s of larger units just a short walk or

ski away. The 20+ restaurants are busy

serving up fresh coffee and eclectic

culinary spreads while you’ll find local

art and souvenirs and must-have gear in

the 20+ shops. Most of the businesses

are independently owned and operated

meaning it won’t take long for you to feel

the sense of community. Bonus: you can

continue to soak in the fresh mountain

air on one of Sun Peaks’ many outdoor

winter patios.

When it comes to skiable terrain, you’ll be

spoiled for choice at Sun Peaks. Being

the second largest ski area in Canada,

Sun Peaks is known for 360 degrees

of skiing & boarding that expands over

three mountains, offering up a 4,270-

acre playground. From steep and deep

powder, to long cruisy groomers, there

is truly something for everyone. The ski-

You don’t have to be an avid skier or

snowboarder to visit Sun Peaks; there’s

an abundance of things you can check

off your winter bucket list at the resort.

Join a snowshoe tour or craft your own

adventure, enjoy a European alpine

fondue and starlight descent, try your

hand at ice fishing, ride a horse-drawn

sleigh ride, glide along the pristine

Nordic ski trails, go off-road with a fat

bike, and embrace the true wonder of

the season during a magical dog sled

tour, the possibilities are endless!

Although Sun Peaks Resort is the

second largest ski area in Canada, it

still has an intimate village, wide open

spaces, no crowds, and no lift lines.

Who could ask for more?

trail map

stats

Season dates: Nov 20, 2021 – April 3, 2022

Skiable Area: 4,270 acres

Elevation of summit and village: Summit 2,152m & Village 1,255m

Vertical drop: 882m

Longest Run: 8 km’s

Number of trails and glades: 138 trails, including 19 glades areas

Terrain Type: 10% beginner, 58% intermediate, 32% advanced

Terrain Park: 10 acre top-to-bottom terrain park

Number of lifts: 13

Annual Snowfall: 6m

Average Temperature: December -9.5ºC / 15ºF January -6.7ºC / 20ºF

February -6.1ºC / 21ºF March -3.9ºC / 25ºF April -1.1ºC / 30ºF

Other activities: Dog Sled Tours, Snowshoeing, Snowmobiling, Horse Drawn

Sleigh Rides, Guided Ice Fishing, Fat Biking, Ice Skating, Ski Biking, Snow

Limo Tours, Cat Trax Groomer Rides, First Tracks Breakfast, Alpine Fondue &

Starlight Descent, Tube Park, Kamloops Blazers Hockey Game

Web and booking details: www.SunPeaksResort.com


sego skis

an expose

Words by Paul Fadden

In anecdote as in life, it pays to keep

an eye out for the ‘little fella,’ which

goes for the ski maker as well. Those

dedicated craftsman & woman

represent the root of snow industry,

work to a personalized scale, and

likely produce gear that changes the

game.

SEGO SKI, born in the bosom of

little Victor, Idaho is one such artisan

firm. From the Alaska Range to the

Southern Alps and Snowy Mountains,

they’re carving deep tracks upon the

world’s biggest winter stages, while

remembering it’s really all about fun.

These days there are upward of a

dozen boutique ski manufacturers

scattered across the globe, and each

strives mightily to create a fine product.

Where SEGO seemingly stands apart

is the company’s priority upon fine

experience, thanks to quality product.

This is where the brothers Wells come

in, two outside-the-box siblings with

a vision to create planks inspired by

the ski day itself. Better still, Peter and

Tim Wells had the foresight (as well as

good fortune) to cultivate a team which,

collectively, turned that founding vision

into the ski that’s topped the podium of

the Freeride World Tour.

Where each SEGO SKI is born is

a manufacturing facility that’s all inhouse.

A visit there finds the crew

assembled and hard at work, but

never too busy to roll out the welcome

mat--which is a solid indicator that their

emphasis is indeed upon experience.

Inspired, designed, and manufactured

among the natural architecture of

the Teton Mountains, each SEGO

model is example of the possibilities

in sustainable, affordable, communityconscious

skiing. And it certainly

can’t hurt that SEGO’s QC lab is the

staggering terrain waiting just beyond

the factory door. To wit, the SEGO’s

game plan is to put knowledgeable

people in-country and allow skiing in

the name of fun to do the rest.

“It’s a magic mix, one that combines

an artist’s attention to detail with

a manufacturer’s work ethic for

repetition.” These words roll from

behind the beard of Ronald A.

Murray Jr, SEGO’s lead when it

comes to Technician of equipment,

Production…or Introspection.

Ron moves amongst the machines

of the shop floor with accustomed

patience and a practiced hand which

is rivaled only by his ear—the guy’s

playlists are killer.

“In SEGO’s case, the magic is parts

refined design and incorporating topshelf

everything to construct a quality

ski--by hand--with only a few people,”

he said.

Ron’s words are bold. But the proof is

in the product. Australia’s Blackbird-

Bespoke noticed early on. The South

Melbourne firm is a centerpiece for

the indie ski movement growing

across Australasia. And they carry

SEGO. The Bespoke founders, like

SEGO’s own athletes, have described

themselves to be seeking the pinnacle

ski experience across the breadth of

the sport’s disciplines. And feel that

they’ve found it in a down-home ski

hub straight outta the Tetons.

“A few years back, I tried SEGO at

an Alta demo,” said Clare Chapman,

lady ripper for the SEGO squad, “I

immediately fell in love with the way

that it skied.”

Between her ‘Ski the East’ root and

her current residence among the

mountains of Utah, Clare’s seen more

of shred culture than her 24 years

might suggest. She says she trusts

SEGO to value people--and skiing—

whatever the conditions.

“I’m on the Big Horn. I trust them off

cliffs, in fresh pow, in chopped-up

crud, and everything in between. And

on top of having loved their skis from

the beginning, SEGO speaks to one of

my favorite aspects of skiing: giving off

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strong vibes of fun, family, and embracing

community.”

What Clare’s talking about is a downhill

line-dance between snow, gravity, and

people—on what SEGO SKI CO. intends

to be the industry’s longest-living product.

It’s a goal that likely has no ‘endpoint’ yet

the company strives for it in every step (or

steep) along the journey.

Sourcing materials to meet the highest

possible standard, each and every ski the

company manufactures is a 100% in-house

labor of love.

SEGO keys upon in-destruct-O sidewalls

of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene,

vertical lamination, acclaimed ‘freeride

base structure pattern.’ and tip-to-tail poplar

core. Their method even factors-in waste

reduction techniques—and the result is

tangible. The scrap footprint from SEGO is

reduced to a minimum. In fact, it’s likely that

the deepest trace a ski leaves is the track

trailing behind.

Skiing fast downhill is where it all starts—I

mean, that’s not a scenario where you’re

having a bad time.” Peter Wells enters

the conversation in a congenial cloud of

sawdust and rumination. As Founder,

Designer, and Production Lead at SEGO,

Peter—like his brother Tim--is joyfully

immersed in his work and happy to share it.

“We’re working in the minutia of details to

find how to make going fast downhill more

fun,” he said. Shape plays a big part in

that quest. And this too is 100% in-house.

Central to the process is the notion of

creative progression—daydream, tinker,

and (of course) keep it fun.

“We’re big on inspiration,” Peter said. “What

are we doing now? What ideas do we have;

what are our peers doing?”

