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ISSUE # 27<br />

WINTER <strong>2022</strong><br />

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they’re coming...<br />

By the time you read this editorial, I think that we will have a clear idea of the<br />

number of inbound tourists that will be flooding New Zealand this winter. We<br />

have had two years of “quiet times’ and although it has been devasting on our<br />

operators, businesses and tourism infrastructure, the upside is that it has been<br />

uncrowded, quiet even.<br />

We all need to look at the big picture, we enjoy such amazing snow-based<br />

facilities here in New Zealand, not because of local skiers but because of<br />

the number of inbound tourists. The operators, the hotels, the vineyards, the<br />

restaurants, and even staffing are all linked to an inbound visitation. It will be<br />

easy for us to throw up our hands and wish for those uncrowded days. But<br />

we need to remember that with those uncrowded days goes unemployment,<br />

closure, a complete lack of facilities and a restriction of everything that is<br />

available.<br />

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contained herein.<br />

Really, we have a responsibility to welcome those returning to our shores, and<br />

slopes, those who will spend and invest in New Zealand. We are no longer a<br />

self-sufficient island but a hub for worldwide inbound tourism. Those arriving<br />

first will be from Australia, but as of this July the doors are opened even wider<br />

and as confidence grows so will the confidence of those travelling to our<br />

shores whether that be in summer or winter.<br />

In <strong>2022</strong>, tourism will be back on track. We need to toughen up on concerns<br />

about the numbers on the ski fields and collectively share a huge sigh of relief<br />

that we are back on the tourism track. Tourism is New Zealand’s biggest<br />

export industry, contributing 20.1% of total exports and it generated a direct<br />

annual contribution to GDP of $16.4 billion, we need that!<br />

I am not going to talk about the upside of covid because it is exceedingly<br />

rare and bordering on insulting for those who have lost so much. But when<br />

things change for the good (or the bad) it does bring into view our levels of<br />

appreciation for how it is or once was.<br />

It really is time for us to appreciate the season whatever it may offer and<br />

simply make the very most out of what we have with whoever is here to share.<br />

Cheers, Steve Dickinson (Editor)<br />


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“They say it's not if you win or lose<br />

but how you play the game.<br />

It's only sport<br />

And not important -<br />

Observe the Olympic flame.<br />

But every Aussie knows the score -<br />

We all share that gut feeling.<br />

As the medal count begins to mount...<br />

Let us beat New Zealand!”<br />

In 1991, in the lead up to the 1992 Summer<br />

Olympics, Australian sports TV program, “Live<br />

and Sweaty” released the song “I Don’t Care,<br />

as Long as we Beat New Zealand.” It was a<br />

parody, written by Andrew Denton, describing<br />

the sporting rivalry between Australia and New<br />

Zealand, and played homage to the fact that NZ<br />

were outperforming Australia in almost every<br />

sporting event...<br />

However, despite our reputation as being a<br />

“winning nation”, New Zealand had failed to clinch<br />

a medal at any Winter Olympics. A year later, in<br />

1992, Kiwi Annelise Coberger became the first<br />

person from the Southern Hemisphere to win a<br />

medal at the Winter Olympics, taking out Silver in<br />

the slalom at Albertville in France.<br />

Despite many talented athletes in the following<br />

years, New Zealand was unable to recreate<br />

Annalise’s Olympic success. The Wells brothers,<br />

who dominated the skiing scene in the 2010’s,<br />

were unable to attain medals at the Olympics<br />

despite podium finishes and wins at the XGames.<br />

Jossi came close in the 2014 Winter Olympics,<br />

placing 4th in the halfpipe but Byron was forced<br />

to withdraw due to injury which plagued both<br />

athletes in the following Olympics in 2018.<br />

So, it was an additional 26 years before New<br />

Zealand broke the drought, when then 16-yearolds,<br />

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous<br />

won Bronze in South Korea in 2018. The win<br />

made Zoi NZ’s youngest ever Olympic medalist<br />

(at 16 years 353 days) before Nico won later the<br />

same day at 16 years 91 days old. With both<br />

competitors achieving well outside expectations<br />

and at such young ages, NZ hopes were high<br />

for the 2021/<strong>2022</strong> Winter Olympics. Previously,<br />

Zoi and Nico outperformed all other competitors<br />

at the preceding X Games, a good litmus test for<br />

what to except at the Winter Olympics, and we<br />

were not disappointed.<br />

The historic moment of winning NZ first Gold<br />

medal at the Winter Olympics was achieved by<br />

20 year old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and a few days<br />

later Nico Porteous won another.<br />

For a country known for its exceptional Southern<br />

Alps, a people known for their adventurous spirit<br />

and incredible achievements in the mountains<br />

by pioneers such as Sir Edmund Hillary, it’s<br />

surprising that it took so long for New Zealand to<br />

make its mark at the Winter Olympics. However,<br />

whatever the reason for the drought, Zoi and Nico<br />

have certainly made their mark and their names<br />

are now firmly in NZ’s history books.<br />

For more of an insight into what it takes to make<br />

an Olympiad, we caught up with Tommy Pyatt,<br />

Nico’s long-time coach, for a bit of insight into<br />

what it has taken for Kiwis to strike gold.<br />

How long have you been coaching Nico?<br />

I started with Nico and his brother Miguel when<br />

he was 6 years old and their first experience out<br />

of ski racing and in the park. So about 14 years.<br />

I was working at Cardrona as a Freestyle coach<br />

at the High Performance Centre and they picked<br />

my face off the website for not looking too scary<br />

I guess.<br />

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“Now there are so many<br />

more elements to the role<br />

and much less teaching. At<br />

the start he would say, “Well<br />

you show us first,” that’s<br />

obviously not happening<br />

now! He thinks it’s funny if I<br />

even do a jump.”<br />

Nico doing what he does best<br />

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Zoi Sadowski-Synnott during day 2 finals of the Natural Selection Tour at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson, Wyoming, USA,<br />

Image by Chris Wellhausen / Red Bull Content Pool<br />

“The historic moment of winning NZ first Gold<br />

medal at the Winter Olympics was achieved<br />

by 20 year old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott”<br />

What does a coach actually do?<br />

What I do with him has changed so much over the years.<br />

At first there was a lot of the very basics. Teaching basic<br />

stance on skis and off jumps or on rails for example. Also<br />

having him ski full days. Time on skis was key then. Now<br />

there are so many more elements to the role and much less<br />

teaching. At the start he would say, “Well you show us first,”<br />

that’s obviously not happening now! He thinks it’s funny if I<br />

even do a jump.<br />

I do much more checking he is on track each day and that,<br />

what he is doing is safe to move on to the next step. For<br />

example if he is doing a cork 9 in the pipe, I check that the<br />

height was ok and the pop was safe to up that to a dub 12 or<br />

16. Just an extra eye he trusts I guess. I do a lot of long term<br />

planning for where his tricks should be in years to come and<br />

where he should train and compete to match that plan. Lots<br />

of time at the trampoline, halfpipe and some jumps too, in the<br />

home season. In the away season its Pipe camps that have<br />

airbags to learn new tricks or following the competitions.<br />

There’s also so much normal living things to do over the<br />

away season. Booking rental cars, food shops, entering<br />

events and camps etc. Luckily these days there is a team at<br />

home helping with that too.<br />

How does a typical coaching day look?<br />

I’ll split this in to home and away as they are so different. In<br />

NZ I’ll head up Cardrona early and set up the airbag for the<br />

quarter pipe and hope for not too much digging out of snow.<br />

Nico will come up and use that for a bit before getting into<br />

the pipe. I’ll be there to film it all and show him right there.<br />

(We don’t do much video review after anymore) I’ll do what’s<br />

needed to make a smooth training day. Sometimes that’s<br />

driving a snowmobile for faster laps, sometimes slipping the<br />

halfpipe to keep it smooth. After we will sometimes head to<br />

the trampoline to get more reps of the bigger tricks.<br />

The away season typical day would be the logistics of getting<br />

to a camp or comp. Team captains meeting, rental cars,<br />

accommodation, lift passes, waxing skis, then filming at the<br />

camps and a small amount of tech ski talking. In comps it<br />

would be helping with run planning as to the level we think<br />

that the comp will be at due to weather or the condition of the<br />

pipe etc. Being there to swap skis out, foggy goggles, hand<br />

him warm layers for the lift.<br />

The big question is after waiting so long how is it that<br />

in <strong>2022</strong> we get two gold medals, when we have never<br />

achieved that in the past? Is that luck?<br />

I think the trend has been going this way since Mitch Brown<br />

was in the Olympic pipe himself way back. Each Games<br />

the results trend up. From just going to the event being the<br />

achievement and pathing the way to making finals from the<br />

Wells to 2 Bronze and then 2 Gold (and a silver) I think a<br />

lot comes down to seeing something with your own eyes it<br />

suddenly becomes possible. The program learns each year<br />

what it takes to get better and in the end what it takes to win.<br />

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Image compliments of Redbull / Photogapher Miles Holden<br />

What is it that makes Nico so good?<br />

Nico is a very hard worker on snow and a perfectionist - those<br />

two things go well together. He also has taken part in many<br />

sports at a young age and still does a wide range of sports<br />

that compliment skiing. Like skating, surfing and mountain<br />

biking. A major factor is having the full support of his family<br />

and having Miguel to train alongside.<br />

We all have road bumps regardless of what we do but<br />

as a professional athlete what is it that Nico has to<br />

overcome?<br />

Well what he does is more often than not very scary and high<br />

risk. So fear is the biggest work on.<br />

Nervousness at competition, not just for injury risk but<br />

fear of not performing. How do you help him overcome<br />

that?<br />

We try and be the best prepared we can for each step along<br />

the way. More reps of tricks to the bag make them less risky<br />

to snow and lowering the fear. The same for events, having<br />

done lots of elements in practice builds his confidence for the<br />

event or having done lots of events close to big ones helps<br />

too. So we plan the schedule with that in mind.<br />

16s back-to-back is impressive – bordering on<br />

impossible – what’s next?<br />

Double 18s will come soon. (Nico has tried one at a camp<br />

and came very close to it even though it was not at all the<br />

focus at the time) One skier has done a triple in pipe so there<br />

will be more doing that soon. I hope to see it go in the direction<br />

of slope style where unique spins come in more than ‘spin to<br />

win’ like up the pipe dub cork 10, 16 etc Or whatever the next<br />

generation think of really.<br />

As a coach do you ever wonder if the extreme aspects<br />

of the sport are going too far?<br />

YES! It’s very scary to think about where the sport will be in<br />

10 years and what the kids will have to learn at young ages<br />

to be part of it.<br />

How do you balance safety and the need to develop and<br />

expand – push the envelope?<br />

Even though the sport is pushing to bigger tricks I think its<br />

possibly getting safer with air bags playing a big part and<br />

teams with physios etc helping to prepare skiers for the big<br />

landings. It’s still scary the first time a trick is tried to snow<br />

though!<br />

What do you think the future holds for Nico - where to<br />

from here?<br />

Well, some well-earned time off from pipe for now and<br />

enjoying other parts of skiing. I think he will get back in to<br />

another 4 year cycle for pipe now he has put in the work to<br />

get to the top. I would like to see that.<br />

To anyone reading this and has the desire to become a<br />

professional skier what would your personal advice be?<br />

5 year olds read this….?<br />

Ha I just hope seeing the success Nico has had, others<br />

can see the genuine enjoyment he gets from skiing and<br />

that inspires them to try any sport that they enjoy. It’s not all<br />

about getting to the top of one sport. But if they do want to<br />

aim for the top of skiing, I would say it’s HARD! There are<br />

many boxes that need to be ticked for it to work out. The time<br />

and dedication to commit to skiing means giving up other<br />

things along the way. The support from family or others and<br />

of course a huge amount of talent.<br />


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FINN<br />

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Kiwi Finn Bilous is an overachiever; he hails from Wanaka and his core focus<br />

is slopestyle and big air.<br />

He has represented New Zealand at Beijing <strong>2022</strong> and also the Pyeong<br />

Chang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. That may have thrown him into the<br />

spotlight recently but Finn has been overachieving for some time; starting<br />

at only 13 years of age, he won the inaugural Junior World Heli Challenge.<br />

Growing up in Wanaka with the Southern Alps as his backyard, Finn has<br />

been skiing since he was a little kid. Not surprisingly both parents are keen<br />

skiers and Finns father is a heli-ski guide and avalanche safety instructor.<br />

Finn’s playground growing up was the mountains, but he is as comfortable<br />

on the mountain, as he is on a bike or running a marathon, he is just one of<br />

those guys that whatever he puts his mind to he gets good at!<br />

Finn represented at both <strong>2022</strong> and 2018 Winter Olympics; plus earned a<br />

Bronze medal at the World Cup Big Air held in Cardrona, 2018. In 2016 he<br />

took out the Silver medal for Halfpipe and the bronze medal for Slopestyle, at<br />

the Youth Olympic Winter Games held in Oslo, and took out 5th place at the<br />

Freeski Big Air 2019 World Champs. So what does the future hold for Finn?<br />

“<br />

Contradictory to what some might expect, I honestly really<br />

enjoyed the following month after the Olympics. As a team,<br />

just to qualify for these Games meant constantly changing<br />

plans, countless Covid tests, cancelled events, and MIQ Hotel<br />

isolations, to name a few. It definitely wasn’t a smooth road to<br />

Beijing, there were so many uncontrollable things that could<br />

go wrong which could ultimately hinder your chances of even<br />

making it to the start line.<br />

To have made it through this one-of-a-kind Olympic cycle with<br />

a successful outcome for the NZ team, made the simplicity<br />

of enjoying every day and riding with close friends really<br />

refreshing. I was also fortunate enough to receive a ‘Wildcard’<br />

Invitation to The Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn, Austria<br />

