Tag Archives: skiing

Jossi Wells Is One Heck of a Thrillseeker

Jossi Wells Is One Heck of a Thrillseeker

“Given that his chosen profession provides ample thrills, as well as the very real possibility of serious injury, one would be forgiven for thinking that Olympic skier Jossi Wells, 26, is content…

Ohau We Love to Ski Here

Ohau We Love to Ski Here

The tiny Mackenzie High Country ski resort of Ohau has just one lift, but the snow in August and September is brilliant – and, if you pick your week, it can feel like your…

Backcountry Skiing in New Zealand

Backcountry Skiing in New Zealand

Did you know that “there’s more high alpine terrain in New Zealand than France, Italy and Switzerland combined?” “With its natural beauty, abundant peaks and adventurous culture, New Zealand, in particular, should rank high…

Ski New Zealand’s Secret Snowfields

Ski New Zealand’s Secret Snowfields

Scattered around the Canterbury-Southern Alps region are boutique ski fields, with few queues and uncontested slopes, just waiting to be explored. Perth Now offers ups some suggestions including Porters, Ohau and Mount Dobson. “There are…

Free Skiing The Remarkables – New Zealand

Free Skiing The Remarkables – New Zealand

Watch George Treble free skiing at The Remarkables in New Zealand in this 2 minute clip.

Meanwhile in…New Zealand – “Conversion”

Meanwhile in…New Zealand – “Conversion”

Watch 1 of 3 Air New Zealand web series “Meanwhile in…New Zealand”. In this episode, is about New Zealand’s love for rugby and skiing so Air NZ built some…

Winter Games NZ 2013 trailer

Winter Games NZ 2013 trailer

Watch the trailer for the snow sports competition of the year, the Winter Games NZ 2013. Set against the spectacular backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the Games…

Better Slopes Over Here

Better Slopes Over Here

New Zealanders and Australians share a “friendly” rivalry until it comes to the snow, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash for The Age in an article comparing the two country’s ski fields. “More than one-third of the…

Whakapapa a Cool Destination

Whakapapa a Cool Destination

Skiing down the side of active volcano Mt Ruapehu, the Herald Sun’s Sarah Nicholson is “getting to know the Whakapapa ski area… and keeping an eye out for a puff of smoke…

Podium Regular

Podium Regular

Classed as the world’s best freeskier, at just 19 Wanaka-born Jossi Wells has already jumped off more mountains and stood on more podiums than most other sportsmen of his age. Wells excels in slopestyle,…

Après-Ski in Queenstown

Après-Ski in Queenstown

While New Zealand towns generally don’t have a reputation as nightlife hubs, the South Island’s adventure capital, Queenstown is a vibrant exception according to The Australian’s Susan Kurosawa. “My visit is just before the…

Coronet Peak Effects

Coronet Peak Effects

“I’m at the base of New Zealand’s Coronet Peak,” The Sydney Morning Herald’s Marissa Calligeros writes. “I’m seeing and touching snow for the first time. I’m soon jumping up and down and grinning…

Woods’ Own Hill

Woods’ Own Hill

New Zealand entrepreneur Nick Wood, co-creator of internet service provider iHug, which sold for NZ$82 million in 23, is currently in the United States where he has purchased Teton Pass Ski Resort in Wyoming…

Fear the Cone

Fear the Cone

“The big daddy of New Zealand’s South Island fields has a reputation for being big, bad and nasty — in a good way,” Rachael Oakes-Ash writes for The Sydney Morning Herald. “Some whisper about…

Avalanche Highlight

Avalanche Highlight

The 8th Annual New Zealand Heli Challenge was recently held in Wanaka. The two-day Heli Challenge involves a “freestyle” day, while the other is reserved for “freeride” stylings. The highlights of the contest included…

Where the locals go

Where the locals go

“Sometimes in New Zealand the differences between us and them become much greater than a few murky vowel sounds and divided rugby and cricket loyalties,” The Australian’s Nicole Jeffery writes. Driving SUVs in snow…

Wacky Winter Stunts

Wacky Winter Stunts

Queenstown’s Winter Festival hits the southern town for the 35th year this June with an estimated 6, revellers expected to attend the week-long festivities. While there are big-ticket items — free concerts (Dragon headline…

Heart-stopping Gold

Heart-stopping Gold

Wanaka-based Adam Hall, 22, paralympian gold medallist alpine skier, never had any special treatment says his father dairy farmer Lindsay Hall upon Adam’s win in Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Games. “He never got…

Common Southern Goal

Common Southern Goal

Twizel pilot Kylie Wakelin, 36, is one of eight women skiing to the South Pole in a trek to mark the anniversary of the Commonwealth grouping of 53 former British colonies. Skiing six to…

Remarkable Wells

Remarkable Wells

Wanaka skier Jossi Wells, 19, won a silver at the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games at the Remarkables in Queenstown for the freeski slopestyle event. Wells has a big profile in the United…

Holiday With Gradient

Holiday With Gradient

At 2797m, Mt Ruapehu is the North Island’s highest peak with the largest area of patrolled skifield in the country on the Whakapapa side, and on the Turoa, Australasia’s longest vertical rise of 722m….

Bumper season nears

Bumper season nears

Queenstown is looking at its best ever season this year with record online bookings, cheap airfares and a weak New Zealand dollar promising a booming 2009. NZSki Ltd CEO James Coddington suggested that “the…

Snowed In

Snowed In

Some of New Zealand’s top ski spots are reviewed by worldwide online ski site On the Snow, including “the quirky ski field that is home to Burton’s The Stash, a natural terrain run with…

Where There is Snow

Where There is Snow

Mt Hutt has acquired three state-of-the-art snow-making snow groomers and new snowmaking compressors to help produce more snow and improve trails for the 2009 season, scheduled to open June 14. Ski area manager Dave…

Something for Everyone

Something for Everyone

The recent volcanic lahar at Mount Ruapehu has done nothing to put off eager skiers, from NZ or overseas. As a news.com.au article points out, visitors continued to ski and snowboard both during and immediately after the…

Godley’s Own Country

Godley’s Own Country

Godley Lake, NZ, features amongst the Observer‘s crème de la crème of international ski touring routes. “Described as a ‘Symphony on Skis’, this tour involves a traverse of the Southern Alps from east to west via some…

Captain Cloud

Captain Cloud

“Captain John Hercus used to be a banker. He used to be a skier. He jumped ship twice from the corporate world to return to his real passion. Sailing. He wandered, sometimes, lonely as a cloud….

Because It’s There

Because It’s There

Slovenian Davo Karnicar, the first person to ski down Everest, now plans to slalom Aoraki (Mt Cook).

They’re Playing Monopoly

They’re Playing Monopoly

There’s always been a strong connection between sailing and skiing, but listen to what FIS officials have to say about their situation: “The domination of the sport by the Austrians has become an increasing concern.”  At this…