“It’s so important (& awesome) to get out

and test, take notes, and then bring all that

back to design.”

Hallmarks of a SEGO experience are

rocker’d profiles, camber underfoots, and

wide shovels that pair well powder grins.

The Big Horn, specifically, balances an

obliging soft, nearly-symmetrical tip/tail with

bow-taunt power that strengthens toward

the Underfoot, and all in a delightfully

lightweight package.

As a representation of the SEGO cadre,

Big Horns are playful—bordering on

mischievous—but best believe they snapto

when it’s time to fire.

Flex like you mean it, and the Big Horn

turns on a knife-sharp dime. Find yourself

reclined in the fat, floaty deep and their

poplar core responds with the support of a

bucket seat. The Big Horn’s reduced weight

and versatile profile adds extra spice to any

given sequence as a matter of course. If

its bumps, you’ll likely find yourself airing

them. If it’s a straight, then that line begins

and ends ‘tips down.’ Even noodling the

beginner’s slope with the micro-groms

evolves naturally into butters and hijinks,

switch.

Grabin’ It By The Big Horns:

-6.5cm tip/tail height with 35cm tip/tail

Rocker

-4mm Camber underfoot

-length range: 139cm to 193cm

-grams per ski scale: 1000 to 2275

-turn radii from 9 to 23

“As an example from our line, Big Horn

is an athlete-driven ski,” Peter said. “It

balances customization of what’s working

for our athletes yet making it relatable and

functional for your skiing public—which

usually doesn’t take away from that top end

of it.”

“As the ski has evolved, it’s really become

a quiver-killer; easy to edge, really fun in

the air, and a natural fit for an aggressive or

relaxed style... They’re kinda just a chooseyour-own-adventure

ski,” he said.

Skiers around the world have quickly

turned-on to this la carte SEGO plank. The

Big Horn is the best-selling model in the

company stable, the ski that according to

SEGO’s market spin doctor, Abbot Gilbane

was a “game changer” for the delightfully

disruptive slider inside all of us.

The sky’s the limit regarding where things

could go from here yet, despite all the

details, what still pleases SEGO SKI CO

most is to simply carve one line more.

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VICTOR DE LE RUE

Freeride World Tour Champion

2015 Myoko, Japan: somewhere in the remote backcountry Toby

had an idea. Although loving the abundance of fresh powder, he

felt that the skis he was ripping on were good… but could be so

much better.

"Don't get me wrong. The well-known ski brands are awesome.

They're what most of us grow up on, learn on and build our love

of skiing on. They’re absolutely great – but there’s more on offer."

Once home, Toby started researching alternatives and soon

discovered a number of micro-ski companies he wanted to talk

to. He began making contact with them and was quickly swept

up with their shared enthusiasm and passion for making skis.

These skis were different though – they had a soul, much like their

makers, and have been attracting attention for their short runs of

quality product, sustainable practices, advanced technologies,

empathetic engineering and superior performances.

"The big difference with artisan ski makers is: they are usually

founded by skiers, run by skiers, offering great skis designed and

crafted by skiers. Who better to understand what we live for?"

Handmade skis have unique characteristics that can better suit a

skiers profile, the terrains they favour and conditions they're likely

to ski in. They're well balanced, designed, and feel 'right' from

the very first turn – endless smiles are included. They bond with

you, not the other way around. They're an extension of you. A

controllable, reactive, responsive extension that carves, turns and

performs in sync with you; they're built to last longer, go further

and increase your endorphin rush. They make skiing better.

"They're built with passion and an R.O.H. (Return Of Happiness).

Blackbird can deliver handmade skis for a price better than you’d

expect (with FREE delivery in Australia, and not much more to get

them over the ditch)."

Today, Blackbird HQ, Australia: Blackbird Bespoke Ski Co has

been appointed Australian Distributor for such iconic brands as

Rocky Mountain Underground, Sego Ski Co., Fat-ypus Skis,

Coalition Snow, Skevic and more coming. Plus there’s options

for completely custom made skis, creating the full ‘Bespoke’

experience. While the skis all forge their own trail, they do share

some common characteristics: they're made by innovators trying

to craft a better ski to provide a better experience.

It’s not just about the skis, but the customer’s experience also.

They encourage you to make contact, to learn about your skiing,

so they can provide a selection to choose from that are better

suited to you. Want to talk to a human? Give Toby a call… he

loves to talk about skis! "We have skied all our brands here in

Australia. The difference is amazing!"

2021and Beyond: We're sponsoring young freerider, Arkie Elliss

who's already scoring wins and competing in trans-Tasman and

international events. Maybe living ‘on-snow’ and skiing since she

could walk is an unfair advantage; but we're adding to that with

some of the best handmade skis on the planet. "She's at one

with the elements and we reckon she'll go far - even further with

Blackbird!"

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2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED SKIS

HEAD//KORE 93

RRP:$ 1,799.00 (with bindings)

Category: Freeride

Lengths: 156, 163, 170, 177, 184, 191cm

Widths: 133-93-125mm @177

An all-mountain specialist, the

KORE 93 can carve up corduroy or

conquer tough snow conditions.

HEAD’s new KORE construction

creates a more nimble freeride

ski thanks to the combination

of Graphene, Karuba wood, and

carbon, which adds strength and

performance without extra weight.

Topless Tech carbon weave adds

torsional rigidity where needed,

while a new top sheet shape

increases durability. A sandwich

sidewall construction and tip and

tail rocker round out the KORE 93’s

ability to perform well on hard snow,

powder, and everything in between.

HEAD//WOMEN’S KORE 85

RRP:$1699.00 (with bindings)

Category: Freeride

Lengths: 149, 156, 163, 170cm

Widths: 127 - 85 - 108 @ 170

The KORE 85 W is a top-class,

frontside-oriented ski in a

lightweight package. HEAD’s

weight-saving focus does not

mean soft: A blend of materials

reduces weight without sacrificing

performance. HEAD fuses light

Graphene into the tip and tail for

feathery swing weight. Light and

stiff Karuba wood in the core is

sandwiched by a triaxle weave

carbon layer adding responsiveness.

A new top sheet shape gives the

nimble KORE 85 W more durability.

HEAD//TOTAL JOY

RRP:$1599.00 (with bindings)

Category: All mountain

Lengths: 148, 153, 158, 163cm

Widths: 134 - 85 - 113 @ 163

The perfect all-mountain allrounder

for confident and good skiers. Super

light and in a sporty design.

HEAD introduces LYT Tech into the

JOY line, creating all new women’s

models. Each ski in the range has

been individually designed for

maximum versatility meeting a

range of abilities from beginners all

the way to experts across both on

and off-piste terrain. With lightness

and performance, this is LYT done

right.

HEAD//SUPERSHAPE E-TITAN

SW SF-PR

RRP:$1799.00 (with bindings)

Category: Performance

Lengths: 163, 170, 177cm

Widths: 133 - 84 - 115 @170

Wider footprint, longer radius, for

off piste and slushy conditions,

freeride oriented, better

floatation due to higher shovel,

longer woodcore provides super

stability and less vibrations; 70%

on piste, 30% off piste.