just a few weeks after the Olympics.<br />

I’ve always been most inspired by skiers who ride a variety<br />

of different terrain. However, as contest circuits have become<br />

more specialized, it’s gotten harder and harder to compete<br />

in multiple disciplines throughout the same season. So to<br />

ski in an FWT Event in the same winter as competing in the<br />

Olympics for Slopestyle & Big Air meant a lot to me and was<br />

another big highlight of my Northern Hemisphere season.<br />

Following on from the Olympic season, I really want to focus<br />

my energy on more film projects, pushing the creativity of my<br />

riding, and spend more time in the backcountry. I’ve always<br />

tried to be multifaceted in my riding but having committed<br />

myself to these past Olympics, I’ve found myself pushing only<br />

certain aspects of my skiing. I’m stoked to have a change in the<br />

schedule and I’m looking forward to what this year will bring!<br />

“<br />

Right: Finn competing at The Nines<br />

competition, Image by Markus Fischer<br />

Following page: Finn at the 2021 Quiksilver<br />

event, Image by Matt Cherubino<br />



J U N E 2 022// 19

FOUR<br />

WIDE<br />


Words and images by Taj Juneau<br />

Old Friends<br />

“It's only about 3-4km. Should be at the hut<br />

by about noon” said Nick.<br />

“Sounds great, I am excited about a New<br />

Zealand Hut trip” I reply.<br />

“I am taking it easy on my ankle the physio<br />

says to only go on even terrain and no<br />

carrying weight,” says Nick. It has been a<br />

long time since I had seen Nick and just<br />

under a decade since we ski raced at<br />

Coronet Peak together. The great thing<br />

about old friends is that you pick up exactly<br />

where you left off. It's like you never left<br />

them. Nick and I both share a passion for<br />

the mountains but little did we know how<br />

much work we had set out in front of us.<br />

<strong>Snow</strong> Capped Sunrises<br />

The coffee is hot and after a ski-deprived<br />

lockdown, everyone is raring to go. The<br />

early 2000s Subaru station wagon is loaded<br />

with ski equipment, tramping gear, and<br />

boys, rolling four deep. We drive alongside<br />

the lake soaking in the morning sunrise.<br />

The clouds finally clear and colors light up<br />

the surrounding snow-capped mountains.<br />

We find our exit, divide up the supplies,<br />

and before I know it we are heading up the<br />

steep mountain track.<br />

It Begins<br />

The initial climb is steep, so steep that there<br />

is a clear set of waterfalls tumbling down the<br />

rocks. The 4wd switchback changes into a<br />

narrowing trail which leads to the base of a<br />

waterfall. Dead end. We backtrack onto a<br />

faint, aggressive trail that involves a healthy<br />

amount of bushwhacking. The debate<br />

whether one should attach his ski boot<br />

to the pin binding backward with the boot<br />

hanging down or to click in the traditional<br />

position to avoid sticks in your boots<br />

becomes a hot topic. Boot shells downward<br />

is the winner on the day.<br />

The bush slowly thins and Otago's high<br />

alpine tussic begins to show itself. As time<br />

passes the climb becomes riskier as now<br />

there are cliff bands below us with little to<br />

no organic matter to latch onto. Not long<br />

after we encounter an endless boulder<br />

field. With a 20kg pack, each step must be<br />

carefully chosen as a simple slip may lead<br />

to a twisted ankle or a solid 2-3 metre fall<br />

into a hole.<br />

A Lonely River<br />

Four hours pass and we find ourselves on a<br />

plateau with spectacular views. The morning<br />

light bounces off the mountain tops and<br />

contrasts greatly with the glacier lake below.<br />

Up ahead we get a clear view of a stunning<br />

high alpine valley with a wandering river<br />

leading to the waterfalls below. The terrain<br />

here is flat and progress is quick. We leap<br />

across the river and begin the climb towards<br />

the saddle. The climb isn’t as steep but the<br />

tussic is slippery. We slog upwards and the<br />

four of us converge at the saddle. We cross<br />

from the north aspect onto the south-facing<br />

ridge which holds fresh snow. Great news, it<br />

is finally time to ski!<br />

Saddle Sores<br />

Luckily for us, the snow stays cold and the<br />

conditions are exceptional for skiing. Each<br />

turn snaps around without much effort. On<br />

the way down we spot our humble dwelling.<br />

It is an old 1920’s stone hut with a door that<br />

must be about 5ft tall. The luxuries of our<br />

accommodation include a fireplace, a rock<br />

table, and a single four mattresses sleeping<br />

platform. What was supposed to take 3-4<br />

hours to get here instead took 7½ hours.<br />

Nothing a cheeky Parrotdog Beer and late<br />

lunch cant fix.<br />

We unload camping, cooking, and sleeping<br />

supplies. The boys rally and we take off up<br />

the hill looking to catch some sunset turns.<br />

On our way down we observe the exposed<br />

basin filled with rocks, chutes, couloirs, and<br />

open faces. Our progress is much faster<br />

with light packs. We scope out some long<br />

lines above the saddle we had skied and<br />

the snow looks phenomenal. We reach the<br />

top before our shadows are too long and<br />

the sunset is beginning to reach its peak.<br />

Matt and Kit both scope a tasty-looking<br />

chute that has gold rays dancing off the<br />

center of it. It looks like a ripper. Nick as<br />

per usual seeks more action up further in<br />

seriously big terrain.<br />

The golden hour passes as Matt pulls into<br />

the chute creating a horizontal cut across<br />

the top to mitigate possible avalanches.<br />

We hear nothing but a scratch of edges.<br />

This southwest-facing section has already<br />

refrozen and the snow screeches underfoot.<br />

Not the most favorable conditions, but Matt<br />

skis it like a champ. He flows left to right<br />

until he has completely exited the approx<br />

300m of vertical. Nick seeks a different<br />

chute which to get in requires passing over<br />

a few rocks in a dangerous no-fall zone. He<br />

tiptoes through the exposure and clips in on<br />

top of a more forgiving and chalky southfacing<br />

line. He rips long drawn-out turns<br />

through great conditions. As the sun sets,<br />

Kit and I begin to ski a south-facing slope<br />

with chalky snow. Our smiles are big as we<br />

ski down with the light dropping quickly. Our<br />

next stop is dinner at the hut.<br />

Checked-In Whenever<br />

We were all feeling the solid 12 hour day of<br />

slogging both on and off-snow, but each of<br />

the few turns we had were worth it. Not long<br />

after clicking out of our skis, we are sharing<br />

our dehydrated meals, chicken curry has<br />

never taste so good. Sneakily Nick cracks<br />

open a mulled wine which managed to<br />

sneak its way into his pack. After a cheeky<br />

couple of wines, the boys are almost lights<br />

out standing up. We jump into our beds<br />

one at a time as there aren’t more than two<br />

square metres of usable space inside the<br />

hut. Once we are all in our sleeping bags<br />

we are four wide packed like Weetbix in a<br />

box, but never happier.<br />

20// S K I A N DSNOW.CO.NZ<br />

Right: Nick Pascoe Cutting a Creamy Corner

Kit Pascoe harvesting late winter snow.<br />

Round 2<br />

In less than the blink of an eye, it's 6:00<br />

am. We start the day with a quick round of<br />

porridge, as the sunrise begins to peel down<br />

the mountain tops. We set off deeper into<br />

the basin with our eyes on a spiny-looking<br />

couloir topped with ice-covered rocks.<br />

The couloir from top to bottom is narrow,<br />

steep, and has a huge overhanging rock<br />

face on one side. Naturally, most people<br />

are deterred when they see obstacles like<br />

these, but not this group. Our adrenaline<br />

begins to rise as the crampons and ice axes<br />

come into play.<br />

The Creepy Craggy Couloir<br />

The group decides to boot pack up the guts<br />

as there is no easy access into the couloir<br />

from the top. Conditions seem stable with a<br />

frozen layer underneath and about 20cm of<br />

fresh snow on top. We transition quickly and<br />

before long we enter the bottom section.<br />

Looking up I can see the boys Nick, Kit, and<br />

Matt creeping into the terrain one huff at a<br />

time. The rock overhead feels like it nearly<br />

spans the whole chute. The climb continues<br />

to get steeper and steeper. Nearing the top,<br />

the terrain is extremely steep but luckily<br />

there is a wind lip that sits just below the top.<br />

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The boys pull up.<br />

At the peak the boys guess the slope angle<br />

to be pushing 50-55 degrees. The transition<br />

to ski at the top is careful and precise. One<br />

mistake could mean a solid 300m tumble<br />

down across a rock-ridden path to the<br />

bottom of the couloir. Nick leads the charge.<br />

Once clicked in he begins to slide towards<br />

the center. Hop turns are the first choice for<br />

turns when the terrain is this steep. The first<br />

one always brings your heart rate up. You’re<br />

wondering if your equipment is dialed in.<br />

You hope that your skis will stay on, but you<br />

never know.<br />

Nick executes his first hop turn without<br />

a hitch and quickly makes his way down<br />

the guts. Next, Matt then followed by Kit.<br />

Each has a slightly different technique but<br />

manages to make easy work of the terrain.<br />

We all agree the snow was perfect. It is<br />

rare to find such favorable conditions in the<br />

backcountry. The excitement from such a<br />

feature has caused great curiosity about<br />

the surrounding mountains. We transitioned<br />

back towards the uphill gear and set off for<br />

a final lap around the side of the peak we<br />

had just skied.<br />

Final Lap<br />

We boot pack up another chute ensuring we<br />

beat the spring thaw that was forecasted.<br />

The top brings to a large outlook with the<br />

surrounding mountains are towering over<br />

the glacier lake below. Time to crack a<br />

well-deserved cold one with the boys!. The<br />

Parrotdog brews from Wellys have never<br />

tasted so good.<br />

At this point with great snow, extreme<br />

steep skiing, and a few thousand metres of<br />

vertical under our belts we all feel extremely<br />

satisfied. The post lockdown jitters have<br />

been given the boot and anything from here<br />

is a bonus. For our last run, we scope a few<br />

more features we want to ski on the way<br />

down and are stunned as we find the best<br />

snow yet. 30cm of straight beautiful cream.<br />

We ski back to the hut and pack up. A fourhour<br />

trek down the valley to the car and<br />

we’re done. I bag on Nick telling him there is<br />

no way that the hike was only 4km.<br />

The trip couldn’t have gone better. We saw<br />

wild landscapes, skied during sunset, found<br />

fantastic snow, got our adrenaline pumping,<br />

and had great yarns. I would just give<br />

caution to the next guy for any trip with Nick<br />

is likely to be twice as far as what he thinks,<br />

but it will be worth it.

ABOVE ALL,<br />

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It’s time to discover the entire resort<br />

with no constraints, no limits. The<br />

new all mountain range emphasizes<br />

your ability, so you approach<br />

every side of the resort with the<br />

confidence to explore. A calling to<br />

experience the mountains. This is the<br />

Alpine Life. A feeling of awe that<br />

elevates any occasion.<br />

It’s about exploring possibilities.<br />

It’s about being here, above all.<br />





Words, P.M. Fadden | Photos, Jason Hummel, John Lichtwardt & P.M.Fadden<br />

Like a banjo ‘twang’ in a string quartet, the Telemarker stands out on a mountain.<br />

The curious technique is stylish, and iconic--as is their reverence for flex-y boots<br />

and deep turns. But what really stands out is the go-lucky welcome which<br />

somehow organically links each enthusiast to the next; hippies or punks, misfits<br />

or socialites; man, woman, or child—perfect strangers form like family when the<br />

heel is free.<br />

The warm front porch ‘howdy’ of tele-society highlights a curiosity: its industry<br />

is scarce. The principle manufacturers can be tallied on two hands. And it’s up<br />

to those relative few to serve a global market, making telemark an apparent<br />

small-world by necessity. But where there are mountains there is a way. And<br />

prime example is an inconspicuous crew of quintessential misfits cranking-out<br />

internationally acclaimed kit from the dead end of a little dirt road in the US<br />

Mountain West.<br />

Old mate, Adam Roberts bouncing along Kangaroo Ridge, Washington Pass.<br />

Image by Jason Hummel

<strong>Ski</strong>er, Adam U digging deep into 22 Design product testing at Revelstoke. Image by Jason Hummel<br />

The company/facility known as 22 Designs is<br />

the clubhouse Calvin & Hobbes would have built<br />

had the comic book pair traded the toboggan for<br />

skis. The shop floor is a craftsman’s combo of<br />

Tech-meets-Tang, replete with a gigantic, stickerplastered<br />

fridge stocked entirely with suds.<br />

As luck would have it, the crew at 22 had offered to<br />

lead an introductory course on telemark. But qualmark<br />

of a dyed-in-the-wool ski hooligan is tardiness.<br />

If They weren’t obsessive (about Turns, Product,<br />

or Tom-Foolery) there’d be no problem being on<br />

time, and thereby nothing separating Them from<br />

the Average, so to watch the sun rise while waiting<br />

forgotten in an icy carpark actually bodes well. It<br />

indicates that whatever happens next, at the very<br />

least it will be genuine.<br />

The first of the day’s instructors to arrive is Devin.<br />

He works Assembly at 22. But he’s not there not<br />

for the article. In fact, he’s unaware of any article at<br />

all. Rather, somewhere in the morning’s adventures<br />

his truck had suffered a puncture so he’s grabbing<br />

a couple tools. Devin opens the factory and,<br />

inadvertently, the lesson too.<br />

Slic Pins and Slide Plates, Bellows and Climbing<br />

Bales; Heel Tubes, Tail Throws, Latches, and<br />

Claws; the pieces of a Tele-Puzzle are many. Each<br />

component can trace its origin to good old creative<br />

necessity. And all of them come together thanks to<br />

the innovation of engineered monkey business.<br />

According to Devin, the core of telemark is inclusion.<br />

Its culture and its industry are tight because, frankly,<br />

everyone’s down to work their bum off in the name<br />

of a bloody good time.<br />

Behind the doors of 22 Designs 25,000 pairs of<br />

bindings—built to the New Telemark Norm—were<br />

produced by hand and shipped worldwide in the<br />

last year alone. Zooming-outward to look at the<br />

wider industry, Telemark products saw a 127%<br />

percent growth rate over the prior year--a rather big<br />

clue that what’s going down is far from ‘fringe.’<br />

Sprung from the ready-fire-aim roots of 3-pin<br />

bindings, leather boots, and loose living, Telemark<br />

skiing, somehow, organically cultivates a garden in<br />

which all varieties are welcome to grow. Add to that<br />

the technological rigor brought by 22 Designs—plus<br />

others like them--and Tele-Society has the healthy<br />

sort of micro-climate that’s likely to stick around<br />

awhile, as well as entice increasing numbers of<br />

skiing public.<br />

And the current main attraction is ‘New Telemark<br />

Norm’—NTN for short.<br />

As if adding punctuation to this juncture in the<br />

lesson plan, the factory door suddenly bursts open<br />

and in fires Jake—an ambassador of 22 Designs<br />

and chief wild man to today’s foray into all that is<br />

telemark. With practiced ease, he leads a brief<br />

parade through the machinery which tools the NTN<br />

tech about to be demo’d today.<br />


Forget dipping just a toe. Dip the knee...into the wild world of Tele. Image by Jason Hummel<br />

“I got hooked on this thanks to a buddy,”<br />

Jake smiles. “He gave me a set-up, then had<br />

me skin up Mt. Hood in July—having never<br />

before skied in my life,”<br />

“It was 6,000 vert feet of face planting but still<br />

I remember thinking immediately, this actually<br />

feels good! I’m committing.”<br />

And straight from ‘start,’ NTN does feel like<br />

natural innovation, resulting from generations<br />

of Dreamer/Tinker’ers who planted the seeds<br />

of modern tele (while charging on early skis<br />

like whaling harpoons). Better still the new<br />

school approach of NTN still manages to stay<br />

true to its roots.<br />

Like underwear, the innovation behind NTN is<br />

all about support and performance.<br />

Adaptable to wide planks and increasingly<br />

gnarly descents, NTN tech grabs hold of<br />

the Underfoot as well as the Toe to achieve<br />

maximum stability and precision. It’s an<br />

elegant contraption. And field testing certainly<br />

suggests NTN marks a next horizon in the<br />

telemark discipline.<br />

Once on-mountain, the downhill experience<br />

is a dance between form and grace—with<br />

a dash of woolly-bully throw-in for good<br />

measure because mischief, of course, is a<br />

mainstay from first chair to last call.<br />

After fixing the tire, Devin has decided to<br />

co-guide today’s tutorial. He and Jake head<br />

straight to a wide rolling pitch where technique<br />

can be put on full display. Arrived to the<br />

summit there’s no need for more words. The<br />

skiing will speak.<br />

It’s a silent dialog between <strong>Ski</strong> and <strong>Ski</strong>er; an<br />

instinctive communication that feels-out both<br />

the optimal descent and fastest route to fun.<br />

From the moment the crew set to making their<br />

turns, it’s apparent there’s boundless style to<br />

the telemark method of falling downhill. Devin<br />

and Jake are equally proficient, but hailing<br />

from opposite coasts, and with entirely unique<br />

iterations of the all-hallowed telemark turn.<br />

The journey to find one’s ‘turn’ is also a<br />

discovery that it’s less about lifting the heel<br />

and more about ‘crushing the can.’ Under the<br />

toe piece on every uphill, or inside ski, there’s<br />

a pop-top vessel wishing with all its aluminum<br />

might to be compressed. Hip and knee coil<br />

in unison to form a piston firing smoothly<br />

downward. It plants atop the can, presses it<br />

flat, and locks-in the turn. But it’s easier written<br />

than done.<br />

Like most things, the first iterations are<br />

awkward, even accident prone; but polish<br />

comes with practice.<br />

“It’s a feng-shui,” says Jake. “Terrain might<br />

keep you on your toes, but when it’s groove<br />

time, you put the pressure down, flex it, and<br />

go,” he laughs.<br />

Tight quick edgework marks Devin’s progress<br />

down the mountain while Jake’s mechanics<br />

are a more series of strides across the face.<br />

Each style appears, somehow, effortless. And<br />

both are clearly reveling in the time of their<br />

lives yet perhaps most impressive is the vibe.<br />

“This red-headed bastard of skiing, it’s<br />

loveable as hell,” Jake shakes his head. “And<br />

it’s growing,” he says.<br />

As it happens, there’s a fair number of<br />

Telemarkers in the hills today with Devin and<br />

Jake. Even as strangers, it’s evident that<br />

each is connected to the next by a friendly<br />

playground atmosphere that’s practically<br />

tangible. Jovial crassness or booming laughter<br />

echo between the freeheelers; it takes on the<br />

conversational flow of a recognized language.<br />

The distinct impression is that of a community;<br />

one that makes its happy way through a<br />

snowy day on a mountain that doubles as a<br />

neighborhood.<br />

Indeed the simple, vital gravitas surrounding<br />

Telemark feels especially natural when<br />

realizing the social connection which binds its<br />

people. It’s thrilling. It’s inclusive. And there’s<br />

every reason to suspect that it just might save<br />

skiing from itself.


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central plateau<br />

mt ruapehu<br />

Combined, both Whakapapa and Tūroa comprise one of the largest ski areas in New Zealand, totalling approx.<br />

1500ha. With terrain formed by solidified lava, the ski fields lend themselves perfectly to natural bowls, wind lips,<br />

and half pipes, with a vast number of cliffs and drop offs. This makes skiing and boarding across both Whakapapa<br />

and Tūroa some of the most exhilarating the Southern Hemisphere has to offer.<br />

Mt Ruapehu itself rises from the Central Plateau alongside neighbouring peaks of Mt Ngāuruhoe and Mt Tongariro.<br />

Listed for its cultural and geographical significance, the peaks form part of the UNESCO Dual World Heritage<br />

Tongariro National Park, one of New Zealand’s premier outdoor destinations.<br />

Just three hours from Hamilton, four from Wellington, and five hours from Auckland, getting far away, exploring<br />

unique volcanic terrain on skis or board or on foot, is closer than you think.<br />

TŪROA<br />

Slightly smaller than Whakapapa, Tūroa has historically been referred<br />

to as the ‘dark side’ of the mountain. Tūroa sits on the southwest side<br />

neighbouring Ohakune just over 20km away. Tūroa has a more wideopen<br />

feel to it, with eight lifts and a bigger vertical at 720m. The High<br />

Noon Express takes you to the highest lifted point in New Zealand<br />

with panoramic views of the North Island.<br />

Tūroa is also famous for its natural features, which include long<br />

halfpipe-like bowls, sweet kickers, and smooth, wide-open slopes.<br />

Those who frequent Tūroa know to dress warm in the mornings as<br />

the first rays of light that appear around the mountain summit will not<br />

touch the slopes until mid-late morning. Operating quite literally on<br />

the ‘dark side’ of the mountain, Tūroa loyalists rejoice as much of<br />

the landscape resembles frozen waves that last well into the spring,<br />

making for epic freeride skiing and riding, ripping up plenty of gullies,<br />

drops, and natural hits.<br />

Locale: Situated on the south-western slopes of<br />

Mt Ruapehu, fifteen minutes’ drive from Ohakune,<br />

two hours from Taupō.<br />

Season: 8 July – 24 October<br />

Prices at time of printing: Full day adult lift pass<br />

$149 ($84 weekday). Full day youth lift pass $99<br />

($54 weekday). Under 5 free.<br />

Terrain: Beginner 20%, Intermediate 55%,<br />

Advanced 25%.<br />

On mountain facilities: <strong>Ski</strong> & ride school,<br />

rentals, 4 eateries, retail store, terrain park<br />

Insider scoop: <strong>2022</strong> will see the return of the<br />

Tom Campbell Big Air. On 24 September we<br />

will see world-class professional athletes come<br />

together and showcase their skills, all in memory<br />

of the humble legend, Tom Campbell.<br />

Tūroa is also well known for its slopestyle park offering, with the Tūroa<br />

Parks crew developing a solid reputation within the industry. The crew<br />

offer world class terrain parks from the top of the mountain to the<br />

bottom, catering for all levels, from easy flat boxes to big kickers and<br />

rails. There is something for everyone and a clear path of progression<br />

for all levels. The jewel to their already illustrious crown was the<br />

addition of a mini-pip cutter, allowing for skiers and riders in the north<br />

to cut their teeth or progress their pipe riding skills. These guys never<br />

disappoint and always bring their A game every season.<br />

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Whakapapa is the slightly larger of the two ski areas and is positioned<br />

on Mt Ruapehu’s north-western side, accessible via State Highway 48.<br />

Whakapapa boasts the country’s premier beginner facility, Happy Valley,<br />

where you can learn to ski and ride in the fully self-contained learners’<br />

area, free of advanced skiers and riders. On the nice and long gentle<br />

slope, you can really get the hang of turning and stopping with the aid of<br />

covered carpet lifts, taking your time, and progressing your skills.<br />

While many Kiwis have discovered their first love of snow in Happy Valley,<br />

more advanced skiers and riders explore everything from cruisy groomers<br />

to exhilarating chutes, bumps and drops, made even more exciting by<br />

the natural volcanic terrain. A Whakapapa classic is the Pinnacles, Ngā<br />

Tohu, range, remnants of an ancient crater rim and within Whakapapa’s<br />

ski area boundary, making it truly accessible, freeride terrain.<br />

Installed in 2019, the Sky Waka – Whakapapa’s iconic gondola – is the<br />

hero of the ski field and arguably the best lift in New Zealand. Giving<br />

access to the upper lifts and runs of Whakapapa, it has been a very<br />

welcome, warm addition to the slopes, travelling from 1630m to 2020m<br />

above sea level in relative luxury. It is also a luxe journey for anyone who<br />

wants to simply see the sights that Whakapapa has to offer, across the<br />

Tongariro National Park and on a good day, out to Mt Taranaki, particularly<br />

over the summer months.<br />

Locale: Situated on the northwestern<br />

slopes of Mt Ruapehu, ten<br />

minutes’ drive from Whakapapa<br />

Village, 20 minutes from National<br />

Park<br />

Season: 3 June – 2 October<br />

(Happy Valley), 8 July – 24 October<br />

(rest of Whakapapa)<br />

Prices at time of printing: Full day<br />

adult lift pass $149 ($84 weekday).<br />

Full day youth lift pass $99 ($54<br />

weekday). Under 5 free.<br />

Terrain: Beginner 30%,<br />

Intermediate 45%, Advanced 25%.<br />

On mountain facilities: <strong>Ski</strong> & ride<br />

school, rentals, 6 eateries, retail<br />

store, Sky Waka gondola<br />

Insider scoop: Night skiing is back<br />

in <strong>2022</strong>. Kicking off Saturday 13<br />

August and across five consecutive<br />

Saturdays. Live entertainment, fun<br />

activations, and a super sharp lift<br />

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If you look back at recent years, close to half of all guests at Mt Ruapehu visited over the<br />

weekend, meaning that weekends are on average over twice as busy as weekdays. That<br />

leaves wide open spaces on the weekdays to enjoy. Better still, it’s not just the side country<br />

that is more accessible come weekdays, lift passes are also financially more accessible too.<br />

