HOW DID YOU GET INTO SNOW SPORTS?
My older brother introduced me to snowboarding when I was about 14 and I absolutely loved it! From there I went up to Mt Buller as often as I could with friends and family. When I started driving and I was at university most of my weekends off in winter I was trying to get back up to the mountain.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SNOWBOARDING/SKIING?
I love the culture that comes with snow sports and everybody who is around the sport is there to have fun and a good time. Regardless of it’s the local mountain or an overseas ski resort- everybody has a story about their “best run of the day” or that time they found fresh power.
It’s great to get out and about in winter when most people are bunkered down at home. Especially only being about 2 hours from Melbourne it is really close and makes for the great weekend away or short overnight trip.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BEST DAY ON THE MOUNTAIN
My best day on the mountain was last year when I went back to Whistler with two mates from High School. To be able to share that experience of a big snow day in Whistler with them was a memory that will stay with me for a long time.
We had 40cm of snow overnight and we’re one of the first people up the Whistler Peak chair. We decided to take the Peak to Creek trail which was the longest run in the mountain of 7.5kms. We were the only three people on the run.
WHAT ARE YOUR SNOW ESSENTIALS?
A good comfortable pair of boots! There is nothing worse than having a pair of boots that don’t fit property. It’s a great way to get blisters or cramp up during the day.
WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER ONE TIP FOR BEGINNERS?
If you are going to go up to the mountain more than once- either buy or borrow gets your own gear. It makes the trip easier when you don’t have to line up to hire the essentials and gives you more time on the mountain. If you can buy your lift ticket and gate pass online and arrange snow chains before the drive up it is defiantly worth the extra effort early on.