SEGO//COMP

RRP:$1239.00

Category: Big Mountain

Lengths: 1 67, 175, 181, 187,

192cm

Widths: 1 04, 110, 118

Weight: 2295 g /ski at 187/110

A new generation of big

mountain comp ski for a new

generation of big mountain

skiers. These chargers were

designed as Isaac Freeland’s

FWT ski and they trick as well

as they charge.

SEGO//BIG HORN

RRP:$963.00 - $1156.00

Category: All-Mountain

Freestyle

Lengths: 1 39, 147, 158, 167, 176,

181, 187, 193cm

Widths: 96, 106, 114

Weight: 2000 g / ski at 181 / 106

The Big Horns make the whole

mountain your playground.

They are the perfect balance

between the confidence

to shred anything and the

playfulness to jib and butter to

your heart’s content.

SEGO//CONDOR

RRP:$1156.00

Category: Backcountry

Lengths: 175, 181, 187, 192cm

Widths: 1 08, 116

Weight: 1896 grams / ski at

187 / 108

The Condor was developed

with Dorian Densmore as a

modern one ski quiver. It is

as comfortable spinning laps

in the backcountry as it is as

the resort.

SEGO//LUPINE

RRP:$963.00 - $1032.00

Category: All-Mountain

Lengths: 1 39, 147, 153, 157, 165,

172, 179cm

Widths: 92, 100, 108

Weight: 1550 grams / ski at

165 / 100

These beauties thrive and

inspire confidence in all

terrain types and conditions.

Ice, powder, corn, and looking

good in the parking lot – the

Lupine has you covered.

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BLACK CROW//CAMOX

RRP:$1399.95

Category: Big Mountain

Lengths: 168.1, 174.2, 180.4, 186.5cm

Widths: Slightly stretched rib lines

(20 m radius): stability at high

speed, balance between firmness

and manoeuvrability.

This unrivalled mid-fat off-roader

is renowned for its tolerance and

playfulness. Its progressive flex

makes it a ski very suitable for

progression, confirming its player

DNA derived from freestyle. Its long

effective edge allows it to have

good stability and a big grip at high

speed. Creativity for all types of

terrain.

BLACK CROW//ATRIS

RRP:$1399.95

Category: Big Mountain

Lengths: 178.3, 184.2, 189.7cm

Widths: Slightly stretched rib lines

(20 m radius): more stability at high

speeds, better balance between

firmness and manoeuvrability.

A flagship model of the squadron,

the atris is a unanimous success on

all the snows of the globe.

Stable and fast skiing in edge

grip, with a progressive heel and

a tolerant flex, it is very efficient

at high speed without altering

its handling and its very playful

character. Atris is big mountain

skiing for all snows and every day it

opens new worlds with the panache

of a great ski.

BLACK CROW//SERPO NEW 93MM

SKI

RRP:$1499.95

Category: Carver

Lengths: 168.2, 174.1, 180.1, 186.3cm

Widths: Radius: 20 meters for an

attacking soul.

A newcomer in all-terrain skiing,

the Serpo is designed for the piste

and partially for off-piste. With

93mm at the waist, it’s a good

carver, it’s there to really play with

the terrain with its good flex and

responsiveness together thanks

to its layer of metal for grip and

stability. This works to increase the

ease and pleasure of the game.

BLACK CROW//MIRUS COR NEW

87MM SKI

RRP:$1499.95

Category: All mountain

Lengths: 149, 157, 164, 171cm

Widths: 87mm at the waist, super

responsive, very short radius

(13m)

A brand new UFO, the Mirus’

Cor is a ski for performance and

design, to achieve an alliance

between two worlds: freestyle

and the most angular curves

of today. Built with a fairly long

rocker and a split tail, it allows

short curves for playing, for piste,

and for the side of the ski run,

it is carving in a black crows

approach and/or all terrain

freestyle. Accessible, well-built,

and creative from any point of

view.

DYNASTAR//E 4X4 5 XPRESS

RRP:$1199.00 (includes

binding)

Category: All Terrain

(women’s specific)

Lengths:156-164-171cm

Widths: 130-82-110 mm

Weight: 3500g/pair (156cm)

This across resort ski will

give you all you need to lap

the groomers “first tracks”

then go out in seek of powder

pockets all day and on the

return to base you have the

full benefit of these light agile

and extremely maneuverable

skis. Rediscover that

Dynastar feeling in all

conditions promising fun with

comfort.

DYNASTAR//INTENSE 12

RRP:$1,299.00 (includes

binding)

Category: Groomer (women’s

specific)

Lengths: 149-158-166cm

Widths: 121-72-106

Weight: 3800g / pair (Konect)

The perfect blend of

performance and style, light

in weight with the Active

Air Core but with plenty of

power, precision and edge

grip delivered by the Titanal

construction and Powerdrive

sidewall technology.

DYNASTAR//M FREE 108

RRP:$1399.00 (ski only)

Category: Freeride/Big

Mountain

Lengths: 172-182-192cm

Widths: 138-108-128

Weight: 4400g /pair (182)

M-FREE range is meant for

creative skiers searching for

a playful, powerful and agile

ski to get you away from the

resort and into virgin terrain

to express your creativity with

complete confidence. Hunt

your Line!

DYNASTAR// SPEED 763

RRP:$1499.00 (includes Look

NX 12 binding)

Category: Groomer

Lengths: 158-166-174-182cm

Widths: 121-72-106

Weight: 3900g/pair (166cm)

Feed your Speed. The skiers

body works to generate

energy and accelerate.

The 763 uses the latest

technology from the Dynastar

race room to deliver precise

carved turns for those

obsessed with speed. This

ski packs in the new V Tech

Titanal insert, Active Air Core,

sandwich construction and

full sidewall and thanks

to Powerdrive ensuring a

unique gliding experience and

excellent edge grip.

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SUMMIT COLLECTIVE/INFO@SUMMITCOLLECTIVE.CO.NZ// 03 4435410

ROSSIGNOL//WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

SUMMIT COLLECTIVE//INFO@SUMMITCOLLECTIVE.CO.NZ// 03 4435410

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED SKIS

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ARMADA//STRANGER

RRP: $1299.99

Category: All-Mountain

Everything

Lengths: 172, 180cm

Width: 138 - 100 - 120

Weight: 2100g (180)

A ski that you can take to the

groomers on an average day

with friends, carve hard, trick

around on, laugh and have a

good time.

AR75 Sidewall, Poplar Ash

Core, AR Freestyle Rocker,

S7 Base, 2.2 Im-pact Edge,

Springboard Tail, Edgeless Tip.

ARMADA//DECLIVITY 102

RRP: $1349.99

Category: Freeride, All-

Mountain

Lengths:172, 180, 188cm

Width: 135 - 102 - 125

Weight: 1950g (180

A hard-charging all-mtn ski,

the Declivity 102Ti took the

full-throttle thought process

of the Declivity X and applied

it to a versatile chassis,

specifically built to conquer

mixed conditions.

AR100 Sidewall, Caruba Core,

EST Freeride Rocker, Comp

Series Base, 2.5 Impact Edge,

Articulated Titanal Banding..

ARMADA//ARV 106

RRP: $1299.99

Category: Freestyle - All

Mountain

Lengths: 180, 188cm

Width: 135 - 201 - 125

Weight: 2125g (182)

One of the most versatile

all-mountain freestyle skis,

period. The ARV 106 is as at

home surfing the white wave

as it is thrashing the park.