#sneakaweekday and enjoy all mountain lift passes for just $84 an adult and $54 for youth (5-<br />

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The closest accommodation to Turoa ski field<br />

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Mt Ruapehu is an easy drive from the nation’s main centres of<br />

Auckland and Wellington, with Ohakune being roughly four hours’<br />

drive from either city. Taupō is the closest domestic airport, a<br />

scenic one-hour 30 drive to Whakapapa and two hours to Tūroa.<br />

Tourist hotspots of Tauranga and Rotorua are also not far away.<br />

Alternatively, Ohakune and National Park are both main stops on<br />

the Northern Explorer train journey which adds another dimension<br />

to an exciting adventure. Sit back and relax while you take in<br />

the panoramic views along the way. Ruapehu gets busier on<br />

weekends with city visitors and driving up the mountain roads can<br />

be intimidating for the inexperienced driver. Luckily there are plenty<br />

of local businesses that provide shuttle services or ride shares<br />

up to the ski field. We also encourage carpooling through the<br />

<strong>Snow</strong> Riders NZ – a free social carpooling network for skiers and<br />

snowboarders. Locally focused, there is also the great Ruapehu<br />

Rideshare Facebook group.<br />


Ohakune is the closest town to Tūroa and has a multitude of great<br />

accommodation options for travellers. Coupled with the lively<br />

nightlife, boutique shops and a micro-brewery, Ohakune provides<br />

the quintessential ski town experience and is not to be missed.<br />

Likewise, National Park Village is the closest to Whakapapa and<br />

is not to be overlooked. Here you will find great accommodation<br />

options for the budget conscious traveller and friendly local pubs<br />

with warm fireplaces ready for après. If you feel like treating<br />

yourself the Chateau Tongariro stands at the foot of Mt Ruapehu<br />

in Whakapapa Village and offers a vibrant vintage charm to your<br />

trip. As above, Taupō is also a reasonable drive from each ski field<br />

and ‘big town’ accommodation can be readily sought there.<br />

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National Park Village has featured among the Lonely Planet’s Top worldwide<br />

mecca for hiking and skiing…. did you know we are more than that, we are a<br />

cycling destination too?<br />

National Park Village is halfway between Auckland and Wellington and just<br />

a short drive from the west coast and east coast too. The Dual Heritage<br />

Tongariro National Park is the 4th oldest National Park on the globe, our<br />

village is nestled in the foothills of the mighty volcanic terrain.<br />

Our little village offers pretty much everything an outdoor enthusiast could<br />

hope for. We are geared up with ski rental shops, bike rental, cafes, local kiwi<br />

pub, mini mart, and transport for hikers-bikers-skiers.<br />

The hills of Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro forests are a mountain bikers<br />

dreamland and littered with superb mountain bike trails.<br />

Our biking trails offer riders of all skill levels along back-country riding which<br />

take you through history, alpine forest, ridges, grassy plains, largest swinging<br />

bridges in Nz and jet boat rides back to civilization.<br />

National Park is a vast and diverse area and we have endeavoured to show<br />

you something for everyone, our bike rides are either on our doorstep or<br />

a short 20-40min drive away. Our accommodation and activities will suit<br />

anybody’s budget and anybody’s age. Base yourself with us pack your skis<br />

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For more information visit :<br />

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canterbury<br />

exploring canterbury<br />

By Sam Masters<br />

<strong>Ski</strong>ing in Canterbury rewards the<br />

adventurous. Even a straight-out-of-thebox<br />

ski week will throw enough curve balls<br />

to let you know these are real mountains<br />

with their own agenda.<br />

The incredible variation in terrain, lift<br />

access, grooming, dining options and<br />

vibe ensure there is something for every<br />

ski and snowboard tragic across the<br />

Central South Island.<br />


It’s not just real estate agents calling Tekapo the ‘new Wanaka’. The town<br />

has more than just epic views across Lake Tekapo and has become a<br />

destination in its own right – a perfect base to explore the local mountains.<br />

You’d be forgiven for not expecting authentic Japanese food here, but<br />

Kohan offers just that – bookings essential.<br />

Catch a mid-week storm at the family friendly Roundhill for uncrowded<br />

powder missions on the biggest vertical drop in Australasia. And the<br />

von Brown Hut couldn’t be any more rustic chic when you need a quick<br />

schnapps. Prost!<br />

Fox Peak is a mysterious gem of a resort. The platter is great for the kids<br />

but the real action is off the rope tows and in the surrounding backcountry.<br />

Ōhau is the ideal stopover on a Central South Island roadie, and Lake<br />

Ōhau Lodge offers some of the best value in the country. Gazing across<br />

Lake Ōhau and sipping a coffee (before) or a gin-and-tonic (after), this Kiwi<br />

classic is a bucket list essential.<br />

Mt Dobson is another minor Kiwi classic in the key of ski. Easy day tripping<br />

distance from either Tekapo or Fairle gets you to a juicy alpine bowl. It’s an<br />

easy and accessible family snow sport experience.<br />

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Broken River<br />


The recent opening of the Ōpuke Thermal Hot Pools<br />

changed the perception of Methven from a sleepy<br />

agricultural town to a genuine tourist destination.<br />

Mt Hutt is the largest and best serviced resort in<br />

Canterbury and has picked up best in NZ every year<br />

since 2015. It’s easily the most convenient with a wellgroomed<br />

road (and pistes), and huge lifting capacity. The<br />

new eight-seater Norwest Express is superfast (a twominute<br />

ride at top speed), comfy, and runs on all but the<br />

windiest days.<br />

The best days are mid-week in late September, when the<br />

snow is piled high and the fashion victims have moved on<br />

to whatever summer sport is hot right now. Pro tip: head<br />

up when a heavy morning cloud is predicted to clear. It’ll<br />

keep numbers down and pistes clear.<br />

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Off-piste skiing at Broken River, looking back to the Craigieburn Valley. Credit Jim Henderson<br />

SELWYN<br />

The ‘Clubbies’ (Mt Olympus, Broken River, Cheeseman,<br />

Craigieburn and Temple Basin) are widely regarded<br />

as the soul of New Zealand freeride. On their day they<br />

define a premium experience: unique, earned rather<br />

than purchased, spectacular quality for cost, and is a little<br />

unexpected.<br />

Most skiers and snowboarders in New Zealand begin<br />

their day with a drive. The early alarm, the race for the<br />

mountain, and the wait for tickets can dampen spirits on<br />

even the best of days. Bust out of the hamster wheel by<br />

staying in the on-mountain accommodation available<br />

at the clubbies. It’s even better if you can time it so that<br />

you arrive just before a storm and get a “lock in”. Some<br />

club fields will open the tows before they clear the road of<br />

snow: surely this is winter’s best window of opportunity.

canterbury<br />

Temple Basin is New Zealand’s most mythical ski resort. It is a place<br />

of pilgrimage, a test of endurance, and lies as close to the sacred<br />

heart of Kiwi freeride as you can get without skiing off Aoraki. Norwest<br />

storm? It’s probably dumping. Take poles for the walk up.<br />

When conditions are right snow gets sucked into the main bowl at<br />

Broken River and conditions can be the best on the Range. The<br />

Tyndall Tramway can bottleneck on a powder day. Walk up or get<br />

there early. The BBQ on the Palmer Lodge deck - with kea lapping<br />

the lard out of the fat reservoir - is quintessential New Zealand.<br />

Head to the accessible backcountry options at Craigieburn Valley<br />

for the more adventurous, including the sustained pitch to Big Bend<br />

and Avalanche Corner; one of the best powder runs in New Zealand.<br />

Craigieburn has some of the best freeride terrain in the country, with<br />

more options than a Wall Street broker.<br />

Mt Hutt off-piste<br />

Porters is the closest ski resort to Christchurch (89km) for those<br />

watching the clock and ‘Upper Leaper’ on the top T-Bar has chalky<br />

mid-winter snow for most of the season.<br />

Mt Cheeseman is Canterbury’s family resort secret. Avoid the<br />

powder day frenzy elsewhere with easy backcountry laps in Tarn<br />

Basin.<br />

When conditions are perfect at Mt Olympus you’ll come to believe –<br />

like the loyal club members – that this really is the playground of the<br />

gods. Mt Olympus is both the proving and breeding ground of some<br />

of the best Kiwi freeriders. Day trippers should book the excellent<br />

lunch by phone before heading up (if you haven’t booked by 11am<br />

you miss out).<br />

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Call today to make your winter booking<br />

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mackenzie<br />

winter different in the mackenzie<br />

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the value in slowing<br />

down, breathing deeper, and living a little simpler. Situated<br />

halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown on ‘New<br />

Zealand’s Powder Highway’, the Mackenzie Region offers a laid<br />

back, uncrowded winter alternative to the hustle and bustle of its<br />

neighbouring regions.<br />

<strong>Snow</strong> shoeing with Alpine Recreation<br />

You’ll find three family-owned and operated ski fields with<br />

unbeatable views, unparalleled ‘bucket list’ ski adventures, epic offmountain<br />

experiences and a more relaxed pace of winter life. You<br />

can stay Twizel, Tekapo, Aoraki/Mount Cook or Fairlie and easily<br />

travel around the whole region, making the best of the conditions<br />

that day.<br />

Over the last couple of years, the region has enjoyed some of<br />

the best powder conditions in the country with two of the fields<br />

extending their season and many of the backcountry experiences<br />

going right into November.<br />

The region also boasts an array of incredible off-mountain nature<br />

based experiences. From hot pools and tubs, to walking and cycle<br />

trails, to ice skating and snow tubing, to stargazing and astronomy<br />

experiences, you won’t be short of things to see and do. The region<br />

is home to the world's largest dark sky reserve; winter is the best<br />

time to discover the stars with long, clear nights and the galactic<br />

core right above. A walk in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park<br />

should be on every Kiwi’s to do list, alongside a glacier experience<br />

on New Zealand’s largest – the mighty Tasman Glacier.<br />

It’s no wonder the Mackenzie is becoming the winter destination of<br />

choice amongst families, ski enthusiasts and holidaymakers.<br />


Approximately 45 minutes drive from Tekapo, Roundhill <strong>Ski</strong><br />

Area has one of the country’s easiest access roads and offers<br />

the most spectacular views overlooking Lake Tekapo and out to<br />

Aoraki/Mount Cook and the Southern Alps.<br />

Known for its relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, Roundhill<br />

offers plenty for skiers and boarders of all levels. The field<br />

has a large learners area adjacent to the carpark – it’s not<br />

uncommon for parents to be preparing the barbecue at their car<br />

whilst watching the kids. There are plenty of intermediate runs,<br />

including to the popular von Brown Bar which overlooks Lake<br />

Tekapo and is the perfect retreat when the legs start tiring.<br />

The more adventurous skier will love the world’s longest and<br />

steepest rope to see what Australasia’s biggest vertical drop<br />

(783m) is all about. With super long natural half-pipes and<br />

chutes, this is skiing and riding at its best.<br />

www.roundhill.co.nz<br />

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A favourite amongst Cantabrians, this field is nestled in a sun-soaked basin that gets fantastic powder conditions<br />

and is a short drive from Fairlie and Lake Tekapo. Dobbo, as it’s affectionally known by locals, offers a big<br />

learner’s area and wide-open, uncrowded runs with enough variety to keep any ability interested. Seasoned<br />

shredders will love the expansive skiable terrain, impressive elevations and dry fluffy snow. The views are epic<br />

and the relaxed atmosphere of the family owned and operated field makes this extra memorable.<br />

We couldn’t recommend a trip to Dobson without stopping off at the Silverstream Heritage Pub in Kimbell.<br />

Enjoy exceptional cuisine, great brews and true kiwi hospitality by the region’s favourite Australian. The country<br />

pub pumps after a good day on the slopes, and the weekend bands will have you on the bopping in your<br />

casuals in no time.<br />

www.mtdobson.co.nz<br />



Under an hours drive from Twizel and<br />

you can be skiing at Ōhau <strong>Snow</strong> Field,<br />

which overlooks the spectacular Lake<br />

Ōhau and out to Aoraki / Mount Cook<br />

and the Southern Alps.<br />

The mountain caters for all abilities, with<br />

dedicated areas where learners can<br />

practices without the intimidation from<br />

experienced riders whizzing past. The<br />

double chair lift and the wide flat slopes<br />

at the top of the mountain enables<br />

most intermediates to cruise down the<br />

Boulevard very comfortably.<br />

Advanced and expert skiers will enjoy<br />

the off-piste terrain that offer exceptional<br />

views. There is some great hiking around<br />

the tops for the more adventurous<br />

accessing the best powder snow and<br />

the views are simply magnificent.<br />

At the bottom of the mountain, Ōhau Lodge is a must stop – even if not you’re not able to<br />

stay. It’s relaxed, old-school ‘quintessentially skiwi’ charm takes you back in time but leaves<br />

you wanting more (and booking ahead for next season… the lodge is popular!). Sit by the<br />

fire, grab a pint, a meal and enjoy genuine kiwi hospitality from the owners and their team.<br />

This place will leave a special place in your heart.<br />

www.ohau.co.nz<br />

snowfields | lake Ōhau lodge<br />

reservations@ohau.co.nz or (03) 4389 885 | www.ohau.co.nz

mackenzie<br />


Accessible to virtually any level of skier,<br />

<strong>Ski</strong> The Tasman is the ultimate entry-level<br />

backcountry ski experience and classic kiwi<br />

snow adventure. The Tasman Glacier is New<br />

Zealand’s largest and sits right next to Aoraki<br />

/ Mount Cook.<br />

It’s blue / green easy-moderate runs make it<br />

perfect for intermediate skiers and beyond.<br />

Each run is approximately 8-10km run making<br />

it New Zealand’s longest – and you’ll explore<br />

blue ice caves, incredible ice formations and<br />

learn all about glacial terrain and seracs from<br />

your experienced and knowledgeable guide.<br />

The pace is relaxed, with time to soak up the<br />

incredible grandeur of New Zealand’s highest<br />

mountains.<br />

Access is via helicopter or ski plane. The<br />

flight over the mighty Southern Alps is as<br />

memorable as the day skiing itself. The<br />

ultimate powder experience without the<br />

prowess, it’s an unbeatable ski adventure with<br />

family and friends.<br />

www.skithetasman.co.nz,<br />

www.mtcookskiplanes.com,<br />

www.mtcook.com<br />


<strong>Ski</strong> touring continues to grow in popularity.The<br />

Mackenzie’s natural alpine environment is the<br />

perfect place to explore and there’s a range of<br />

hut based and hut to hut guided experiences<br />

available. Explore glaciated terrain, remote<br />

valleys and spectacular high country stations as<br />

you head backcountry. For those wanting to get<br />

into ski touring, check out one of the instruction<br />

courses to develop your skills so you can go<br />

further, safely.<br />

www.alpinerecreation.com,<br />

www.mtcook.com, www.alpineguides.co.nz<br />

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Enjoy New Zealand’s largest heli-ski<br />

area. The Aoraki/Mount Cook region is<br />

a wilderness of ancient glaciers, azure<br />

lakes, and endless runs. Not only is it<br />

home to New Zealand’s highest peak,<br />

it offers some of the country’s most<br />

exhilarating ski and snowboard terrain.<br />

There are runs to suit all levels of heliski<br />

ability. The small group guided<br />

experiences offer the best in true Kiwi<br />

hospitality and the highest regard for<br />

safety.<br />

www.thehelicopterline.co.nz,<br />

www.heliworks.co.nz,<br />

www.mtcook.com,<br />

www.mtcookskiplanes.com<br />


• The Musterers, Fairlie<br />

• Peppers Bluewater, Lake Tekapo<br />

• Lakestone Lodge, Lake Pūkaki<br />

• The Hermitage, Aoraki<br />

• Skyscape, Twizel<br />


• Silverstream Hotel, Kimbell<br />

• Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat dining<br />

experience, Lake Pūkaki<br />

• Mint Folk & Co, Twizel<br />

• Kohan, Lake Tekapo<br />

• Carnegies, Fairlie<br />


• Tekapo Springs (hot pools, ice skating,<br />

snow tubing, stargazing)<br />

• Hooker Valley Track<br />

• Dark Sky Project stargazing or<br />

astronomy tour<br />

• Omarama Clay Cliffs<br />

• High Country Salmon




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mackenzie<br />

<strong>Ski</strong>ing the<br />

tasman<br />

glacier<br />

Become part of the rich history of skiing on<br />

the Tasman Glacier, with tours being offered<br />

since the early 1970’s what better way to<br />

experience all the Tasman has to offer.<br />

With a huge range of options to suit all levels<br />

of ability for both skiers and snowboarders<br />

and epic views of unbelievably blue lakes<br />

and wide-open skies to jagged mountain<br />

ranges piercing the clouds, exploring Aoraki/<br />

Mount Cook National Park offers an off-thebeaten-track<br />

adventure that will leave you<br />

amazed.<br />

So grab your skis, snowboard, or hiking boots,<br />

and get ready to venture New Zealand's<br />

longest ski run - The Tasman Glacier.<br />

Trade-in bustling groomed runs and lift lines<br />

for fresh untouched powder with friends and<br />

family.<br />

<strong>Ski</strong> the Tasman Glacier should be right at<br />

the top of your bucket list and is an excellent<br />

introduction to backcountry skiing in an<br />

incredible setting.

