HOW DID YOU GET INTO SNOW SPORTS?
I was born and raised at Mt Buller to snow loving parents who both skied at a high level. Mum for Australia and Dad one of the founders of the first ski school on the mountain. From 1 and half years of age I began my journey on snow which is still evolving today.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SNOWBOARDING/SKIING?
The feelings of freedom and serenity that the mountains offer. The exhilaration of speed and fun of doing it with close friends and family. Crazily enough the same things I first loved about the sport when I was introduced to it all those years ago.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BEST DAY ON THE MOUNTAIN
Recently in Hakuba Japan with some old team buddies, powder, Raman, corduroy and getting one of our old team members back on snow after a big injury 880 years ago. Closely followed by winning the British national championships in Courmayeur Italy which helped me qualify for the 1988 Calgary Olympics.
WHAT ARE YOUR SNOW ESSENTIALS?
My XTM Merino base layer, gloves and socks with some tricked up outerwear and a “need for speed”.
WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER ONE TIP FOR BEGINNERS?
Be prepared for the conditions, ie get appropriately dressed with gloves, beanie water proof outer wear and goggles. Get a beginners lesson (I used to teach and in 2 hours most people are able to ski or board on 30% of all the runs after that 2 hour lesson).
Getting prepared for the Snow Season is all about a basic level of fitness and leg strength, I surf a lot which takes care of the first one. For legs I like to ride (not as much as Senior Spike) which takes care of no 2.