Smear Tec, AR75 Sidewall,

Poplar Ash Core, AR Freestyle

Rocker, S7 Base, 2.2 Impact

Edge.

ARMADA//ARW 96

RRP: $1099.99

Category: All Mountain

Freestyle

Lengths: 156, 163, 170cm

Width: 123 - 96 - 115

Weight: 1650g (163)

The marquee women’s all

mountain freestyle ski. It’s

unique construction reduces

weight while adding pop for

a stable yet responsive feel.

From jumps to jibs let your

style do the talking.

AR75 Sidewall, Poplar Ash

Core, AR Freestyle Rocker, S7

Base, 2.0 Impact Edge

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS SENDER

RRP: $ 1349.99 ski only

Category: All-Mountain, Freeride

Lengths: 172, 178, 186cm

Width: 138-104-127 (178)

Weight: 3.8kg/pair (178)

Blending some of the nimble, easily

accessible characteristics of the old

Soul 7 into BlackOps performance

tech like Dual LCT and Damp Tech,

the Sender is ready for absolutely

anything.

Recycled materials: Topsheet-15%,

Edges-100%, Base-30%

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS ESCAPER

RRP: $ 1199.99

Category: All-Mountain

Lengths: 164, 172, 178, 186cm

Width: 128-94-118 (178)

Weight: 3.6kg/pair (178)

If you’re looking for a one

ski quiver, look no further.

Encompassing fea-tures like

Rossi’s new Damp Tech and Diago

Fibre on a 94mm waist, you can

trust the Escaper anywhere,

anytime.

Recycled materials: Topsheet-15%,

Edges-100%, Base-30%

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS HOLYSHRED

RRP: $1249.99

Category: All-Mountain, Freestyle

Lengths: 182, 192cm

Width: 127 - 88 - 117

Weight: 4.0kg/pair (182)

A true all-rounder, the Holyshred

loves smearing and slashing off-piste,

carving hard turns on the hard pack,

and popping off sidehits or park

jumps. A long-time team favourite.

Recycled materials: Topsheet-15%,

Edges-100%

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS

STARGAZER

RRP: $1199.99

Category: All-Mountain

Lengths: 154, 162, 170cm

Width: 127/92/117 (162)

Weight: 3.2kg/pair (162)

Playful, stable and confidenceinspiring,

the Stargazer is an allmountain

asset for those looking

for a ski equally at home carving

turns on trail as it is blasting

off-piste.

Recycled materials:

Topsheet-15%, Edges-100%,

Base-30%

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LANGE//

FOR STOCKISTS VISIT WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ/BRANDS/LANGE

Photo: Oliver Godbold

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED BOOTS

LANGE//RX 80

RRP: $699.00

Category: All Mountain/Groomers

Length: 22.0 – 27.5

Width: L.V 97mm / 100mm

Arguably the best-selling women’s boot on

the market just got more comfortable with

the addition of “Shin Control” and Thinsulate

insulation for extra warmth. Grip Walk

compatible.

LANGE//LX 120

RRP: $799.00

Category: Groomers/All Mountain

Length: 24.0 – 31.5.

Width: 102mm

All New LX series with the lighter weight

“Dual Core” is the upper recreational end

of boot for the person with a higher volume

foot. The range is available to Men and

Women. All day comfort with no sacrifice on

performance. Grip Walk Compatible.

LANGE//RS 130

RRP: $1099.00

Category: Groomers/Race

Length: 24.0 – 31.5.

Width: L.V 97mm / Wide 100mm

Race heritage and the collaboration with the

best boot fitters in the racing and retail world

has delivered the boot for the highest level

of recreational skiing. Next step up is the full

World Cup level. Dual Core delivers explosive

power, snap and rebound.

LANGE//XT3 130

RRP: $1299.00

Category: Freeride/Tour

Length: 24.0 – 29.5

Last: L.V 97mm Wide 100mm

The all new XT3 is designed on the law

“what goes down, must come up”. Purpose

built for the modern freeride skier, the

XT3 is effortless on the ascent, (53º range

of movement) so you can enjoy the trill

of the descent. Grip Walk mounted soles.

Dynafit® Inserts. Dual Core.

J U N E 2 021// 93


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PATAGONIA

Photo: Adam Clark courtesy of Patagonia

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//S K I &SNOW//FEATURED CLOTHING

PATAGONIA//W’S INSULATED POWDER

BOWL PANTS

RRP: $629.99

Designed from the inside out with 100%

recycled GORE-TEX® face and 60-g

Thermogreen® insulation for warmth, they

provide tough, long-wearing waterproof/

breathable and windproof protection for

all conditions.

PATAGONIA//W’S DEPARTER JACKET

RRP: $569.99

A highly versatile mountain-to-town

jacket, with durable 2-layer GORE-TEX®

face, mesh lining to wick moisture, and

all the critical snow features to keep you

comfortable and moving freely.

PATAGONIA//M’S POWSLAYER JACKET

RRP: $1,149.99

Featuring the highly durable 3-layer nylon

ripstop GORE-TEX® Pro shell, helmetcompatible

hood, watertight slim zippers,

adjustable powder gasket and concealed

RECCO® reflector, it is also Fair Trade

Certified sewn.

PATAGONIA//M’S POWSLAYER BIBS

RRP: $899.99

Lightweight and optimised for

backcountry touring, the GORE-TEX®

Pro fabric package includes the first

ever 100% recycled nylon face fabric,

delivering the highest level of durable

waterproof/breathable and windproof

protection available.

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J U N E 2 021// 95


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NEVADA SPORT//

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED CLOTHING

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MERRELL //MIDWEIGHT SYNTHETIC

INSULATED PARKA MEN’S

RRP: $499.00

Taking Cues from Japanese streetwear,

this parka is both toasty warm and brings

a stylish look that will work as an everyday

winter coat, whether you’re on the side of

rugby field or in the city.

MERRELL //MOAB ADVENTURE CHELSEA

POLAR WATERPROOF MEN’S

RRP: $299.00

Get all-day comfort with the same outof-the-box

fit you expect from Moab. This

chelsea delivers a lifestyle look, insulated

layer for winter warmth, waterproofing,

and traction you can trust.

MERRELL //TREMBLANT EZRA LACE

POLAR WATERPROOF WOMEN’S

RRP: $329.00

Step outside this winter in style and

confidence with a winter boot that is

equipped to keep you going. 200g of

insulation combined with a waterproof liner

will keep your feet warm and dry during the

cold weather.

MERRELL //RIDGEVENT HYBRID PARKA

WOMEN’S

RRP: $549.00

Stay warm and comfortable in a go-to

parka you won’t want to take off this winter.

Blending responsibly sourced waterproof

goose down and Primaloft synthetic

insulation with a BackVent technology

to provide warmth even when wet and

breathability when it matters.

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ELAN SKIS//WINGMAN 86CTI $1599.00 INC ATTACK 14 BINDING.

FEATURES: 130/86/115. The closest bridge into the Ripstick collection. The

86CTI is wide enough to explore off piste but crushes groomers all day

long.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

DYNASTAR//SPEED 563 KONECT (GROOMERS) $1399.00 (BINDING

INCLUDED)

FEATURES: S.C 125-74-106. R14m (170cm) Hybrid Poplar / PU Core,

V-Tech, Fiberglass sandwich, Full Sidewall.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

ELAN SKIS//WINGMAN 86TI $1399.00 INC ATTACK 14 BINDING.