Not fighting the crowds, just the pow!<br />

The experience begins in a ski plane. Fly up<br />

the Tasman Valley, past the Hochstetter ice<br />

fall and cloud piercing Aoraki/Mt Cook before<br />

landing on the Tasman Saddle – at around<br />

2,400 m. Two alpine huts sit amongst the<br />

snowy expanse, somehow moving with the<br />

mass of ice beneath their wooden floorboards<br />

yet shuddering in the fierce Southerly winds.<br />

Surrounding peaks poke their noses out of<br />

the glacier, icefalls cascading down to join the<br />

main flow.<br />

The ski plane skims onto the saddle, you<br />

clip into your bindings then follow your guide<br />

down the first run of the day. Past the Darwin<br />

Icefall, visit ice caves and peering into deep<br />

crevasses. Over your left shoulder, you can<br />

see Tasman Saddle Hut perched above on a<br />

rocky cliff.<br />

An amazing experience from start to finish<br />

The sweeping ski run follows the gentle<br />

gradient of the glacier for 8 to 12 km, down<br />

1,000m to your awaiting ski plane, and a<br />

deliciously scenic lunch. After your stomach<br />

is full and sunscreen is reapplied, round two<br />

is beckoning.<br />

The second ski run showcases a different<br />

section of the top of the Tasman, meandering<br />

through the Canyon Lands. Giant-sized ice<br />

blocks and deep glacial canyons demonstrate<br />

the sheer size of the glacier – with nearly<br />

600 meters of ice beneath your skis. Your<br />

expert guides always ensure your safety and<br />

comfort, providing local knowledge and tales,<br />

all with lashings of good humour.<br />

With the second ski run done and dusted,<br />

you’ll hop on board the ski plane for the third<br />

and final time, finishing up with a scenic flight<br />

back to the Mt Cook Airport.<br />

The ski planes date back even further and<br />

are a unique experience in the Southern<br />

Hemisphere. In 1953, while flying tourists<br />

around Mount Cook and over glaciers,<br />

Harry Wigley saw the need for a retractable<br />

ski which would allow aeroplanes to take<br />

off from an airfield and land on snow. With<br />

good old kiwi ingenuity, Harry fashioned the<br />

first mechanically lowered retractable ski two<br />

years later. The concept and design have<br />

since been refined, including hydraulically<br />

operated skis and plastic soles, to provide a<br />

smooth as butter glacier landing.<br />

With easy to moderate terrain, and a relaxed<br />

pace, <strong>Ski</strong> the Tasman Glacier is a once-ina-life-time<br />

experience, exploring the vast<br />

expanse of this UNESCO World Heritage<br />

Area up close and personal. Grab your friends<br />

and family and shred some pow!<br />

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the southern lakes<br />

Image compliments of sohobasin.com<br />

The Southern Lakes is an unofficial name given to an area of the<br />

southern South Island of New Zealand. It is a sparsely populated<br />

area except for a few centralised towns. As the name suggests<br />

lakes are a major feature of the district, as are snow-covered<br />

mountains in winter!<br />

Queenstown is possible one of the most written about ski<br />

destinations in the world, nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu<br />

in the Southern Alps it has had, like the rest of the region a couple<br />

of covid years of resting and is now ready to jump back into action.<br />

Queenstown has always been the home of New Zealand<br />

adventure tourism but once the snow falls it turns into the<br />

quintessential ski town, offering every service you could want from<br />

spas and vineyards to restaurants, from gear hire to shopping,<br />

Queenstown has it covered.<br />

The two closest ski fields are Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.<br />

Not too far away is Cardrona and Treble Cone (TC).<br />

For most of the winter, Queenstown sits below the snowline, while<br />

skiers head up to the mountains to ski and enjoy the specular<br />

view back into the valleys below. The vertical drop this region has<br />

to offer may not be on a par with the Alps or North America but<br />

Queenstown has its own special magic.<br />

Whatever you choose in Queenstown there is always a vast<br />

range of facilities available in the town to make any ski trip epic.<br />

Often seen as a quieter option to Queenstown, Wanaka, offers<br />

just as much in terms of facilities and accessibility. Wanaka is a<br />

great steppingstone to Cardrona and Treble Cone plus a host<br />

of snow-related options Heli, Cat, and cross country skiing. Also<br />

nestled on the shores of Lake Wanaka the town offers a more<br />

subtle version of a winter ski town but will all the facilities you need.<br />

Due to Wanaka’s location, it is also a great base for booking<br />

heli and cat skiing with Soho basin becoming world-renowned<br />

within only a few years as a luxury experience not to be missed.<br />

Across the valley from Cardrona, is <strong>Snow</strong> Farm which takes the<br />

snow experience to a new, gentler level with cross country skiing,<br />

snowshoeing etc.<br />

The Southern Lakes are often seen as just the main ski resorts<br />

but there is, as we have shown in this issue a myriad of smaller,<br />

quaint, local fields just busting to show you what’s on offer, as<br />

one operator reminded us, ‘never confuse size and fun’. But<br />

regardless of what area you choose to ski, the Southern Lakes<br />

offer both on the snow and off the snow entertainment and<br />

facilities that are world-class just waiting to be enjoyed.<br />

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soho basin<br />

As the staff fill my glass with a delicious<br />

organic Pinot Noir from nearby Amisfield<br />

and place a meticulously presented<br />

second course in front of me, it’s<br />

unequivocal that this isn’t your typical<br />

backcountry ski experience.<br />

I’ve just spent the morning skiing boot<br />

deep freshies in the open, south facing<br />

bowls of Soho Basin overlooking Lake<br />

Whakatipu and Queenstown with a<br />

mixed group of skiers and snowboarders.<br />

Our last run finished at Soho Basin’s<br />

spectacular lunch hut, a sheltered deck<br />

that looks back up at the terrain we’ve<br />

been exploring. This is a lunch that’s a cut<br />

above your classic backcountry scroggin<br />

or heliski sandwiches, soup and lollies.<br />

3 exquisite courses, prepared by Soho<br />

Basin’s chef and accompanied by wines<br />

from Amisfield or selection of local beers<br />

are how your lunch break is marked at<br />

Soho Basin.<br />

That leisurely lunch on the deck allows a<br />

little time to survey the terrain and scope<br />

out some line options for the afternoon<br />

session. Soho’s wide-open terrain allows<br />

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for plenty of opportunities for skiers and<br />

snowboarders of a wide range of abilities<br />

and so when it’s time to board our ride<br />

to the top, a big red Kassböhrer Pisten<br />

Bully snowcat, I’ve got a couple of options<br />

to discuss with guide and snow safety<br />

expert Steve Schreiber.<br />

The custom-built, heated cabin on the<br />

back of the snowcat is the ideal place<br />

to discuss your plans. With comfortable<br />

seats, large windows, plenty of room to<br />

move and no aircraft engine screaming<br />

away just centimeters behind your head,<br />

conversation is easy. As the cat purrs<br />

its way toward the summit of Mount<br />

Cardrona, Steve points out a couple of<br />

other line options to me, noting the shady<br />

aspects of a couple of ridges that should<br />

hold cold snow well into the afternoon.<br />

Cat skiing is a great way to enjoy a day of<br />

backcountry riding and at Soho Basin, it’s<br />

done at a relaxed pace with a focus on it<br />

being a sociable day, with time to enjoy<br />

not just the spectacular terrain, but the<br />

company alongside some beautiful food<br />

and wine.<br />

Time between laps allows time to think<br />

about the personalised and incredibly<br />

professional service the 6 strong Soho<br />

team offers. This level of execution far<br />

surpasses all expectations I had for<br />

this exceptional alpine experience, a<br />

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As we disembark at the summit and unload our gear, Steve points<br />

out the top of the ridgeline we scoped from below and talks me<br />

through where to head skier’s left into the line I had my eye on.<br />

Sliding over the roll onto that shady aspect finds me a series of<br />

blissful turns and with no obstacles of note, it’s time to open up<br />

and let ‘em run a little.<br />

We regroup at a bench about a third of the way down the 465<br />

vertical meters of Soho Basin’s main bowl where Steve shows me<br />

the marks that will lead me to the little chute I’d spotted above the<br />

lunch hut. There’s a flat section to pole across in order to make the<br />

entrance, but once I find the spot, the turns I make between the<br />

rocks are a real treat, and looking back up at them from the lunch<br />

hut is a very satisfying moment.<br />

At the hut, a couple of the group decide they’re going to skip a run<br />

and take advantage of the hospitality – another drink and a couple<br />

of homemade S’mores over the brazier. It’s a pleasant way to<br />

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spend the afternoon, soaking up the alpine sunshine, drink in hand,<br />

watching your mates slide through a few inches of spring fresh, but<br />

being the powder pig that I am, I’m not giving up the chance for more<br />

runs provided by the Kassböhrer Cadillac and mount the steps of the<br />

machine for another trip to the top.<br />

The afternoon shade is just reaching the lunch hut as we end our<br />

final run for the day and load up the cat for the final time. Our group<br />

of 12 comfortably accommodated in the warmth of the cabin are<br />

glowing with the camaraderie that’s the best aspect of a good day<br />

in the mountains. Back at Soho Basin’s base area, the braziers and<br />

barbecue are lit and there’s time for an après ski snack and a glass of<br />

bubbles or celebratory beer to toast the day’s exploits.<br />

As the sun sets behind distant peaks we take off our boots and climb<br />

aboard Soho Basin’s all-wheel drive minibus to descend the road to<br />

the valley floor.<br />

Soho Basin is located on the southern aspect of Mt Cardrona<br />

between Wanaka and Queenstown and accessed via the road<br />

to Cardrona Alpine Resort. The terrain and cats are exclusively<br />

available to private charter groups. The cats seat up to 12 people and<br />

your charter will be the only group riding the mountain on your allotted<br />

day. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy the mountains on skis or boards, a<br />

relaxed pace, plenty of time to enjoy the company and choose your<br />

line. No powder day frenzy, no crowded restaurants, no hot cabinet<br />

“cuisine”. A day at Soho Basin is just you, your crew and guides,<br />

stunning food and wine and some great terrain.<br />

Charter prices start at $12,000 for the mountain, cats, guides, safety<br />

equipment and all the outstanding food and beverages. Soho Basin<br />

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the hill. As every booking comes with an alternate “weather” day,<br />

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japan:<br />

a fascinating combination<br />

Japan conjures up different images for many people. Before travelling to Japan, I thought<br />

it was full of crowded mega cities, when I got to Japan I discovered that I couldn’t be more<br />

wrong! Japan is a fascinating combination of old and new, city and rural wilderness and a<br />

contrast of ancient cultures and ultra-modern technology.<br />

The people are incredibly helpful, polite, and welcoming, the food is amazing, public transport<br />

is easy to access, clean and runs on time and its actually not as expensive as you might think!<br />

And then you get to the skiing!<br />

By a freak of geography, the Japanese alps receive an extraordinary amount of fresh powder<br />

snow. Super chilled dry air travels across thousands of miles of Siberian tundra before hitting<br />

the Sea of Japan where it picks up moisture. The prevailing moisture laden wind then slams<br />

straight into the Japanese alps and tries to rise over the mountain range, dumping up to 20<br />

metres of snow a year.<br />

In the 80’s and 90’s the Japanese discovered skiing and embraced it as only they can! During<br />

these decades over 500 ski resorts were created. This hit a peak in 1998, the year of the<br />

Nagano Winter Olympic Games, when Japan had 1.8 million skiers embracing the sport.<br />

Then the bubble burst and by 2013 the numbers had halved, luckily Westerners discovered<br />

Japan’s incredible powder snow.<br />

Since 2010 or so, the growth of skiing in Japan has once again been exponential. This time<br />

with westerners from Australia, Scandinavia, UK and USA. In particular Australians have<br />

invested in the ski businesses, accommodation and real estate.<br />

The top resorts in Japan have survived and flourished, here are some of the best.<br />

Image by Markus Fischer, Red Bull Content Pool<br />

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Myoko Kogen, image by Eric Berger / Red Bull Content<br />

Best for families;<br />

Niseko – Great for your first time in Japan. 4 linked resorts in Hokkaido,<br />

has a huge range of terrain and some epic off piste. Its also close to<br />

other resorts meaning day trips are easy. Its popular with westerners<br />

and busy during school holidays. On the plus side this means it has<br />

a huge range of excellent apartment style accommodation options, is<br />

easy to get to, has good ski school services and has some ski in, ski<br />

out accommodation.<br />

Hakuba – a 45km long valley on Honshu with 7 ski resorts. The 7<br />

resorts contain a massive range of terrain and Hakuba generally has<br />

steeper runs. Has an excellent range of accommodation at the base of<br />

Happo One including modern apartment options. Reasonably easy to<br />

get to via Bullet train or transfer from Tokyo.<br />

Best places to experience Japanese culture;<br />

Nozawa Onsen – A medieval Japanese village with hot pools, and<br />

traditional accommodation options – with a huge ski resort right at the<br />

village. Nozawa is the real deal and is a great place to experience a<br />

Ryokan stay along with some epic skiing. The fire festival around 13 –<br />

15 Jan is a must see, but you need to book early or you will miss out.<br />

Shiga Kogan – 16 linked resorts make up the largest ski resort in<br />

Japan. With a huge range of terrain, the resort can feel fractured as<br />

there are multiple villages<br />

Best resorts for powder hounds;<br />

Myoko Kogen – Located in the Niigata prefecture right on the Sea of<br />

Japan, Myoko has around 7 ski resorts which get LOTS of snow! The<br />

first time I went to Myoko we were driving in through 10 metres high<br />

snow drifts on the side of the road. The accommodation is rustic (great<br />

value) the location is tricky to get to and the skiing simply superb! Take<br />

a keen group and hire a guide to get the best out of Myoko!<br />

Furano – The center of the hidden gems in Hokkaido. Furano is<br />

centrally located on Hokkaido which means it’s a great place to hunt<br />

powder from. At least 6 other resorts can be accessed from Furano<br />

using a mix of private and public transport, it’s a mecca for skiers wanting<br />

adventurous day trips. In its own right, Furano has some brilliant offpiste<br />

skiing on its two linked resorts and a range of accommodation<br />

options.<br />

Best off the beaten path;<br />

Aomori Springs and Hakkoda – Both in the far north of Honshu in<br />

the Aomori prefecture. These are amazing back country style ski areas.<br />

One huge lift, no grooming, no ski patrol, few marked runs, LOTS of<br />

snow. Enjoy stunning Japanese accommodation, take your powder<br />

skis, your beacon and your avalanche awareness!<br />

Asahidake, Kurodake, Kamui ski links, NAC Cat skiing, Pippu - All<br />

in central Hokkaido where the snow is so light and abundant its simply<br />

off the powdometer! Best to stay in Furano or Asahikawa with a rental<br />

car to access these resorts. They are all small (some only open in the<br />

weekend) and offer off the chart powder experiences.<br />

After 2 years of a powder drought, I can’t wait to get back to Japan and<br />

experience the people, food and the powder once again. Bring on the<br />

borders opening and winter.<br />

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evelstoke:<br />

big terrain, big snowfall and big fun<br />

Tucked between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain Ranges of south-eastern British<br />

Columbia, Revelstoke abounds with its own natural beauty and reputation for epic powder<br />

days.<br />

The Revelstoke ski area is 6km southeast of the town of Revelstoke BC, which is 2 hours’<br />

drive (199km) away from Kelowna International Airport. There are airport shuttles between<br />

Kelowna and Revelstoke, and there are shuttles between the town of Revelstoke and<br />

Revelstoke Mountain Resort daily.<br />

The resort has 1,263 hectares of<br />

skiable terrain yet only seventyfive<br />

trails, which gives you an<br />

impression of the extensive range<br />

of the off-piste skiing.<br />

Revelstoke has its historic roots as a railway town. Rail, forestry and natural resources are<br />

the industries that built and sustained the town for more than 100 years. Revelstoke was<br />

once one of the largest and most prominent communities in the interior of the province,<br />

mostly due to its importance as a railway centre.<br />

A thirst for adventure has also characterized the town from its beginnings. Norwegian<br />

immigrants brought skiing and ski jumping to Revelstoke, and by the 1910s, several ski<br />

jumping hills had been built around town. The Revelstoke <strong>Ski</strong> Club is the oldest ski club<br />

in British Columbia. In the 1960s, a ski hill first appeared on Mount Mackenzie, where<br />

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is now located and Revelstoke continues to be a hub for winter<br />

sports of all kinds.<br />

Revelstoke is the perfect base for an adventure, the passionate residents have created a<br />

town that encapsulates the diverse interests of the people who live here. From live music<br />

to locally made art, the Revelstoke has it all. Beautiful scenery, warm people, endless<br />

adventure and a wealth of arts and cultural experiences can be found year-round.<br />