FEATURES: 130/86/115. Capable of making the perfect tun across all terrain

and any speed.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

DYNASTAR//963 KONECT (GROOMERS) $1699.00 (BINDING INCLUDED)

FEATURES: S.C122-68-104. R12m (162cm) Hybrid Poplar / PU Core,

V-Tech, Fiberglass sandwich, Full Sidewall.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

ELAN SKIS//WINGMAN 82CTI $1499.00 INC ATTACK 14 BINDING.

FEATURES: 129/82/112. The 82CTI is a dynamic ski that boosts power into

every turn and finishes smooth run after run.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

DYNASTAR//M FREE 99 (PROGRESSIVE FREERIDE) $1299.00 (SKI ONLY)

FEATURES: S.C 128-99-120. R17m (179) Hybrid poplar / PU core,

Fiberglass Torsion box, Sandwich, Full Sidewall.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

ELAN SKIS//WINGMAN 82TI $1299.00 INC BINDING.

FEATURES: 129/82/112. If you like cruising all day the 82Ti – guaranteed to be

your best all mountain buddy.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

DYNASTAR//M PRO 90 (FREERIDE) $1199.00 (SKI ONLY)

FEATURES: S.C 118-90-108. R18m (178), Hybrid Poplar / PU core, Titanal

Rocket Frame, Fiberglass torsion box, Sandwich, full Sidewall.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

ELAN SKIS//WILDCAT 82 C $1199.00 INC BINDING.

FEATURES: 129/82/112. Stays in control. Gives you confidence. Turns with

ease and makes you look good.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

DYNASTAR//M PRO 84 (ALL MOUNTAIN) $999.00 (SKI ONLY)

SPECS: 122-84-105. R15m (170), Poplar Core, Tip and Tail Rocker,

5 Point Sidecut, Fiberglass Sandwich, Full Sidewall.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//SKIS

ELAN SKIS//BLACK EDITION RIPSTICK 96 $1899.00 INC ATTACK 14 BINDING.

FEATURES: 134/96/113. Add extra carbon, shave some weight and you have

the ultimate all round weapon for all types of skiing.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

ELAN SKIS//RIPSTICK 96 MENS $1699.00 INC ATTACK 14 BINDING.

FEATURES: 134/96/113. This ski has proven to be the ultimate freeride ski of

choice for skiers looking for a lightweight and versatile stick in all conditions.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

ELAN SKIS//RIPSTICK 94 WOMENS $1499.00 INC ATTACK 11 BINDING.

FEATURES: 136/94/111. Light, fun, playful and stable. This is a ladies swiss

army knife.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

DYNASTAR//INTENSE 4X4 78 (ALL MOUNTAIN / WOMEN’S SPECIFIC)

$999.00 (BINDING INCLUDED)

SPECS: 122-78-106. R13m (158). Hybrid Sapelli / PU core. 3D Profile,

Central Sidewall, Tip Rocker.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

SEGO//BIG HORN 106 $ 963.00 TO $1156.00

SPECS: The Big Horns make the whole mountain your playground. They are

the perfect balance between the confidence to shred anything and the

playfulness to jib and butter to your heart’s content. WWW.SEGOSKIS.COM

SEGO//CONDOR 108 $1156.00

SPECS: The Condor was developed with Dorian Densmore as a modern one

ski quiver. It is as comfortable spinning laps in the backcountry as it is as the

resort. WWW.SEGOSKIS.COM

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ELAN SKIS//RIPSTICK 88 MENS $1399.00 INC ATTACK 11 BINDING.

FEATURES: 130/88/105. The all mountain fun machine is more forgiving but

just as adventurous as the 96.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

ARMADA//DECLIVITY 92TI $1249.99

FEATURES: Taking inspirations from big mountain and racing in construction,

the Declivity series is for serious all-mountain charging.

WWW.ARMADASKIS.COM

ELAN SKIS//RIPSTICK 88 WOMENS $1399.00 INC ATTACK 11 BINDING.

FEATURES: 130/88/105. Wide enough to handle whatever the mountain

dishes out and light enough to make any condition look easy.

WWW.ELANSKIS.COM

ARMADA//ARV 96 $1099.99

FEATURES: The ultimate all-rounder, there isn’t a part of the mountain this ski

isn’t happy in. WWW.ARMADASKIS.COM

BLACK CROWS//CAMOX BIRDIE $1399.95

FEATURES: A womens specific, incomparable mid-fat all terrain ski reputed

for its tolerance and playfulness. The association of a very progressive flex

and good length side lines brings great manoeuvrability and strong hold at

high speed. With a DNA derived from freestyle, the progressive and supple

flex makes it easy to handle and adapted to progression; whereas its side

lines give a very effective and stable edge. .WWW.BLACK-CROWS.COM

ROSSIGNOL//HERO ELITE PLUS TI $1749.99

SPECS: Race ski construction on a wider body, this is a stable short radius

weapon with just a hint of forgiveness.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

BLACK CROWS//NAVIS FREEBIRD $1599.95

FEATURES: 102 mm dedicated to the spirit of adventure and touring. A

beautiful balance between lift and skiability, alpine driving and progressive

front rocker, the navis freebrid is cut for distant or everyday quests. Your

ideal companion for a days touring and a days piste.

WWW.BLACK-CROWS.COM

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS STARGAZER $1199.99 SKI ONLY

SPECS: Confidence-inspiring stability at speed and nimble when you want to

relax, delivered in a versatile width.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

SEGO//COMP $1239.00

SPECS: A new generation of big mountain comp ski for a new generation

of big mountain skiers.

These chargers were designed as Isaac Freeland’s FWT ski and they trick

as well as they charge.

WWW. WWW.SEGOSKIS.COM

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS RALLYBIRD $1299.99 (SKI ONLY)

SPECS: Effortless performance for the off-piste inclined, the Rallybird

delivers smooth control at all speeds.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

SEGO//LUPINE $963.00 TO $1032.00

SPECS: These beauties thrive and inspire confidence in all terrain types and

conditions. Ice, powder, corn, and looking good in the parking lot – the Lupine

has you covered. WWW.SEGOSKIS.COM

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS ESCAPER $1199.99 (SKI ONLY)

SPECS: Built for all-mountain versatility, take the Escaper into any and all

conditions with confidence.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

SEGO//WAVE $1533.00

SPECS: The Waves have been tested by mountain guides and yahoos in

the high peaks of the Tetons and are a one ski quiver for the backcountry

skier with big goals. WWW.SEGOSKIS.COM

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS SENDER $ 1349.99 SKI ONLY

SPECS: The characteristics of the Soul 7 with a much higher performance

ceiling and edge grip in mind.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

SEGO//MBZ PRO $585.00

SPECS: Mario Balzano’s pro model blade. “Tips up, it’s time to send” - Mario

Balzano, the world’s greatest snowblader. WWW.SEGOSKIS.COM

ROSSIGNOL//BLACKOPS SENDER TI $1449.99 SKI ONLY

SPECS: Unbridled freeride performance with a playful personality, the

Sender Ti is here to satiate the shredders.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM


HEAD//WOMEN’S KORE 2

RRP:$1199.00

The combination of lightweight and

performance meets your freeskiing needs.

The new Superleggera buckles give your

feet a precise and comfortable fit. The

Ski-Hike mechanism provides a strong

connection between cuff and shell.

WWW.HEADSNOW.CO.NZ

HEAD//EDGE LYT 130

RRP:$899.00

Enjoy better skiing with less effort. The

power-efficient design of the new Edge LYT

features Graphene infused plastic combined

with the new Smart Frame shell delivers

the perfect balance between performance,

comfort, and lightweight design.

WWW.HEADSNOW.CO.NZ

HEAD//WM’S EDGE LYT 90 W

RRP:$799.00

Customisation, comfort and ease of

use define the easy entry all-ride EDGE

LYT 90 W, providing comfortable all-day

performance to experienced skiers.

Featuring revolutionary EDGE LYT design,

which provides direct skier to ski power

transfer, supreme balance and control

through turns and enhanced

customisation, rear support

and energy transmission.

WWW.HEADSNOW.CO.NZ

HEAD//WOMEN’S NEXO LYT 100

RRP:$1099.00

LAST: RS 1850cc FLEX: 100/90

The revolutionary Liquid Fit Technology provides

you with the maximum level of comfort and fit.

The customisation process is fast, easy and can

be done anytime. Moreover, to improve comfort

you have more space in the toe box. With Duo

Flex, you experience precise ski control

through all levels of your turns.

WWW.HEADSNOW.CO.NZ

LANGE//RSJ60

RRP:$289.90

LAST: Junior FLEX: 60

The easy flexing boot for junior racers and

all-mountain skiers, the RSJ 60 offers the perfect

blend of comfort and performance for skiers ages

12 and under.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

HEAD//KORE 1

RRP:$1299.00

LAST: S 1850cc FLEX: 130

With the KORE 1, you follow your own

paths. The combination of lightweight,

performance, ski-hike mechanism and

Dynafit tech insert meets your freeskiing

needs. The new Superleggera

buckles give your feet a precise

and comfortable fit.

WWW.HEADSNOW.CO.NZ

ROSSIGNOL//SPEED 120

RRP:$699.99

LAST: 104 FLEX: 120

A performance downhill boot with a wider

fit and custom moldable liners for feet

needing a bit of breathing space.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

LANGE//STARLET

RRP:$289.90

LAST: Junior FLEX: 60

The easy flexing boot for junior girl skiers, the

Starlet 60 offers the perfect blend of comfort

and performance for skiers ages 10 and under.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

ROSSIGNOL//ALLTRACK PRO 130 GW

RRP:$1099.99

LAST: 100 FLEX: 130

A trustworthy workhorse, designed to

hold you properly for morning resort laps

followed by afternoon tour laps.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//BOOTS

LANGE//RX 120

RRP:$899.00

Flex 120, Last 100mm & LV 97mm. Gripwalk®

compatible.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

ROSSIGNOL//PURE PRO

100 W

RRP:$799.99

LAST: 100 FLEX: 100

A performance boot with custom

moldable liners for unsurpassed

comfort. Combine that with Merino wool

insulation and you’ll have the warmth to

stay out all day.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

ROSSIGNOL//ALL TRACK ELITE 120 W

RRP:$999.99

LAST: 98 FLEX: 120

Narrower fitting, high performance

all-rounder with tech compatibility.

Touring function without compromising

the descent.

WWW.ROSSIGNOL.COM

WITH US THIS

WINTER.

LANGE//LX 80W

RRP:$699.00

Flex 80, Last 102mm. Gripwalk® compatible.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

LANGE//RX 110 W

RRP:$899.00

Flex110, Last 100mm & LV 97mm.

Gripwalk® compatible.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

LANGE//XT3 80 WIDE S.C (YOUTH

FREERIDE)

RRP:$699.00

Flex 80, Last 100mm.Shoet Cuff. Gripwalk®

compatible, Dynafit® Tech Insert. Active

Power V Lock.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

Layer up in our stylish cold weather products,

to keep you warm, dry and looking good.

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2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//CLOTHING

SMARTWOOL//WOMEN’S INTRAKNIT MERINO 200 CREW

RRP: $220.00 SPECS: This minimalist-style crew is anything

but insignificant. It is a lightweight, super-moveable top,

perfect for all of your sweatiest cold-weather activities. With

Merino blend yarns and gender-specific ventilation perfectly

placed to maximize thermoregulation and breathability

in high-intensity activities, it helps amplify moisture

management, movement, and comfort.

WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//MEN’S INTRAKNIT MERINO 200 CREW

RRP: $220.00 SPECS: Smartwool Men’s Intraknit Merino

200 Crew is a lightweight, super-moveable top, made

for all of your most extreme cold-weather activities.

With Merino blend yarns and gender-specific ventilation

perfectly placed to maximize thermoregulation and

breathability in high-intensity activities, it helps amplify

moisture management, movement, and comfort.

WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//WOMEN’S SMARTLOFT -X 60 HOODIE FULL ZIP

RRP: $430.00 SPECS: Smartloft-X 60 Hoodie Full Zip was designed

to be breathable while helping block out the elements. Fully

lined with Merino blend fabric, this midlayer helps keep you

temperature-regulated and dry while the outer material helps

blocks out harsh winds. No matter if you’re out skate-skiing or

skinning in for your favorite side-country line, this piece is a great

addition to any kit. WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

MERRELL//WHISPER RAIN JACKET MEN’S (POLAR)

RRP:$399.00 SPECS: 100% waterproof, soft 4-way stretch

jacket that breathes and feels as comfortable and

quiet as a soft-shell.

WWW.MERRELL.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//MEN’S SMARTLOFT 120 JACKET

RRP: $350.00 SPECS: Our Men’s Smartloft 120 Jacket is

performance up front and breathability in the back. The

front of the jacket features our 120g proprietary 50%

recycled wool insulation, giving you breathable, lightweight,

packable warmth. The back panel is our Sport Fleece fabric

with a DWR finish, perfect for high-intensity workouts.

WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

MERRELL//RIDGEVENT HYBRID JACKET WOMEN’S

RRP:$399.00 SPECS: Blending responsibly sourced

goose down with synthetic fibres in a jacket that stays

warm when wet and features innovative BackVent

technology.

WWW.MERRELL.CO.NZ

MERRELL//TERRAIN GEOTEX FULL ZIP HOODY MEN’S & WOMENS

RRP:$169.00 SPECS: Layer up this winter with a grid backed fleece full zip

that wicks moisture.

WWW.MERRELL.CO.NZ

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//CLOTHING

RAB//KHROMA KINETIC PANTS – MEN’S &

WOMEN’S

RRP:$599.95 SPECS: Our Khroma Kinetic Pant is

purpose-built for uphill practicality as well as downhill

protection. It uses new three-layer Proflex fabric,

with a moisture-wicking inner knit and a DWR-treated

20D stretch-woven outer for the ideal combination

of extreme mountain waterproofing and sweat-free

dryness on gruelling ascents. With integrated elastane,

the ‘soft’ hardshell texture offers outstanding mobility

for technical climbs and, for extra mountain utility,

the Women’s Khroma Kinetic Pant also features an

adjustable waist, side-venting zips and removable

braces. In addition to reinforcement patches for ski

buckles and edges, there are easy-access pockets for

every quick-grab item the ski mountaineer might need.