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The Revelstoke skiing terrain is largely below the treeline<br />

and consists of super long steep groomers, and smooth<br />

groomed runs. There are moguls and glades, and an<br />

abundance of tree skiing. There is alpine bowl skiing<br />

available in the North Bowl and a hike-to area above The<br />

Stoke chair. The Revelstoke ski hill boasts the longest<br />

vertical run in North America at 1,713 metres!<br />

The terrain is broken down into 12% for beginner, 43%<br />

intermediate and 45% advanced/expert.<br />

Revelstoke is renowned for getting lots of snow. Some of<br />

the Revelstoke Heli skiing areas get over 14-18 metres<br />

of powder on average per season, and the resort gets an<br />

average of 10.5m.<br />

The base area of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort has<br />

grown in recent years to become a small village. Core<br />

to the village is the three buildings of the large Sutton<br />

Place Revelstoke. This hotel provides upscale condo<br />

accommodation that is fully ski-in ski-out.<br />

A lot of the Revelstoke accommodation is located<br />

downtown or out on or near Highway 1 where there is a<br />

variety to suit all budgets. In addition to Revelstoke hotels,<br />

the town has lodges, motels, and B&Bs.<br />

The culture of the town has become one of a vibrant ski<br />

town, rather than the sleepy country town it once was.<br />

Despite its label as being a mountain for hard-core skiers<br />

and snowboarders, Revelstoke Resort has been working<br />

hard in recent years to attract families and beginners. In<br />

2019, the Resort opened the Stellar Chair, a new fixedgrip<br />

quad with a mellow grade and just over 130 metres of<br />

vertical. This zone is the perfect playground for beginner<br />

skiers and those working up to skiing the Resort’s more<br />

challenging terrain.<br />

If you are looking for a ski holiday that is set amongst<br />

breath-taking scenery, with magical snow and enough<br />

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panorama mountain<br />

resort: every day is a snow day<br />


Above: Panorama Mountain Village at night<br />

Left: The infamous Taynton Bowl<br />

Below: Explore forest trails on a fat tire bike<br />

At Panorama, every day is a ski day, that’s why<br />

the resort has quickly become a favourite for New<br />

Zealanders who head north between December and<br />

April. Here, closed days never happen.<br />

Surrounded by the endless mountain peaks of the<br />

Canadian Rockies, Panorama’s 1,300 metre vertical<br />

is giant even by North American standards. The<br />

awards keep on coming for superb grooming on<br />

the best fall-lines you can ski. Don’t worry about lift<br />

lines, even on the busiest days they are almost nonexistent.<br />

Join the Mountain Friends for a free tour of<br />

endless terrain, likely with other Kiwis wanting to know<br />

the local’s secrets. You’ll likely meet up with your new<br />

mates when the lifts close too.<br />

The ski-in / ski-out village offers apartment style<br />

accommodation right beside the lifts. Everything you’d<br />

expect of a first-rate resort is at your doorstep, except<br />

throbbing nightclubs and bars packed to the rafters.<br />

Panorama is a place to relax, sit back, and watch the<br />

snowflakes drift down. Don’t forget RK Heliski, right in<br />

the heart of the village, flying to the sort of snow seen<br />

in all the best ski movies.<br />

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about the Mountain Collective’s Order of the True<br />

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It’s time to make tracks!<br />

stats:<br />

Season dates: December 9, <strong>2022</strong>, to April 9, 2023<br />

<strong>Ski</strong>able area: 1,204 hectares<br />

Elevation of summit and village: 1,150 metres to 2,450 metres<br />

Vertical descent: 1,300 metres. Top 10 in North America!<br />

Longest run: 6.5km<br />

Number of trails and glades: 134<br />

Terrain mix: 20% Beginner. 55% Intermediate / Advanced. 25% Expert<br />

Terrain Park: Yes (S-M and M-XL)<br />

Number of lifts: 10<br />

Annual snowfall: 520cm<br />

Average temperature: -5C<br />

Other activities available: Heliskiing, snowmobile tours, Nordic skiing,<br />

snowshoeing, ice skating, fat tire mountain biking, and shopping and<br />

dining in nearby Invermere (free shuttle).<br />

Website: www.panoramaresort.com<br />

Booking details: Talk to your New Zealand snow travel expert for the<br />

best deals and packages.<br />

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sun peaks:<br />

living beyond words<br />

Written by Jenny Hodder (Sun Peaks Local)<br />

As a writer, there is seldom a time it’s difficult<br />

to illustrate an experience with words. Writing<br />

is for me, a boundless means of problemsolving,<br />

collecting moments, and navigating<br />

the steep terrain of intricate emotions. The<br />

feelings connected to it are similar to those<br />

I experience floating through fresh mounds<br />

of powder on my snowboard: relief and<br />

liberation. It absorbs the weight that as a<br />

twenty-something, I so often feel pressing on<br />

my shoulders as I navigate early adulthood<br />

and the notion of “having it figured out.”<br />

Usually, stray thoughts float to me one after the<br />

other and expand into whatever it is I’m writing,<br />

much like a billow of fog rolls over a landscape<br />

and blankets the surrounding mountains. It’s<br />

sort of effortless – or it was until I came to Sun<br />

Peaks. Trying to translate the vivaciousness of<br />

this place into writing has landed me in a state<br />

of unending speechlessness. Sun Peaks is a<br />

pocket of life beyond words.<br />

Sharing this kind of deep insight into the way I<br />

operate feels really personal – too personal for<br />

a magazine, but Sun Peaks is so personal, it<br />

feels like this is the only way I can talk about it.<br />

Riding In—Bounds, Feeling Boundless.<br />

Three skiable mountains surround me as I<br />

glide over cloud-like lanes of snow to load one<br />

of 13 chairlifts. I’m cutting through winter air,<br />

feet and snowboard dangling below me before<br />

I can blink. The overwhelming magnitude of<br />

the Sun Peak’s landscape and it’s 4,270 acres<br />

of skiable terrain makes it the second largest<br />

ski area in Canada, but the absence of crowds<br />

and lift lines make me feel like it’s unknown to<br />

the rest of the world.<br />

I slide off the chair and sit on the powdery<br />

edge of the run we’re about to drop into.<br />

Stillness hangs in the air at the Top of the<br />

World, 2,080 meters up and it feels tangible.<br />

Nightfall travels upward from the cluster of<br />

mountains in the distance, pools of gold and<br />

orange cascade over rose-tinted clouds. The<br />

day is coming to an end; I wish I could take<br />

the last few hours of sun and save them for<br />

later but there will be more: Sun Peaks basks<br />

in 2,000 hours of sunshine annually. “LET’S<br />

GO!” My friends yell at me from ahead and<br />

I push to my feet to catch up with them. Our<br />

lines weave in and around each other as we<br />

race down White Rabbit – a short but steep<br />

run that always seems to be covered in a<br />

patch of bottomless powder. As a part of the<br />

interior of British Columbia, Sun Peaks is<br />

consistently blanketed in light, fluffy snow – the<br />

kind that makes you feel weightless shredding<br />

through it. Reaching the base of the mountain,<br />

we hurdle a few snowballs at each other and<br />

head into Masa’s for a beer. It’s been a good<br />

day.<br />

Home.<br />

Dreamy energy traverses the groomed<br />

walkway that bleeds through the pedestrianonly,<br />

ski-through village. I’m encircled by a<br />

lively array of 40+ cafes, restaurants, and<br />

shops, all operating at full-tilt under the veil<br />

of European-style architecture. Warm, pastry<br />

flavoured air travels across the street from<br />

Bolacco Café; I can already taste the strudels<br />

– eating one is like biting into a little sugared,<br />

cherry cloud.<br />

Even as I meander the village alone, I’m<br />

reminded of how it felt to hug my family again<br />

after months of isolation, restrictions and teary<br />

FaceTimes: like home. A sense of belonging<br />

trails alongside me wherever I go in Sun<br />

Peaks. The thread that holds this community<br />

together is tightly bound with a mixture of<br />

passion for this lifestyle and the prosperity of<br />

this community, and a willingness to welcome<br />

others into it. The narrative of my life, and<br />

how I sometimes feel that the mistakes that<br />

exist within that define me, melts away here;<br />

in Sun Peaks, I’m immersed in a culture that<br />

prioritizes sustainable lifestyle and happiness.<br />

The amount of time spent here is irrelevant –<br />

when you’re in Sun Peaks, you’re home.<br />

Beyond <strong>Ski</strong>ing.<br />

I contemplate how much skill I actually<br />

acquired in my childhood sitting in the driver’s<br />

seat of my dad’s snowmobile. He sat on the<br />

back, unrelentingly instructing me how to<br />

drive it; my eyes rolled with every word. I sit<br />

on the rumbling body of a sled I’m about to<br />

drive (without him) into the vast landscape of<br />

Sun Peak’s backcountry and suddenly, I miss<br />

him. As annoyed as I was with the insistent<br />

instruction, I knew he had my back no matter<br />

how royally I screwed up. I (hate to admit it<br />

but,) nervously squeeze the throttle on my<br />

sled and I follow our tour guide (Andy Matusky,<br />

owner and operator of Sun Peaks Adventure<br />

Tours) into the winding constellation of trails<br />

ahead. A canopy of snow-covered trees<br />

line either side of the trail. Soft morning sun<br />

leaks through the frosted branches above<br />

me; it melts any lingering nervousness in my<br />

stomach. My eyes spend more time reveling in<br />

what’s around me than they do looking ahead<br />

of me. We file out into a wide-open expanse of<br />

land beyond the trees. Our machines sputter<br />

to a stop and I hear nothing expect for my<br />

exaggerated inhaling and exhaling. I feel like<br />

we’re the only people in the world.<br />

Sure, Sun Peaks is known for the unmatched<br />

skiing experience, but it’s about more than<br />

skiing here. It’s about the overarching<br />

experience and the memories that are born<br />

out of that. Beyond skiing, there’s an epic<br />

array of other activities like snowmobiling,<br />

snowshoeing, ice fishing and dog sledding<br />

that once done, become apart of your<br />

unforgettable collection of memories.<br />

Thinking, Feeling, Breathing More.<br />

The layers of unity, thrill, and kindness I’ve<br />

come to know in Sun Peaks are undoubtedly<br />

weaving themselves into my identity. The<br />

relationship I’ve been able to cultivate with the<br />

mountains in my short time here is one I’m<br />

unsure any human or place could replicate.<br />

Here, I think more openly, feel more excited,<br />

and breathe with more ease.<br />


ig white canada:<br />

where families go to play<br />

8 Reasons Why This Epic Mountain Needs To Be Your Next Family Vacation<br />

If there’s one place to holiday that will keep your kids asking, “When can we go again?” it’s<br />

Big White <strong>Ski</strong> Resort in super, natural British Columbia, Canada.<br />

Located just 45 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, Big White is known for its<br />

dry, fluffy “Okanagan Champagne Powder,” its completely ski-in, ski-out village, and its<br />

never-ending list of winter-wonderland activities.<br />

Here are 8 reasons why Big White was voted Canada’s Favourite Family Resort – and why<br />

it’ll soon become your family’s favourite, too.<br />

1. Terrain For Every Ability<br />

From bunny hills to beginner greens, cruisy<br />

blues, steep blacks, moguled double blacks,<br />

powder gulches and glades, Big White <strong>Ski</strong><br />

Resort has something for every level of skier<br />

and snowboarder. Plus, with a green run from<br />

every lift, families with different skill levels can<br />

still explore different areas of the mountain<br />

together.<br />

2. Winter Events Galore<br />

Scour the mountain as a family looking for<br />

clues with the regularly scheduled Moose Cruz;<br />

warm up by a bonfire with a steaming cup of<br />

hot chocolate and take in the fireworks display<br />

every Saturday; indulge in candy floss and<br />

popcorn at the weekly Kids’ Carnival. There is<br />

no shortage of off-ski fun for the whole family at<br />

Big White. Check out BigWhite.com for events<br />

scheduled during your stay,<br />

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3. Learn at the <strong>Ski</strong> & <strong>Snow</strong>board School<br />

Whether you have young kids, are a first timer,<br />

or are looking to give those ski legs a refresh,<br />

the Big White <strong>Ski</strong> & Board School has you<br />

covered. With world-class instructors, trained<br />

staff at the Kids Centre, and FLAIK Real<br />

Time Tracking devices, you’ll feel more than<br />

comfortable dropping the kids off for a day<br />

exploring the mountain on your own.<br />

4. <strong>Ski</strong>-In, <strong>Ski</strong>-Out - Everywhere!<br />

There’s no need for a car at Big White <strong>Ski</strong><br />

Resort! Home to Canada’s largest totally ski-in,<br />

ski-out village, you can ski, snowboard or walk<br />

to nearly every restaurant, accommodation,<br />

and activity – making it super smooth to get<br />

around when you have kids in tow.<br />

5. Fueling Up<br />

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a<br />

morning coffee, or a gourmet meal complete<br />

with dessert, you won’t run out of options on<br />

the mountain! With nearly 20 on-mountain<br />

restaurants, cafes, and food trucks at the<br />

resort, there is something for every palate and<br />

every budget. Your kids will love snacking on<br />

the pink donuts at The Bullwheel, or toasting<br />

their own s’mores table-side at Globe Cafe.<br />

Plus, the on-mountain Market at Big White<br />

makes it easy to stock up your own fridge!<br />

6. More Than <strong>Ski</strong>ing<br />

From tubing to skating, snowshoeing to<br />

snowmobiling, take a break from the slopes<br />

and keep enjoying the great outdoors! Take<br />

the family on an adventure of a lifetime<br />

with a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the<br />

backcountry – or try out an iconic Canadian<br />

experience and whiz through the forest on a<br />

dog sled.<br />

7. Stay & Play<br />

What better way to relax than soaking those<br />

sore ski muscles in your own private hot<br />

tub? Give the team at Big White Central<br />

Reservations a call or email, and have them<br />

find you the perfect home away from home<br />

– there are plenty of awesome kid-friendly<br />

options, including hotels with shared hot tubs<br />

and swimming pools!<br />

8. A Price You Can’t Beat<br />

It can get expensive packing up the family for a<br />

ski holiday, and there are a ton of ways to save<br />

when you visit Big White <strong>Ski</strong> Resort. Staying<br />

for over a week? Big White’s early bird season<br />

pass can’t be beat. Or, save 25% off lift tickets<br />

when you book online two days in advance.<br />

Plus, Big White Central Reservations always<br />

has great deals on accommodation, like<br />

their Buy 6, Get 7 deal. Be sure to check out<br />

BigWhite.com for the latest in savings for your<br />

winter getaway.<br />


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2015 Myoko, Japan: somewhere in the<br />

remote backcountry Toby had an idea.<br />

Although loving the abundance of fresh<br />

powder, he felt that the skis he was ripping on<br />

were good… but could be so much better.<br />

“Don’t get me wrong. The well-known ski<br />

brands are awesome. They’re what most of<br />

us grow up on, learn on and build our love<br />

of skiing on. They’re absolutely great – but<br />

there’s more on offer.”<br />

Once home, Toby started researching<br />

alternatives and soon discovered a number<br />

of micro-ski companies he wanted to talk to.<br />

He began making contact with them and was<br />

quickly swept up with their shared enthusiasm<br />

and passion for making skis. These skis were<br />

different though – they had a soul, much<br />

like their makers, and have been attracting<br />

attention for their short runs of quality product,<br />

sustainable practices, advanced technologies,<br />

empathetic engineering and superior<br />

performances.<br />

“The big difference with artisan ski makers<br />

is: they are usually founded by skiers, run by<br />

skiers, offering great skis designed and crafted<br />

by skiers. Who better to understand what we<br />

live for?”<br />

Handmade skis have unique characteristics<br />

that can better suit a skiers profile, the terrains<br />

they favour and conditions they’re likely to ski<br />

in. They’re well balanced, designed, and feel<br />

‘right’ from the very first turn – endless smiles<br />

are included. They bond with you, not the other<br />

way around. They’re an extension of you. A<br />

controllable, reactive, responsive extension<br />

that carves, turns and performs in sync with<br />

you; they’re built to last longer, go further and<br />

increase your endorphin rush. They make<br />

skiing better.<br />

“They’re built with passion and an R.O.H.<br />

(Return Of Happiness). Blackbird can deliver<br />

handmade skis for a price better than you’d<br />

expect (with FREE delivery in Australia, and<br />

not much more to get them over the ditch).”<br />

Today, Blackbird HQ, Australia: Blackbird<br />

Bespoke <strong>Ski</strong> Co has been appointed<br />

Australian Distributor for such iconic brands<br />

as Fauna <strong>Ski</strong>s, Sego <strong>Ski</strong> Co., Fat-ypus <strong>Ski</strong>s,<br />

Coalition <strong>Snow</strong>, Skevic and more coming. Plus<br />

there’s options for completely custom made<br />

skis, creating the full ‘Bespoke’ experience.<br />

While the skis all forge their own trail, they do<br />

share some common characteristics: they’re<br />

made by innovators trying to craft a better ski<br />

to provide a better experience.<br />

It’s not just about the skis, but the customer’s<br />

experience also. They encourage you to make<br />

contact, to learn about your skiing, so they can<br />

provide a selection to choose from that are<br />

better suited to you. Want to talk to a human?<br />

Give Toby a call… he loves to talk about<br />

skis! “We have skied all our brands here in<br />

Australia. The difference is amazing!”<br />

<strong>2022</strong> and Beyond: We’re sponsoring young<br />

freerider, Arkie Elliss who’s already scoring<br />

wins and competing in trans-Tasman and<br />

international events. Maybe living ‘on-snow’<br />

and skiing since she could walk is an unfair<br />

advantage; but we’re adding to that with some<br />

of the best handmade skis on the planet.<br />

“She’s at one with the elements and we reckon<br />

she’ll go far - even further with Blackbird!”<br />

Also in their sights are more sponsorships<br />

and brand ambassadors. “It’s important to<br />

give back to the industry and community. And<br />

if we can help take promising young skiers<br />

to ... well, maybe the winter Olympics...why<br />

wouldn’t you?”<br />

Meanwhile, Toby is back in Blackbird HQ,<br />

tuning skis, fitting bindings and dreaming<br />

about the next big dump wherever it may be.<br />

Tragic.<br />



SKIS<br />


Over the last few seasons, bespoke has become a word that<br />

is synonymous with craftsmanship, quality and uniqueness.<br />

Bespoke means “made for a particular customer or user.’’ And<br />

although C6 may not be making these skis just for you it’s<br />

about as close as you are going to get.<br />

Carbon is the 6th element on the periodic table. Hence the<br />

name. C6 <strong>Ski</strong>s are designed and hand-built in New Zealand<br />

by Craig Stirling specialists in carbon fibre construction and<br />

composite structural design. All of their skis are produced<br />

using pre-impregnated Carbon fibre. They are sandwich<br />

construction, utilising end-grain balsa wood core. This<br />

produces a durable, torsionally stiff, super light highperformance<br />

ski, that is unparalleled for the response, edge<br />

hold, and pop but most of all it’s made right here in the shadow<br />

of the mighty Maunga - Ruapehu.<br />

We caught up with the craftsman Craig Stirling:<br />

So, the name C6 is about the periodic table not a condition of<br />

being at sea. Can you explain the name ? All of our skis are carbon<br />

fibre construction so the reference to the periodic table is as simple<br />

as that.<br />

Tell us about your marine background – and how that has<br />

brought you to the manufacture of ski? I started as a wooden<br />

boatbuilder and diversified into building carbon fibre components for<br />

grand prix race yachts. I did a lot of work over the years contracting to<br />

Americas cup campaigns, New Zealand’s and other countries. A lot<br />

of composite parts for boats are sandwich construction similar to skis.<br />

When, where and how did it all start? I started building my own<br />

skis almost 20 years ago. Just a typical Kiwi thing, I looked at buying<br />

new skis and when I had a close look at them, thought to myself, “I<br />

can build that”. The first pair I built, I robbed the edge out of an old<br />

pair, made a crude mould and vac bagged them together with a wet<br />

laminate. They were actually pretty good. I made a few more pairs for<br />

myself and the rest of the family.<br />

After the global financial crisis in 2008, the international race yacht<br />

market disappeared leaving my business struggling. When my oldest<br />

son Sean turned 21 he and I were having a few drinks on our boat<br />

and we started talking about how low tech skis are and what it would<br />

be like to build skis utilising the very top end of composite technology.<br />

After many more drinks there weren’t many questions we didn’t have<br />

the answers for. So we came up with the name and decided we were<br />

starting a ski business.<br />

Craig describes yourself as you think others might see you?<br />

That’s a hard question to answer. Not something I’ve though about.<br />

Some of my friends call me the mad scientist because I’m always<br />

experimenting with new materials and building prototype skis for<br />

them to test.<br />

With such a competitive market how does C6 stand out from the<br />

rest – what are it points of difference? There isn’t a ski anywhere<br />

else in the world build to this level of construction.<br />

Autoclave cured, multi axial, unidirectional, pre impregnated carbon<br />

fibre, autoclave vacuum resin infusion bonded around aerospace<br />

grade end grain balsa wood core.<br />

An autoclave is essentially a pressure oven. So components are<br />

placed in a vacuum bag which applies 1 bar of pressure, and then<br />

placed in the autoclave at 7 bar of pressure and 100 degrees C. This<br />

is far superior to a press and is how top end composite components<br />

are made including Formula 1 and Aerospace.<br />

Using pre impregnated carbon fibre we can arrange the fibres in very<br />

specific directions to achieve a stiffness profile that is extremely rigid<br />

laterally and torsionally while still having a soft longitudinal flex. This<br />