FROM RAB SPECIALIST RETAILERS THROUGHOUT NZ

MERRELL//RIDGEVENT HYBRID ANORAK MEN’S

RRP:$449.00 SPECS: Blending responsibly sourced goose

down with synthetic fibres in a jacket that stays warm

when wet and features innovative BackVent technology.

WWW.MERRELL.CO.NZ

RAB//KHROMA GTX JACKET – MEN’S & WOMEN’S

RRP:$1099.95 SPECS: The Khroma GTX ski jacket is

designed for cold, deep winter powder. Constructed

from a hybrid of hardwearing, fully recycled 70D

GORE-TEX® Pro fabrics, it combines durable

waterproof performance with extreme breathability

for outstanding weather protection and comfort. A

fully adjustable hem and cuffs promote a secure fit

and there is also a pair of deep two-way pit zips for

increased ventilation.

FROM RAB SPECIALIST RETAILERS THROUGHOUT NZ

RAB//KHROMA KINETIC JACKET – MEN’S & WOMEN’S

RRP:$599.95 SPECS: Stretchy, breathable and waterproof, the

Khroma Kinetic Jacket is as comfortable with steep, rocky

ascents as it is with backcountry ski tours. Built from new

20D Proflex fabric, it comprises a wicking polyester inner

and a woven DWR-coated polyamide outer for an extreme

20,000mm waterproof rating and outstanding moisture

management during tough physical work.

FROM RAB SPECIALIST RETAILERS THROUGHOUT NZ

MERRELL//WHISPER RAIN INSULATED PARKA WOMEN’S

RRP:$599.00 SPECS: 100% waterproof stylish long coat,

comfortable 4-way stretch and warm DownPlus+ insulation.

WWW.MERRELL.CO.NZ

RAB//KHROMA GTX BIB – MEN’S & WOMEN’S

RRP:$999.95 SPECS: TThe Khroma GTX Bib is all about

protection, toughness and Big Mountain practicality. It

uses new recycled GORE-TEX® Pro Most Breathable,

reinforced with GORE-TEX® Pro Most Rugged

for 28,000mm waterproofing alongside extreme

breathability to skin up, to bootpack and to embrace

deep-powder descents in complete comfort. The fit

is also highly tailored, thanks to an adjustable waist,

articulated knee darts, removable braces and a

removable Matrix softshell bib.

FROM RAB SPECIALIST RETAILERS THROUGHOUT NZ


PRET//CYNIC X

RRP:$279.00 SPECS: Mips. In Mold Shell, Low profile /

Light Weight. X-Static linner, Fidlock magnetic buckle,

Audio ready.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

PRET//LYRIC X

RRP:$279.00 SPECS: Mips. In Mold Shell, Low profile /

Light Weight. X-Static liner, Fidlock magnetic buckle,

Audio ready.

WWW.BOBO.CO.NZ

POW//STEALTH GORE-TEX GLOVE

RRP:$209.99 SPECS: If you’re gonna do it, do

it properly. All the best materials without

emptying your wallet. www.POWGLOVES.COM

POW//EMPRESS GORE-TEX GLOVE

RRP:$179.99 SPECS: For unbeatable function and style

look no further. Guaranteed to keep you dry. WWW.

POWGLOVES.COM

HEAD//RADAR HELMET

RRP: $429.00 SPECS: Form follows function in its best

execution. The perfect combination between lens

and helmet, integrated in a way which sets new

standards in helmet construction. Taking the best of

both worlds, this helmet combines the advantages

of wearing a goggle with those of wearing a visor.

WWW.HEADSNOW.CO.NZ

HEAD//RACHEL HELMET

RRP: $429.00 SPECS: With its revolutionary

construction, this new helmet heralds the start of

a paradigm shift in head protection. The innovative

combination of a visor helmet with the advantages

of wearing a goggle are integrated into a product

which is outstanding in terms of fit, style and

performance. WWW.HEADSNOW.CO.NZ

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//SKIS

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//CLOTHING

MERRELL//TREMBLANT EZRA TALL WATERPROOF

RRP:$349.00 SPECS: With style and warmth mixed into

one, this is a tall and insulated winter boot that will

keep you dry all winter long.

WWW.MERRELL.CO.NZ

MERRELL//MOAB ADVENTURE MID WATERPROOF

RRP:$299.00 SPECS: Get all-day comfort with the same

out-of-the-box fit you expect from Moab.

WWW.MERRELL.CO.NZ

MERRELL//TREMBLANT MID POLAR WATERPROOF

WOMEN’S

RRP:$349.00 SPECS: Designed for frozen winters. This mid cut

boot takes on the cold with warm insulation, waterproof lining

and traction for icy conditions.

WWW.MERRELL.CO.NZ

BLACK DIAMOND //DAWN PATROL 32 BACKPACK

RRP:279.99 SPECS: A mid-sized lightweight ski pack

designed for maximum versatility, the Dawn Patrol 32

accommodates either skis or a snowboard.

WWW.SOUTHERNAPPROACH.CO.NZ

BLACK DIAMOND //CIRQUE 45 BACKPACK

RRP:329.99 SPECS: A technical ski mountaineering pack

with a large-sized capacity for big missions and overnight

trips.

WWW.SOUTHERNAPPROACH.CO.NZ

ALECK//006 TM UNIVERSAL WIRELESS HELMET

AUDIO & COMMUNICATION

SPECS: The Aleck 006 is a Bluetooth® 5 enabled

water resistant audio system that fits perfectly in

your ski or snowboard helmet. It connects you to

your group via glove-friendly, one-touch walkietalkie

connectivity directly from your lid!

WWW.HEADSNOW.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//WOMEN’S PHD® PRO FREESKI SOCKS

RRP: $60.00 SPECS: Performing like the pros begins with

wearing Angel Collinson’s signature sock, the Smartwool

PhD® Pro Freeski. Using Collinson’s insight, these

socks have been built to perform for steep descents

and help lock feet into ski boots. They’re also made

with Smartwool’s exclusive sock innovations including

Indestructawool technology for enhanced durability;

4 Degree elite fit system for a performance-oriented

fit; and Shred Shield technology for reduced wear

from toes. The design includes contoured shin and ankle

cushioning with a flat knit toe box, as well as a wider welt

for a secure fit and comfort.WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//WOMEN’S PHD® SKI ULTRA LIGHT PRINT

SOCKS

RRP: $70.00 SPECS: Get the style you love and support you need

with Smartwool’s thinnest ski socks. These lightweight over-thecalf

ski socks feature Smartwool’s exclusive sock innovations

including Indestructawool technology for enhanced durability,

4 Degree elite fit system for a dialed, performance-oriented fit,

and Shred Shield technology for reduced wear from toes. They

are designed with a wider welt to help ensure the perfect fit and

body-mapped mesh zones help keep things breathable.

WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//MEN’S ATHLETE EDITION SKI RACE SOCKS

RRP: $60.00 SPECS: Using insights of pro skier and a gold

medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, Smartwool has constructed the

Athlete Edition Ski Race socks. These feature Smartwool’s

exclusive sock innovations including Indestructawool

technology for enhanced durability, 4 Degree elite fit system

for a dialed, performance-oriented fit, and Shred Shield

technology for reduced wear from toes. The design includes

contoured shin cushioning, as well as a wider welt for a secure

fit and comfort.

WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//MEN’S PHD® SNOW LIGHT ELITE

PRINT SOCKS

RRP: $60.00 SPECS: Smartwool PhD® Snow Light

Elite Print socks combine the benefits of responsibly

sourced Merino wool with unique Eric Jackson inspired

artwork for a one-of-a-kind snow sock. These feature

Smartwool’s exclusive sock technologies including

Indestructawool for improved durability, Virtually

Seamless toe for enhanced comfort, and 4 Degree

elite fit system for a dialed, performance-oriented fit.

WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//PHD® SLOPESTYLE LIGHT ELITE VANS

WOODLAND PRINT SOCKS

RRP: $60.00 SPECS: Smartwool performance. Vans

personality. The PhD® Slopestyle Light Elite Vans

Woodland Print sock is made for long days and epic turns.

These feature Smartwool’s exclusive technologies, like

targeted cushioning in the shin and calf, body-mapped

mesh zones, and 4 Degree elite fit system - making these

socks stylish and performance-driven.

WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ

SMARTWOOL//WOMEN’S PHD® SKI MEDIUM FOX

PATTERN SOCKS

RRP: $60.00 SPECS: Foxy, fun, and functional, the

Smartwool Women’s PhD® Ski Medium Fox Pattern socks

use responsibly sourced Merino wool with a unique Iuna

Tinta design. They are designed with a wider welt to help

ensure the perfect fit and body-mapped mesh zones help

keep things breathable.

WWW.SMARTWOOL.CO.NZ


BLACK DIAMOND //TRANSFER 3 SHOVEL

RRP:$99.99 SPECS: Built with an extendable,

removable handle and anodized high-volume

blade profile to move more snow from the

smallest footprint.

WWW.SOUTHERNAPPROACH.CO.NZ

SUNSAVER //24K

RRP:$199.00 SPECS: Built tough for the outdoors

with a massive 24,000mAh capacity to charge all

your devices.

WWW.SUNSAVER.CO.NZ

SUNSAVER //SUPER-FLEX

RRP:$199.00 SPECS: Charge your phone and portable

devices directly from the sun with 14-Watts of solar

power.

WWW.SUNSAVER.CO.NZ

BLACK DIAMOND //ASCENSION CLIMBING SKINS

RRP:$299.99 SPECS: Available in fixed lengths, with

pre-installed, redesigned tip and tail attachments. The

patented STS tail attachment system provides up to 10

cm of adjustability.

WWW.SOUTHERNAPPROACH.CO.NZ

2021 BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//ACCESSORIES

LEKI//AIRFOIL 3D (MENS) &

ARTENA AIRFOIL 3D (WOMENS)

ALPINE POLES

RRP:$169.95 SPECS: Fast, precise

& perfect for short sporty

curves. More control with

Trigger 3D connection with

pole & gloves, simple click in &

out. Aerodynamic & extremely

resistant against stress &

vibration.

WWW.MOUNTAINADVENTURE.CO.NZ

LEKI//NEOLITE AIRFOIL – NON-

TRIGGER ALPINE POLE

RRP:$119.95 SPECS: Close grip between

hand & pole with new Pro G PAS grip. Can

be infinitely adjusted to desired length.

Aerodynamic teardrop Airfoil shape

makes this lightweight strap pole stable

& dynamic.

WWW.MOUNTAINADVENTURE.CO.NZ

BLACK DIAMOND //QUICKDRAW

PROBE TOUR 240

RRP:$119.99 SPECS: A 240 cm probe for

shallow snowpacks, lightweight tours

and avalanche rescue practice.

WWW.SOUTHERNAPPROACH.CO.NZ

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BLACK CROWS//FIRMO POLE

RRP:$169.95 SPECS: A pole

destined for ski areas and more

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Firmo is made of a high calibre

7075 aluminium alloy with a

diameter of 16 mm. As for the

grip, this new version is fitted

with a specific grip with a very

angular morphology which

makes it very good to hold ; it is

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WWW.OUTFITTERS.NET.NZ

BLACK CROWS//FURTIS POLE

RRP:$169.95 SPECS: Still with its

celebrated 22 mm diameter, still in

100% composite – very strong and

ultra-light thanks to its slightly

bendy structure that can absorb

shocks – the Furtis has been

updated, including a refinement

at the top of its long grip making

it easier to grasp. As for its wrist

strap inspired by safety-harness, it

is now fixed with a tougher cap.

WWW.OUTFITTERS.NET.NZ

LEKI//CARBON 14 3D

ALPINE POLE

RRP:$199.95 SPECS: 100%

Carbon equipped with new

Trigger 3D slalom grip offering

more control through pole &

glove connection. Improved

ease of use with quick, simple

click in & out!

WWW.MOUNTAINADVENTURE.CO.NZ

LEKI//AERGON 3

ALPINE TOURING POLE

RRP:$259.95 SPECS: Compact &

strong 3-part touring Speed Lock

2 pole adjusts quickly & easily. The

Aergon grip has large supporting

surface at the grip head. The

binding basket is specially

designed for backcountry skiers.

WWW.MOUNTAINADVENTURE.CO.NZ

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UNIVERSAL BLUETOOTH® HI-FI AUDIO AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

FOR AUDIO-READY SKI AND SNOWBOARD HELMETS

The first major snows are starting to fall across the Southern

Hemisphere, and snow lovers are gearing up for the imminent

resort openings. Of course, the usual pre-season rituals are being

performed; watching videos, keeping tabs on the weather, getting an

edge and wax… and searching for that amazing new piece of gear

that will kick this season off right.

Of all the exciting new technology available this season, now

available to Kiwi and Aussie snowsports enthusiasts is a way to

convert their snow helmet into an audio and communications marvel.

THE ALECK 006 - UNIVERSAL WIRELESS HELMET

AUDIO & COMMUNICATION

Aleck 006 is the wireless audio system that brings premium sound

and push-to-talk communication capability to any ski or snowboard

helmet. With simple, glove-friendly controls for music and instant

group communication from anywhere on the mountain, Aleck 006

puts your playlist at your fingertips, keeps your squad in touch on

storm days, and makes meeting up for aprés easy. Any day on the

snow is a good one, but the Aleck 006 makes every run better.

GROUP PUSH-TO-TALK COMMS

We all know how to use a walkie-talkie, and that’s how Aleck 006

works—just press and talk. The Aleck GO! app (iPhone and Android)

lets you easily switch channels between single users and as many

custom groups as you want to create. Keep a family group and a big

friend group, and add friends and family members on the fly.

HIGH-FIDELITY AUDIO

Aleck 006 is tuned for the optimal helmet audio experience right out

of the box, with crisp highs and hard-hitting lows from its two 40mm

titanium drivers. Need a more individual audio experience? The

powerful in-app equalizer allows you to fine-tune the treble, bass, and

midrange until you nail that signature sound.

GROUP GPS MAPPING

Losing touch on the mountain is all too easy, especially on storm days

and among riders with different ability levels. With GPS tracking in the

Aleck GO! app, you can map the location of everyone in your crew—

whether you’re waiting at the lift for a friend or you’re the one who’s

gone AWOL!

UNIVERSAL FIT

Aleck 006 features a low-profile, lightweight design that’s compatible

with any audio-ready snow helmet—at least every one we could get

our hands on.


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