means they hold an unbeatable edge on the hardpack while being<br />

easy to ski in soft snow.<br />

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The safest binding we<br />

have ever made<br />

Why should I buy a pair of C6 rather than a mainline brand?<br />

You should probably ask our customers that question, they are<br />

the ones that sell most of our skis for us these days. When you<br />

by a ski you deal with the person who deigned build and tested<br />

it. If your skiing in New Zealand It’s a product that is designed for<br />

New Zealand conditions, particularly Ruapehu, 4 different snow<br />

conditions in one turn.<br />

Despite the fact that they are extremely light, they are very<br />

robust, and they don’t lose their pop and response anywhere<br />

near as quickly as other skis.<br />

Because they are very labour intensive and expensive to build,<br />

we have very limited production, (there is only one of me). So<br />

the normal retail model doesn’t work for us. For this reason, we<br />

only sell direct from the factory, and this allows us to keep the<br />

cost similar to the mainstream top end. And most important of<br />

all, you will not ride a ski anything like this from anyone else, it’s<br />

night and day.<br />

What has been the biggest hurdle for the company and the<br />

brand? Establishing a market without advertising.<br />

What has been the biggest success? Establishing a market<br />

without advertising. We have relied on the product selling itself<br />

and word of mouth doing the rest. This requires some patience,<br />

but is very rewarding.<br />

What I love best about our brand is the days up the mountain<br />

with our demo fleet talking to people about skiing, and sending<br />

them off on my best guess for the ski that will suit them. Then<br />

having them return after a couple of laps with that irremovable<br />

smile and a lightbulb shining over their heads.<br />



Thanks to its FULL HEEL RELEASE<br />

(vertical & lateral) the new PROTECTOR<br />

binding can reduce ACL strain by more<br />

than 50% * .<br />

This will lead to a significant reduction<br />

and migitation of knee injuries.<br />

* finite element model simulations by University of Innsbruck: “Lateral Heel Release<br />

Reduces ACL strain in Simulated Backward Twisting Falls”<br />

On one occasion an older gentleman came over with his<br />

daughter. He explained how this was to be his last day ever on<br />

skis, as he was struggling and no longer enjoying it. His daughter<br />

had convinced him to just try a different ski, and we happened<br />

to be there. He returned, after a couple of laps on a pair of 156<br />

Mercury’s, with that same smile and light bulb over his head. He<br />

bought a pair of skis on the spot. He’s now skiing more than he<br />

ever did. This happens all the time and it never gets old.<br />

What would Craig Stirling tell his younger self when<br />

he started this business – what advice would you give<br />

yourself? Trust your instincts, and chose carefully who’s<br />

criticism you listen to.<br />

What does the future hold? Continuing to develop new<br />

manufacturing techniques and testing new materials. Working<br />

on refinements to design. Because of the way we build skis I<br />

can easily adjust camber/rocker profiles and stiffness from one<br />

ski to the next. I can also sit in front of the computer and design a<br />

totally new ski build tooling and be riding the ski in under 4 days,<br />

for a minimum of cost compared to mainstream company’s.<br />

This is how we have been able to progress ski design so quickly.<br />

So spending my summers building skis and testing in the<br />

northern hemisphere (when we are allowed.) Demoing and<br />

riding skis at Ruapehu and Mt Hutt during the winters. Please<br />

come and say hello if you see me up there. Living the dream!<br />

www.c6skiing.com | craig.stirling@c6skiing.com

Wide, manoeuvrable, fast and effective,<br />

the new E PRO 99 is a freeride ski that rejects<br />

compromises. On powder, it flies: its<br />

dimensions promise superb lift in deep<br />

snow; and on more compact snow, its<br />

Poplar/PU construction combined with<br />

a titanium plate withstands high-speed<br />

turns and committed landings.<br />




M-PRO / E-PRO Series Includes.<br />

M-PRO / E- PRO 99 $1299.00<br />

M-PRO / E- PRO 90 $1199.00<br />

M-PRO / E- PRO 85 $999.00<br />

E-PRO is the Women’s Specific Series<br />

Retail Prices for <strong>Ski</strong> Only.



<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED SKIS<br />


RRP:$1499.95<br />

Category: Freerider, All Terrain<br />

Lengths: 168.1, 174.2, 180.4,<br />

186.5cm<br />

Widths: 97mm<br />

Weight: 3650g/pair @180<br />

An incomparable mid-fat allterrain<br />

ski with a progressive<br />

flex and longer side lines brings<br />

greater manoeuvrability, control<br />

and stability at speed and easier<br />

to handle on all terrain.<br />


RRP:$1499.95<br />

Category: Big Mountain<br />

Lengths: 184.2, 189.7cm<br />

Widths: 108mm<br />

Weight: 4000g/pair @184<br />

A stable and powerful bigmountain<br />

ski which performs<br />

well at high speed, is easily<br />

manoeuvred and stable making<br />

it the perfect ski for all snow<br />

conditions.<br />


RRP:$1699.95<br />

Category: All Terrain<br />

Lengths: 171.3, 177.4, 183.1,<br />

189.3cm<br />

Widths: 100mm<br />

Weight: 4300g/pair @183<br />

An all-terrain ski packaged with<br />

a sufficient waist surface for<br />

going further, classic camber for<br />

stability, a titanal plate for better<br />

response and a good rocker for<br />

flexibility and manoeuvrability.<br />



RRP:$1599.95<br />

Category: Resort<br />

Lengths: 168.3, 173.2, 178.0,<br />

184.2cm<br />

Widths: 87mm<br />

Weight: 3600g/pair @178<br />

An all-terrain/freestyle ski<br />

designed for performance<br />

bringing an alliance between<br />

freestyle and carving. A longer<br />

rocker and a split tail for<br />

playing on piste and on the<br />

side of the run.

DYNASTAR//<br />


Photo: @LudoChauchaix / Pauline Astruc<br />

<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED SKIS<br />


4X4 763<br />

RRP: $1499.00 (includes<br />

Look Konect NX 12<br />

binding)<br />

Category: All Terrain<br />

Lengths: 164-171-179-185cm<br />

Widths: 130-82-112mm<br />

(R16m)<br />

Weight: 4100g/pair (179cm)<br />

These extremely versatile<br />

skis feel light and agile<br />

underfoot offering precise<br />

carves on a variety of snow<br />

conditions making the 4x4’s<br />

an exceptional across the<br />

resort ski. For making Hot<br />

Laps on the groomers to<br />

seeking out hidden powder<br />

pockets, these skis will take<br />

you everywhere.<br />


RRP:$799.00 (ski only)<br />

Category: Freeride / Big<br />

Mountain (New Youth)<br />

Lengths: 137-147-157-167-<br />

177cm<br />

Widths: 122-90-112 (R16m)<br />

Weight: 2800g /pair (167)<br />

A New Youth category<br />

introduced to the M-FREE<br />

range is built for creative<br />

skiers searching for a<br />

playful, powerful and agile<br />

ski to get you away from<br />

the resort and into virgin<br />

terrain to express your<br />

creativity with complete<br />

confidence. Hunt your Line!<br />


RRP:$1099.00 (includes Look<br />

Xpress 11 binding)<br />

Category: Groomers (Women’s<br />

Specific)<br />

Lengths: 149-155-162cm<br />

Widths: 1120-74-109 (R13m)<br />

Weight: 3100g/pair (162cm)<br />

From accessibility to<br />

performance, with no<br />

compromises on on-snow<br />

comfort, that’s the promise of the<br />

brand-new E LITE range. Hybrid<br />

Core technology brings the skis<br />

the smooth snow feel skiers have<br />

come to expect from Dynastar<br />

products. The range is modern<br />

and elegant creating a common<br />

identity from the first ski to the<br />

very last, Truly stylish, highperformance<br />

weapons.<br />

DYNASTAR//E-PRO 90 W<br />

RRP: $1199.00 (ski only)<br />

Category: Freeride / Big<br />

Mountain (Women’s<br />

Specific)<br />

Lengths: 154-162-170cm<br />

Widths: 119-89-109<br />

Weight: 3300g / pair (170cm)<br />

Wide, maneuverable, fast<br />

and effective, the new<br />

M-Pro 90 W is a freeride ski<br />

that rejects compromises.<br />

On powder it flies; it’s<br />

dimensions promise superb<br />

lift in deep snow; and on<br />

more compact snow, it’s<br />

Hybrid Core construction<br />

combined with a titanium<br />

Rocket Frame withstands<br />

high speed turns and<br />

committed landings.<br />

J U N E 2 022// 85

ARMADA//<br />


<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED SKIS<br />



102 TI<br />

RRP: $1449.99<br />

Category: Freeride, All-<br />

Mountain<br />

Lengths: 172, 180, 188cm<br />

Width: 135 - 102 - 125<br />

Weight: 1950g (180)<br />

A hard-charging all-mtn<br />

ski, the Declivity 102Ti took<br />

the full-throttle thought<br />

process of the Declivity X<br />

and applied it to a versatile<br />

chassis, specifically built to<br />

conquer mixed conditions.<br />

AR100 Sidewall, Caruba<br />

Core, EST Freeride Rocker,<br />

Comp Series Base, 2.5 Impact<br />

Edge, Articulated Titanal<br />

Banding<br />



92 TI<br />

RRP: $1349.99<br />

Category: All-Mountain<br />

Lengths:172, 180, 188cm<br />

Width: 132 - 92 - 118<br />

Weight: 1825g (180)<br />

Built off a platform that<br />

excels in any condition,<br />

the Declivity 92 Ti screams<br />

versatility from ripping<br />

high-speed groomers to<br />

charging chopped-up<br />

powder.<br />

AR100 Sidewall, Caruba<br />

Core, EST All Mountain<br />

Rocker, Comp Series Base,<br />

2.1 All Mountain Edge,<br />

Articulated Titanal Banding<br />



92 TI<br />

RRP: $1349.99<br />

Category: All Mountain<br />

Lengths: 156, 164, 172cm<br />

Width: 130 - 92 - 116<br />

Weight: 1625g (164)<br />

When you don’t know<br />

what the mountain is going<br />

to throw your way, reach<br />

for the Reliance 92 Ti. Six<br />

inches of fresh overnight?<br />

It’s ready. Bulletproof<br />

groomers? No sweat.<br />

AR100 Sidewall, Caruba<br />

Core, EST All Mountain<br />

Rocker, Comp Series Base,<br />

2.1 All Mountain Edge,<br />

Articulated Titanal Banding<br />

2.2 Impact Edge.<br />


RRP: $1349.99<br />

Category: All Mountain<br />

Everything<br />

Lengths: 172, 180cm<br />

Width: 138 - 100 - 120<br />

Weight: 2100g (180)<br />

A ski that you can take<br />

to the groomers on an<br />

average day with friends,<br />

carve hard, trick around<br />

on, laugh and have a good<br />

time.<br />

AR75 Sidewall, Poplar Ash<br />

Core, AR Freestyle Rocker,<br />

S7 Base, 2.2 Impact Edge,<br />

Springboard Tail, Edgeless<br />

Tip<br />




<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED SKIS<br />


BASALT<br />

RRP: $ 1499.99<br />

Category: All-Mountain<br />

Lengths: 160, 168, 176, 184cm<br />

Width: 127-82-115<br />

A lightweight build and the<br />

predictable edge control of full<br />

sidewall construction for all-resort<br />

skiing. A paulownia wood core<br />

reduces overall weight, while<br />

basalt layers absorb vibration for a<br />

smooth ride.<br />

An FSC Paulownia wood core +<br />

recycled materials - Topsheet-15%,<br />

Edges-100%, Base-30%<br />


86 BASALT<br />

RRP: $ 1599.99<br />

Category: All-Mountain<br />

Lengths: 158, 167, 176, 185cm<br />

Width: 132-86-120<br />

An 86mm waist adds versatility<br />

and stability across changing<br />

snow conditions. The all trail<br />

sidecut and full sidewall<br />

construction provide a smooth<br />

turn initiation and a powerful<br />

edge through the entire turn.<br />

An FSC Paulownia wood<br />

core + recycled materials -<br />

Topsheet-15%, Edges-100%,<br />

Base-30%<br />


BASALT W<br />

RRP: $1299.99<br />

Category: All-Mountain<br />

Lengths: 143, 151, 159cm<br />

Width: 127 - 88 - 117<br />

Explore more. An 82mm waist<br />

balances a quick feel edge to<br />

edge with the width to handle<br />

varied conditions. Paulownia<br />

Wood Core reduces weight by<br />

30% for enhanced agility and<br />

maneuverability<br />

An FSC Paulownia wood core +<br />

recycled materials - Topsheet-15%,<br />

Edges-100%, Base-30%<br />


86 BASALT W<br />

RRP: $1399.99<br />

Category: All-Mountain<br />

Lengths: 148, 157, 166cm<br />

Width: 132-86-120<br />

An all Trail Sidecut delivers a<br />

responsive feel with quick edge<br />

engagement and powerful,<br />

consistent carving. Boost Flex<br />

profile is adapted to the needs<br />

of advanced skiers seeking<br />

more aggressive performance.<br />

An FSC Paulownia wood<br />

core + recycled materials -<br />

Topsheet-15%, Edges-100%,<br />

Base-30%<br />

J U N E 2 022// 87

© photo : BLong<br />

The ALL-NEW LANGE XT 3 was designed around the law of gravity<br />

that “what goes up, must come down”. Purpose-built for the<br />

modern freeride skier, XT 3 is effortless on the ascent, so you can<br />

enjoy the thrill of the down. It’s freeride the way it was meant to be.<br />

Engineered to go UP, built to ski DOWN.

LANGE//<br />


Photo: @LudoChauchaix / Pauline Astruc<br />

<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED BOOTS<br />

LANGE//RX 90 W<br />

RRP: $849.00<br />

Category: All Mountain/Groomers<br />

Length: 22.0 – 27.5<br />

Width: L.V 97mm / 100mm<br />

Arguably the best-selling women’s boot<br />

on the market just got more comfortable<br />

with the addition of “Shin Control” and<br />

Thinsulate insulation for extra warmth.<br />

Gripwalk Mounted.<br />

LANGE//LX LX 120<br />

RRP: $799.00<br />

Category: Groomers/All Mountain<br />

Length: 24.0 – 31.5.<br />

Width: 102mm<br />

All New LX series with the lighter weight<br />

“Dual Core” is the upper recreational<br />

end of boot for the person with a higher<br />

volume foot. The range is available to<br />

Men and Women. All day comfort with<br />

no sacrifice on performance. Grip Walk<br />

Compatible.<br />

LANGE//RX 120<br />

RRP: $899.00<br />

Category: Groomers/Race<br />

Length: 24.0 – 31.5.<br />

Width: L.V 97mm / Wide 100mm<br />

Race heritage and the collaboration with<br />

the best boot fitters in the racing and<br />

retail world has delivered the boot for the<br />

highest level of recreational skiing. Next<br />

step up is the full World Cup level. Dual<br />

Core delivers explosive power, snap and<br />

rebound. Gripwalk Mounted.<br />

LANGE//XT3 130<br />

RRP: $1299.00<br />

Category: Freeride/Tour<br />

Length: 24.0 – 29.5<br />

Last: L.V 97mm Wide 100mm<br />

The all new XT3 is designed on the law<br />

“what goes down, must come up”. Purpose<br />

built for the modern freeride skier, the<br />

XT3 is effortless on the ascent, (53º range<br />

of movement) so you can enjoy the trill<br />

of the descent. Grip Walk mounted soles.<br />

Dynafit® Inserts. Dual Core.<br />

J U N E 2 022// 89


NEVADA SPORT// (03) 347 9566<br />

<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED CLOTHING<br />



MEN’S<br />

RRP: $499.00<br />

Taking Cues from Japanese streetwear,<br />

this parka is both toasty warm and<br />

brings a stylish look that will work<br />

as an everyday winter coat, whether<br />

you’re on the side of rugby field or in<br />

the city. Available for Women too.<br />



MEN’S<br />

RRP: $299.00<br />

Get all-day comfort with the same outof-the-box<br />

fit you expect from Moab.<br />

This chelsea delivers a lifestyle look,<br />

insulated layer for winter warmth,<br />

waterproofing to keep you dry and<br />

traction you can trust.<br />



RRP: $299.00<br />

Have toasty feet in this stylish winter<br />

boot that is insulated, comfortable,<br />

lightweight on the foot and keeps you<br />

dry during the cooler temps. This olive<br />

colour has a pop of colour to brighten<br />

your wardrobe in the winter months.<br />



RRP: $549.00<br />

Stay warm and comfortable in this<br />

flattering longer parka you won’t<br />

want to take off this winter. Light and<br />

warm by blending responsibly sourced<br />

waterproof goose down and Primaloft<br />

synthetic insulation to provide winter<br />

warmth even when wet.

GLERUPS//<br />


<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED FOOTWEAR<br />



RRP: $199.00<br />

Relax and recover in glerups. All day<br />

comfort with the boot style made with<br />

100% wool. The perfect accessory to<br />

bring up the mountain.<br />



RRP: $189.00<br />

Stay warm and comfortable in a go-to<br />

shoe you don’t want to take off this<br />

winter. Made with 100% natural,<br />

ethical wool.<br />



RRP: $169.00<br />

Relax and recover in glerups. A<br />

durable, versatile and comfortable<br />

indoor only shoe. A must have for the<br />

winter season.<br />



RRP: $179.00<br />

Step outside this winter in style and<br />

warmth. Easy on and off, 100% wool,<br />

natural rubber for all day comfort.<br />

J U N E 2 022// 91



<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED CLOTHING<br />



2<br />

RRP: $139.00<br />

The original Southern Divide baselayer.<br />

A high performing long sleeve<br />

crewe made from 100% NZ Merino<br />

for maximum comfort on the coldest<br />

of days.<br />

*18.9 microns of pure softness<br />

*Streamline fit<br />

*Flatlock seam construction<br />

*Built in droptail.<br />


SLEEVE CREWE 250gm<br />

2<br />

RRP: $139.00<br />

Crafted with our intelligent layering<br />

system. Wear this 100% NZ Merino<br />

crewe as a mid-layer when the<br />

temperature drops, or base-layer on<br />

those warmer spring days.<br />

*Supersoft jersey knit<br />

*Streamline fit<br />

*Flatlock seam construction<br />

*Built in droptail.<br />


MID-LAYER 320gm<br />

2<br />

RRP: $229.00<br />

Engineered for maximum warmth, this<br />

is the perfect addition to our layering<br />

system. Built in thumb-loops, extended<br />

droptail and made from 100% NZ<br />

Merino.<br />

*19.1 microns with Ponte finish<br />

*No-snow-go collar<br />

*Streamline fit<br />

*Integrated windbreaker for zip<br />



2<br />

RRP: $299.00<br />

Constructed for mountains. This 100%<br />

NZ Merino Hoodie is the ultimate midlayer,<br />

designed to keep you warm when<br />

the temperature really plummets.<br />

*Internal Brushed Merino<br />

*2 x waist pockets + arm pocket for lift<br />

pass<br />

*Streamline fit<br />

*Integrated windbreaker for zip<br />

*Built in droptail.



<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED CLOTHING<br />



RRP: $399.99<br />

Performance level pants with storm<br />

protection, 20k breathability and<br />

waterproofing, and built-in avalanche<br />

Recco system. Made with recycled fill.<br />



RRP: $399.99<br />

Performance level pants with storm<br />

protection, 20k breathability and<br />

waterproofing, and built-in avalanche<br />

Recco system. Made with recycled fill.<br />



RRP: $599.99<br />

Slimline style with ultimate 20k<br />

waterproof and breathability<br />

protection. Features recycled full<br />

and built-in Recco system, for<br />

the performance level skiers and<br />

snowboarders.<br />



RRP: $599.99<br />

Slimline style with ultimate 20k<br />

waterproof and breathability<br />

protection. Features recycled full<br />

and built-in Recco system, for<br />

the performance level skiers and<br />




<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED CLOTHING<br />


PANTS<br />

RRP:$899.95<br />

An ideal mountain skiing performance<br />

pant designed using a combination<br />

of Ripstop membrane and Polartec®<br />

Alpha direct 120 insulation which<br />

keeps you warm, but breathable when<br />

needed.<br />


JACKET<br />

RRP:$1099.00<br />

A protective, loaded with features<br />

jacket made with 2L Ripstop fabric<br />

and Polartec® Alpha direct 120<br />

insulation for increased breathability.<br />



RRP:$999.95<br />

A technical, ergonomically designed<br />

non-insulated ski jacket for active<br />

off-road skiing. Constructed of 100%<br />

recycled lining and 2L mechanical<br />

stretch fabric, providing freedom of<br />

movement, comfort and style.<br />


JACKET<br />

RRP:$1099.95<br />

Developed for adventureous skiing,<br />

the Freebird Xpore offers sleek design,<br />

performance, breathability, comfort<br />

and durability. This jacket will keep<br />

you dry and warm, no matter the<br />



ANON//<br />

<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//FEATURED CLOTHING<br />


HELMET<br />

RRP: $349.99<br />

The Anon Windham WaveCel Helmet<br />

pairs everyday hardshell durability<br />

with the advanced impact protection of<br />

WaveCel technology.<br />


HELMET<br />

RRP: $449.99<br />

The Anon Logan WaveCel helmet pairs<br />

3D cellular protection with an in-mold<br />

construction featuring a lightweight<br />

shell with an EPS and WaveCel liner<br />

designed in a sleek, low-profile style.<br />


RRP: $449.99<br />

The Anon M4 Goggles offer a precise<br />

helmet-to-goggle fit with the wide<br />

field of view and enhanced peripheral<br />

vision of either a toric or cylindrical<br />

lens.<br />


M3 GOGGLE<br />

RRP: $349.99<br />

The anon m3 offers MAGNA-TECH®<br />

quick lens-change technology which<br />

uses powerful magnets to make lens<br />

changes easier than ever.



In extreme, stressful situations, like an<br />

avalanche, the human body’s emergency<br />

response mode kicks in. Stress or<br />

the “fight-or-flight” response leads to<br />

improved physical performance, but at<br />

the same time reduces cognitive capacity.<br />

Put simply, our bodies respond more<br />

efficiently than our heads.<br />

In these kinds of situations, regular<br />

practice and the intuitive ease-of-use<br />

of emergency equipment, especially<br />

avalanche transceivers, play a crucial role.<br />

The easier and clearer a device is to use,<br />

the less the head has to do in an extreme<br />

situation. With the Diract Voice, Ortovox<br />

(brought to the New Zealand market by<br />

Mountain Adventure) is launching a new<br />

era in avalanche emergency equipment.<br />

This is the world’s first avalanche<br />

transceiver with voice navigation and<br />

guides searchers quickly and reliably to<br />

avalanche victims in emergency situations<br />

with clear, direct verbal instructions.<br />

The streamlined and logical design has<br />

just one single operating button with an<br />

extra-large display and a handy toggle<br />

switch to quickly change from transmit<br />

to search mode, so that the device is still<br />

easy to operate even with thick gloves on.<br />

96// S K I A N DSNOW.CO.NZ<br />

Neuropsychologist Sigrun Holzer<br />

explains;<br />

“Intuitive operation is the same as<br />

automatic action: The less you have to<br />

think, the better. Voice navigation on an<br />

avalanche transceiver is a great help,<br />

because you can keep your eyes focused<br />

on the situation and not on the device. With<br />

visual information, we first have to read<br />

and process it before we can act upon<br />

it. Hearing a voice with direct instructions<br />

saves one step in the processing<br />

sequence. Direct, clear instructions use<br />

up less cognitive capacity, something<br />

which is already limited in these kinds of<br />

emergency situations,”<br />

Simply put - The Diract Voice intuitively<br />

helps gain life-saving seconds.<br />

Tech specs<br />

Easier searching: • Voice navigation:<br />

DE, EN, FR, IT, ES, NOR, SV, CZ, NL •<br />

Flagging function • Search strip width: 50<br />

metres • Full-graphic, extra-large display<br />

34mm × 45mm with 360° real-time<br />

display • Visual and acoustic support in<br />

fine search • Group check<br />

Technology: • Number of antennas 3<br />

• Number of avalanche victims 4 • Lowtemperature<br />

battery • Rechargeable<br />

USB C • Bluetooth • Dimensions: 7.9 ×<br />

12 × 2.3 cm • Weight / Carrying system<br />

210 g / 80 g<br />

Get found: • SMART-ANTENNA-<br />

TECHNOLOGY (automatically switches<br />

to best transmission antenna) • Followup<br />

avalanche switchover in search mode<br />

• Follow-up avalanche switchover in<br />

standby mode • RECCO® reflector (in<br />

carrying system)<br />

Orotvox App (Apple IOS & Android) •<br />

Software update • Device settings • Fleet<br />

management • Personalization<br />

RRP Diract voice: $799.00 NZD RRP<br />

Diract: $699.00 NZD

M-FREE 108<br />


The M-FREE range is<br />

meant for creative skiers<br />

searching for a playful and<br />

agile ski to help you get<br />

away from it all on virgin<br />

terrain and express your<br />

creativity with complete<br />

confidence. The result of a<br />

collaboration with the “talented<br />

Richard Permin”, it<br />

offers two progressive freeride<br />

models suitable here<br />

for powder snow, steep<br />

slopes and snowy forests…<br />

or even chalet roofs.<br />

M-FREE Series Includes.<br />

M-FREE 108 $1399.00<br />

M-FREE 99 $1299.00<br />

M-FREE 90 $799.00 (Youth)<br />

E-FREE 90 $799.00<br />

(Women’s Specific)<br />

Retail Prices for <strong>Ski</strong> Only.


The year is <strong>2022</strong>, and by now most people have heeded the “gospel” of<br />

wearing a great helmet. We know quality helmets, with the latest safety<br />

technology (like MIPS), produced by a trusted helmet brand are keeping<br />

people safe and stylish all over the mountain. Their value isn’t news, but what<br />

may be surprising is finding out that most adult helmets have spaces to install<br />

audio drop-ins, and installation is easy!<br />

Over 20 helmet brands offer audio-ready compatibility allowing skiers and<br />

snowboarders to easily add a wireless system. These systems all provide<br />

Bluetooth audio and phone call capability with glove friendly controls.<br />

Phone calls on the mountain? Yes! The ear pad itself works as a wind noise<br />

dampener (or “DeadCat” in microphone parlance) so calls can be made on<br />

the blusteriest day.<br />

Installation is simple… just open each ear pad up and remove the pre-cut<br />

foam inserts. Not every helmet has clearly marked access so play around<br />

until you get it open. Smith provides a nice convenient zipper to access the<br />

internals. Some models, like the Oakley Mod 5, need extra foam removed so<br />

don’t be afraid to rip (or cut) out more to accommodate your audio system.<br />

Drop your audio kit in and enjoy the day with music in your lid!<br />

Search audio ready helmet<br />

brands & models using this QR<br />

code link:<br />

One audio kit sits above the rest in both audio performance and communication.<br />

The ALECK 006 is the wireless audio system that brings premium sound,<br />

group communication and a GPS enabled friend finder. The Aleck 006 puts<br />

your playlist at your fingertips, keeps your squad in touch on storm days, and<br />

makes meeting up for aprés easy.<br />

Pick up the ALECK 006 now at Torpedo 7 , Amazon.com.au or Aleck.io



CUSTOM<br />


GROUP<br />

COMMS<br />

FRIEND<br />

FINDER<br />




FEATURES: Double rocker, medium classic camber underfoot,<br />

medium long-side cut W: 97mm, 3650g, Radius 19m.<br />



FEATURES: On-piste/partially off-piste, progressive front rocker, light<br />

rear rocker, classic camber W: 93mm, 3650g, Radius 20m.<br />



$1699.95<br />

FEATURES: An all-terrain ski aimed for wider adventures, front<br />

rocker, early-rise tail, classic camber, double titanal plates W:<br />

100mm, W: 4300g, Radius: 21m<br />



FEATURES: Freestyle/carving resort ski, double rocker with tail heel,<br />

medium camber W: 87mm, W: 3600g, Radius: 13m<br />


<strong>2022</strong> BUYERS GUIDE//SKI&SNOW//SKIS<br />


$1499.95<br />

FEATURES: Stable big-mountain ski with quick edging, a progressive<br />

tail, double rocker and tolerant degree of flex. W: 108mm, W: 4000g,<br />

Radius: 20m<br />



FEATURES: Mid-fat all-terrain and lightweight touring ski with better<br />

edge stability, sporty flex, classic camber and double rocker.<br />

W: 95mm, W: 3300g, Radius: 17m<br />



FEATURES: Built for far-flung quests, the Navis has improved edge<br />

stability and a long classic camber for alpine-style turns, when out<br />

exploring. W: 102mm, W: 3400g, Radius: 19m<br />



$1299.95<br />

FEATURES: A dynamic, playful short-radius resort ski that can swiftly<br />

go from edge to edge when carving up the slopes. User-friendly but<br />

powerful with an intermediate degree of flex.<br />

W: 85mm, W: 3350g, Radius: 15m<br />


HEAD//KORE 99 $1399 <strong>Ski</strong> Only<br />

FEATURES: The KORE 99’s superpower is multitasking around the<br />

mountain. The ski’s construction reduces weight without sacrificing<br />

performance, resulting in a nimble freeride ski. Radius: 17,0 @<br />

Length 177<br />


HEAD//KORE X 85 $1299 <strong>Ski</strong> Only<br />

FEATURES: The KORE X 85 is the bridge between frontside and<br />

backside skiing. The core contains Graphene and Karuba wood, both<br />

with a high strength-to-weight ratio, which creates a responsive and<br />

stable ski. Radius 14,8 @ Length 170<br />


HEAD//SHAPE E-V8 $1599.00 with PR 11 GW BRAKE 85 [G]<br />

FEATURES: The Shape e-V8 offers frontside enthusiasts a big<br />

sweet spot for carving up the groomers. A woodcore and carbon<br />

construction is enhanced with HEAD’s EMC technology, which<br />

absorbs negative vibrations. Radius: 13,2 @ Length 170<br />


HEAD//SUPER JOY $1599 with Joy 11 Binding<br />

FEATURES: With the Super Joy, you can fully embrace great technique<br />

because the ski will meet you where you’re at. Designed to suit any<br />

terrain, this ski has a lightweight construction with materials prized<br />

for their high strength-to-weight ratio. Radius: 12,2 @ Length 163<br />


HEAD//TOTAL JOY $1649 with Joy 11 Binding<br />

FEATURES: The Total Joy makes the entire mountain a playground<br />

with its lightweight construction and easy-turning design. A light yet<br />

strong construction includes Graphene, which has a high strength-toweight<br />

ratio. Radius: 13,8 @ Length 163<br />


HEAD//ABSOLUT ABSOLUT JOY $1099 with Joy 9 Binding<br />

FEATURES: With the Absolut Joy, you can carve up the corduroy and<br />

make railroad tracks in the snow. Designed for the frontside, the<br />

Absolute Joy has a wood core and a lightweight construction with<br />

materials prized for their high strength-to-weight ratio. Radius: 13,2<br />

@ Length 163<br />




FEATURES: S.C 121-72-106. R15m (174cm) Hybrid Poplar / PU Core,<br />

V-Tech, Fiberglass sandwich, Full Sidewall. Lengths; 158-166-174-<br />

182cm<br />




FEATURES: S.C122-78-106. R14m (1624cm) Hybrid Sapelli / PU Core,<br />

3-D profile, Fiberglass sandwich, Central Sidewall. Lengths;150-<br />

158-164cm<br />



$1299.00 (SKI ONLY)<br />

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

Fiberglass Torsion box, Sandwich, Full Sidewall. Lengths; 171-179-<br />

185cm.<br />


DYNASTAR//M PRO 85 (FREERIDE) $999.00 (SKI ONLY)<br />

FEATURES: S.C 125-85-110. R16m (176), Hybrid Poplar / PU core,<br />

Fiberglass Sandwich, full Sidewall. Lengths; 158-167-176-185cm.<br />



10 BINDING)<br />

FEATURES: 118-90-108. R19m (170), Poplar Wood Core, Tip and Tail<br />

Rocker, Fiberglass Sandwich, Central Sidewall. Lengths; 130-140-150-<br />

160-170-180cm.<br />



SPECIFIC) $799.00 (SKI ONLY)<br />

FEATURES: 122-90-112. R16m (157). Paulownia Wood Core, Fiberglass<br />

torsion box, Central Sidewall, Tip & Tail Rocker. Lengths; 137-147-157-<br />

167cm.<br />


ARMADA//ARW ARW 96 $1099.99<br />

FEATURES: An incredibly versatile all-mountain freestyle ski. Park,<br />

pipe, piste and pow. Just go skiing!! WWW.ARMADASKIS.COM<br />

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ARMADA//ARV ARV 96 $1099.99<br />

FEATURES: The ultimate all-rounder, there isn’t a part of the mountain<br />

this ski isn’t happy in. WWW.ARMADASKIS.COM<br />


SPECS: Race ski construction on a wider body, this is a stable short<br />

radius weapon with just a hint of forgiveness.<br />



SPECS: Confidence-inspiring stability at speed and nimble when you<br />

want to relax, delivered in a versatile width.<br />



SPECS: Effortless performance for the off-piste inclined, the Rallybird<br />

delivers smooth control at all speeds.<br />



SPECS: Built for all-mountain versatility, take the new Sender 94Ti<br />

into any and all conditions with confidence.<br />



SPECS: Unbridled freeride performance with a playful personality,<br />

the Sender Ti is here to satiate the shredders.<br />



SPECS: Rail turns, slash pow, smear and pop off park jumps or sidehits.<br />

Unmatched versatility.<br />



RRP:$1299.00<br />

With the KORE 1, you follow your own<br />

paths. The combination of lightweight,<br />

performance, ski-hike mechanism and<br />

Dynafit tech insert meets your freeskiing<br />

needs. The new Superleggera buckles<br />

give your feet a precise and comfortable<br />

fit.<br />



RRP:$999.00<br />

HEAD’s new formula for success<br />

is the Formula 120. Trickle down<br />

race knowledge results in high-level<br />

frontside performance combined with<br />

a comfort-oriented customizable fit<br />

applauded by bootfitters.<br />



BOOT<br />

RRP:$899.00<br />

The new Formula 95 W delivers<br />

performance and all-day comfort<br />

thanks to technology proven from race<br />

boots combined with straightforward,<br />

customizable features. The Formula 95 W<br />

has an accommodating 100-mm last, a<br />

short cuff, an extended toe box for<br />

toe articulation, and a balanced<br />

stance that allows women to be<br />

more centered.<br />


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BOOT<br />

RRP:$799.00<br />

The versatile easy entry EDGE LYT 110<br />

is a performance driven accessible boot<br />

for mastering skiing’s learning curve.<br />

Our easy entry shell delivers a stress-free<br />

yet performance driven fit.<br />



RRP:$1399.00<br />

Flex130, Last 99mm. Dynafit® Inserts,<br />

Vibram® Rubber Touring Sole (ISO9523)<br />

Active Power V Lock, 53° ROM. Ultralight<br />

Touring Liner. Sizes; 25.0-28.5<br />



BOOT<br />

RRP:$499.00<br />

The Maestrale XT is the free-ride oriented boot,<br />

ideal for the expert backcountry skier, seeking<br />

high performance and prioritizing downhill<br />

performance. Delivering high quality<br />

precision and comfort, with this boot skiers<br />

can seek out all types of backcountry terrain.<br />


LANGE//LX LX 90W<br />

RRP:$799.00<br />

Flex 90, Last 102mm.Women’s<br />

specific cuff, canting, Gripwalk®<br />

compatible. Sizes; 22.0-27.5<br />


LANGE//RX 130<br />

RRP:$1099.00<br />

Flex 130, Last 100mm & LV 97mm.Dual<br />

Core, Polyether Shell / Cuff, Dual 3-D<br />

Liner, 50mm Cam Lock Power Strap. Sizes<br />

22.0-28.5<br />


LANGE//RX 80 WOMEN’S<br />

RRP:$749.00<br />

Flex 80, Last, LV 97 & 100mm.<br />

Gripwalk® Mounted. Thinsulate®<br />

Insulation. Canting. Dual 3-D sport<br />

liner.<br />


LANGE//XT3 110 WOMEN’S<br />

RRP:$1199.00<br />

Flex 110, Last 100mm & 97mm LV. Active<br />

Power V Lock, 53° ROM. Gripwalk®<br />

Mounted, Ultralon® Liner.<br />


LANGE//RS 90 S.C<br />

RRP:$499.00<br />

Flex 70, Last 97mm. Dual Core, Solid<br />

Sole. External Screw Canting, Dual 3-D<br />

Performance liner. 30mm Power strap.<br />



110 W<br />

RRP:$999.99<br />

Flex 110, Last 98mm<br />

The Elite 110w LT is as happy on long<br />

tour missions as it is hammering freeride<br />

terrain.<br />



CUP 140<br />

RRP:$1099.99<br />

Flex 140, Last 97mm<br />

For competitive racing and/or<br />

on-trail performance. The ultimate<br />

in precision and total control through<br />

every turn.<br />



PRO 130 GW<br />

RRP:$1099.99<br />

Flex 100, Last 100mm<br />

A trustworthy workhorse, designed<br />

to hold you properly for morning<br />

resort laps followed by afternoon<br />

tour laps.<br />



100 W<br />

RRP:$799.99<br />

Flex 100, Last 100mm<br />

A performance boot with custom<br />

moldable liners for unsurpassed<br />

comfort. Combine that with Merino<br />

wool insulation and you’ll have the<br />

warmth to stay out all day.<br />


Winter with us.<br />

We’ve got you covered from head-to-toe, with winter boots, jackets and<br />

accessories to keep you toasty warm during all your outside adventures.<br />

Stylish and practical winter wear. Stay warm this winter.<br />


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(POSEIDON)<br />

RRP: $399.00 SPECS: 20K/20K rated 100%<br />

waterproof, extremely breathable, 4-way stretch<br />

jacket that feels as comfortable and quiet as a<br />

soft-shell.<br />



(MARRON)<br />

RRP: $399.00 SPECS: 20K/20K rated 100% waterproof,<br />

extremely breathable, 4-way stretch jacket that feels as<br />

comfortable and quiet as a soft-shell.<br />




RRP: $599.00 SPECS: 100% waterproof stylish<br />

long coat, comfortable 4-way stretch and warm<br />

DownPlus+ insulation.<br />



MEN’S (NAVY)<br />

RRP: $399.00 SPECS: Blending the warmth of<br />

responsibly sourced goose down with synthetic<br />

fibres, featuring innovative BackVent technology.<br />




RRP: $399.00 SPECS: Blending the warmth of<br />

responsibly sourced goose down with synthetic<br />

fibres, featuring innovative BackVent technology.<br />



RRP: $459.99 SPECS: Alpine Downlab is an<br />

experiment in exploring the possibilities of nature’s<br />

lightest, most packable insulation. The 800-fillpower<br />

AlpLight Down Jacket uses NetPlus®, a<br />

100% postconsumer recycled nylon fabric made<br />

from recycled fishing nets to help reduce ocean<br />

plastic pollution and was designed for cool-weather<br />

missions. Also available in a Pull Over.<br />




RRP: $549.99 SPECS: 10k breathability and waterproof<br />

rating. Durable water repellent.<br />



RRP: $599.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and waterproof<br />

rating. Built-in Recco avalanche system.<br />



RRP: $799.99 SPECS: Patagonia’s most active<br />

waterproof shell, the Stormstride Jacket is patterned<br />

for backcountry motion and fully featured in<br />

a lightweight, stretch 3-layer 100% nylon (54%<br />

recycled) solid stretch plain weave with H2No®<br />

Performance Standard protection.<br />



RRP: $1099.00 SPECS: Loaded with features. Made<br />

with 2L Ripstop fabric and Polartec® Alpha direct 120<br />

insulation for increased breathability – insulation body<br />

mapped for maximum performance.<br />



RRP: $259.99 SPECS: With its innovative, seamless,<br />

3-D knit structure, Patagonia’s Capilene® Air Crew<br />

offers amazing warmth and comfort. An airy blend of<br />

51% RWS-certified merino wool from New Zealand<br />

and 49% recycled polyester wicks moisture, resists<br />

odour and dries in a flash.<br />



RRP: $1099.95 SPECS: With sleek design and using high<br />

performance Xpore® fabric brings a perfect balance between<br />

lightness, comfort and durability.<br />


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RRP: $999.95 SPECS:A waterproof, lightly insulated<br />

ski mountaineering jacket using 2-Layer Gore-Tex®<br />

and Primaloft® Silver Insulation.<br />



RRP: $1149.99 SPECS: The PowSlayer Jacket is<br />

lightweight, packable, optimised for backcountry<br />

touring and features a minimalist design. The<br />

GORE-TEX Pro fabric package includes the first 100%<br />

recycled nylon face fabric to deliver the highest level<br />

of durable waterproof/breathable and windproof<br />

protection available.<br />



RRP: $1099.95 SPECS: A serious off-piste ultra-tough<br />

Gore-Tex® 3L ski shell designed for cold, full throttle<br />

big-mountain adventures.<br />



RRP: $999.95 SPECS: Ergonomically designed with a relaxed<br />

fit, and a slightly longer cut. A technical, 2L lined shell ski<br />

jacket with mechanical stretch, 100% recycled lining.<br />



RRP: $799.95 SPECS: A lightweight, high<br />

performance and packable jacket for all extremes,<br />

made with wind/waterproof 3-Layer Gore-Tex®<br />

Active.<br />




RRP: $599.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and waterproof<br />

rating. Built-in Recco avalanche system.<br />



RRP: $399.99 SPECS: Designed for skiers and<br />

snowboarders, delivering performance, warmth and<br />

style with a 56%-recycled shell fabric and 85%-recycled<br />

insulation. Features an adjustable hood with a wire<br />

brim that fits most snowsports helmets, pit zips for<br />

ventilation, a powder skirt, fore-arm ski pass pocket<br />

and a double-separating front zip.<br />


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RRP: $599.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and waterproof<br />

rating. Built-in Recco avalanche system.<br />



RRP: $549.99 SPECS: A high-output piece designed to move and<br />

breathe with you, the Dawn Patrol Shell is the embodiment of<br />

durability. Designed with four-way stretch and double weave<br />

fabric, quick movements, banger uphill laps and light weather<br />

are all covered. Men’s and Women’s available.<br />




RRP: $599.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and waterproof<br />

rating. Built-in Recco avalanche system.<br />




RRP: $599.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and waterproof<br />

rating. Built-in Recco avalanche system.<br />


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RRP: $599.95 SPECS: With ‘soft’ hardshell Proflex<br />

construction, the Kinetic is a flexible and breathable<br />

waterproof ski jacket for piste, touring or ski<br />

mountaineering.<br />



RRP: $499.99 SPECS: Waterproof, 3-layer Pertex®<br />

Shield jacket designed for adventures in the snow.<br />

Features adjustable helmet-compatible hood with a<br />

wire brim, pit zips for ventilation, a powder skirt,<br />

adjustable hem and ThumbDrive cuff closures<br />

to keep snow and wind out, a fore-arm ski pass<br />

pocket and double-separating front zip.<br />




RRP: $749.99 SPECS: Our fullcoverage,<br />

fully taped waterproof/<br />

breathable snow bibs featuring a<br />

dynamic four-way stretch 20k/20k<br />

BD.dry laminated fabric that’s<br />

perfect for backcountry tours, the<br />

Recon Stretch Bib protects against<br />

over-the-shoulders conditions, wet<br />

spring snow and everything in<br />

between.<br />



RRP: $919.99 SPECS: Lightweight and<br />

highly breathable these low-profile<br />

bibs are optimised for backcountry<br />

touring. With a recycled face textile,<br />

the 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro shell<br />

fabric offers the highest level of<br />

durable waterproof/breathable and<br />

windproof protection.<br />




RRP: $999.99 SPECS: 3-layer GORE-<br />

TEX® Pro and full mobility with<br />

3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Stretch<br />

panels where you need them - on<br />

the knees, lower back and crotch<br />

gusset. Features include top to<br />

bottom zips, adjustable venting and<br />

cuff size adjustments to fit climbing<br />

or ski touring boots.<br />



PANTS<br />

RRP: $899.00 SPECS: 2L Ripstop fabric WP<br />

& breathable membrane and Polartec®<br />

Alpha direct 120 insulated pants to keep<br />

you warm and dry.<br />




RRP: $399.99 SPECS: Waterproof protection<br />

in the lower legs where you need it whilst<br />

letting moisture escape where you don’t.<br />

Features plenty of pockets including an<br />

avalanche beacon pocket, internal gaiters to<br />

keep snow out, thigh vents to vent excess<br />

heat and scuff guards for durability. Perfect<br />

on the ski slopes and snowy trails.<br />




RRP: $479.99 SPECS: Designed with a<br />

single-minded focus on highly efficient<br />

mountain travel, the Dawn Patrol Pants are<br />

the quintessential high-output touring pants.<br />

Men’s and Women’s available.<br />



RRP: $699.99 SPECS: With a host of tailored<br />

features the Stormstride Pants are ready<br />

for the backcountry. In soft, supple yet<br />

waterproof 3-layer fabric they offer H2No®<br />

Performance Standard protection, while the<br />

waist features low-profile waistband with<br />

belt loops and a customisable OppoSet®<br />

adjustment for refined fit.<br />



RRP: $229.99 SPECS: Designed for skiers and<br />

snowboarders delivering performance, warmth<br />

and style with a 56%-recycled shell fabric and<br />

85%-recycled insulation. Features include adjustable<br />

waist tabs and belt loops, thigh vents, articulated<br />

knees and an avalanche beacon clip in the right-hand<br />

pocket.<br />



RRP: $229.99 SPECS: These bottoms<br />

provide the greatest range comfort.<br />

Made from fine merino wool (from New<br />

Zealand and certified to the Responsible<br />

Wool Standard) blended with Capilene®<br />

recycled polyester the provide enhanced<br />

warmth balanced with improved wicking,<br />

durability and dry time.<br />




RRP: $399.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and<br />

waterproof rating. Built-in Recco avalanche<br />

system.<br />




RRP: $399.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and<br />

waterproof rating. Built-in Recco avalanche<br />

system.<br />




RRP: $399.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and<br />

waterproof rating. Built-in Recco avalanche<br />

system.<br />



PANT – NAVY<br />

RRP: $399.99 SPECS: 20k breathability and<br />

waterproof rating. Built-in Recco avalanche<br />

system.<br />



RRP:$219.99 SPECS: Lens darkens with teh sunlight.<br />

Also used by mountain bikers.<br />



RRP:$199.99 SPECS: Multiple magnetic anchors to<br />

change lens (Spare included).<br />



RRP:$189.99 SPECS: Injected lens, silicone wave,<br />

Italian anti-fog lens.<br />


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RRP:$189.99 SPECS: Injected lens, silicone<br />

wave, Italian anti-fog lens, dual lens pack<br />

included.<br />



RRP:$139.99 SPECS: Helmet compatible, over<br />

the glass.<br />


PRET//CYNIC X2<br />

RRP:$289.00 SPECS: MIPS. In Mold Shell, Low profile<br />

/ Light Weight. X-Static linner, Fidlock magnetic<br />

buckle, Audio ready.<br />



RRP: $179.99 SPECS: Keep your hands protected and<br />

comfortable on your adventures in the snow. Features<br />

include a GORE-TEX® insert for weather protection, toasty<br />

VerticalX ECO insulation, touchscreen compatibility and<br />

Arcade® elastic webbing for a great fit around your wrists.<br />



GLOVES<br />

RRP: $119.99 SPECS: Keep your hands protected and<br />

comfortable on your adventures in the snow. Features<br />

include vegan-leather that provides three times the abrasion<br />

resistance of and 40% better breathability than traditional<br />

leather, a Ventia insert for water and windproofness,<br />

VerticalX insulation for warmth and a touchscreencompatible<br />

index finger and thumb.<br />



RRP:$209.99 SPECS: If you’re gonna do it, do<br />

it properly. All the best materials without<br />

emptying your wallet.<br />




RRP: $299.00 SPECS: This lightweight sneaker<br />

styled, all in one insulated winter boot is designed<br />

to keep you warm and dry in cooler temps.<br />




RRP: $299.00 SPECS: This lightweight sneaker<br />

styled, all in one insulated winter boot is designed<br />

to keep you warm and dry in cooler temps.<br />





RRP: $299.00 SPECS: Style and warmth mixed into<br />

one insulated, comfortable lightweight winter boot<br />

that keeps you dry all winter long.<br />



RRP:$299.99 SPECS: The Anon Sync Goggles offer<br />

the terrain-defining clarity of PERCEIVE optics and<br />

the convenience of our M-Fusion magnetic latch<br />

system to secure and guide lenses into place.<br />



RRP:$349.99 SPECS: The anon m3 offers MAGNA-<br />

TECH® quick lens-change technology which uses<br />

powerful magnets to make lens changes easier<br />

than ever.<br />



RRP:$449.99 SPECS: The Anon M4 Goggles offer a<br />

precise helmet-to-goggle fit with the wide field of<br />

view and enhanced peripheral vision of either a<br />

toric or cylindrical lens.<br />


PRET//LYRIC X2<br />

RRP:$289.00 SPECS: Mips. In Mold Shell, Low profile<br />

/ Light Weight. X-Static liner, Fidlock magnetic<br />

buckle, Audio ready.<br />



RRP:$349.99 SPECS: The Anon Windham WaveCel<br />

Helmet pairs everyday hardshell durability with the<br />

advanced impact protection of WaveCel technology.<br />



RRP:$449.99 SPECS: The Anon Logan WaveCel<br />

helmet pairs 3D cellular protection with an in-mold<br />

construction featuring a lightweight shell with an<br />

EPS and WaveCel liner designed in a sleek, lowprofile<br />

style.<br />


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RRP:$179.99 SPECS: For unbeatable function and<br />

style look no further. Guaranteed to keep you dry.<br />



RRP: $139.99 SPECS: A minimalist glove built for backcountry<br />

touring, the Black Diamond Tour Glove provides premium<br />

leather construction and a time-tested design purpose-built<br />

for moving fast in the mountains.<br />


ALECK//006<br />

SPECS: Universal Wireless Helmet Audio &<br />

Communication Aleck 006 is the bluetooth<br />

drop-in system that puts your soundtrack into<br />

your snow helmet and keeps you connected<br />

to friends and family with easy, push-to-talk<br />

communication.<br />



RRP: $319.99 SPECS: More functional than ever,<br />

the Ascensionist Pack 35-litre is the ‘Goldilocks’ of<br />

alpine climbing packs – big enough to get you into<br />

the mountains, yet small enough to climb with. The<br />

dual spindrift closure allows the pack to expand<br />

or collapse, depending on the load, and internal<br />

hanging pocket keeps essentials organised and easily<br />

accessible.<br />



RRP:$179.99 SPECS: ZoneKnit is seamlessly<br />

mapped to the body’s contours, delivering<br />

targeted thermoregulation and comfort to areas<br />

that need it most. It features ventilation panels<br />

which provide breathability in just the right places<br />

to optimise freshness.<br />



RRP: Available as a package with selected<br />

HEAD <strong>Ski</strong>s SPECS: The all-new Protector<br />

binding raises safety to a new level.<br />

Equipped with our innovative Full Heel<br />

Release (FHR) technology, offering<br />

an intelligent 180° release of the heel<br />

horizontally and vertically, the binding<br />

can lower release values in forward<br />

and especially backward twisting falls,<br />

reducing the risk of injuries for both the<br />

knee and the lower leg.<br />



RRP: $399.95 SPECS: The Attack 14 GW<br />

binding is a tough, all-mountain binding<br />

for high performance from powder and<br />

piste to the park and beyond. The binding<br />

features the FR PRO 3 toe with guaranteed<br />

constant release values. Its versatile<br />

functionality makes it the ideal tool for<br />

every freeskier!<br />



RRP: $899.00 SPECS: The Adrenalin 14 MN is<br />

a revolution in freeski bindings, combining<br />

outstanding downhill performance with an<br />

ergonomic walking mechanism and climbing<br />

aid (0°/7°/13°) for short hikes, fun skiing and<br />

ultimate freedom.<br />



RRP:$699.95 SPECS: Intuituve, compact,<br />

3-antennae avalanche transceiver with<br />

intelligent life-saving detection. App<br />

compatible with iOS & Android.<br />




RRP:$799.95 SPECS: The world’s first ever<br />

avalanche transceiver with voice navigation.<br />

Talks with clear voice commands gaining<br />

life-saving seconds. App compatible with<br />

iOS & Android.<br />


SUNSAVER //24K<br />

RRP:$199.00 SPECS: Built tough for the<br />

outdoors with a massive 24,000mAh capacity<br />

to charge all your devices.<br />



RRP:$199.00 SPECS: Charge your phone and<br />

portable devices directly from the sun with<br />

14-Watts of solar power.<br />







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RRP: $89.99 euro / $149.99 NZD SPECS: SKIBALL is a small skiing accessory<br />

for easy transportation of your skis rolling and down stairs.Put on and take<br />

off in just 1 click: SKIBALL is detachable. Thanks to the magnet on the base<br />

you can remove it easily and quickly. SKIBALL is compatible with all types<br />

of skis and is suitable for all ages. SKIBALL is made with attention to the<br />

smallest details. It consists of 8 perfectly designed parts. Requires simple<br />

and quick installation on a ski and it is made of steel and polyurethane and<br />

thanks to its small dimensions you can keep it in your pocket.<br />


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