Here comes the Pow

After a couple of dismal snow events we finally got something decent. To be fair, it was better than decent. Even though it turned out to be the only solid powder day of the season for me the conditions were unbelievable. Its not very often that we get a decent snow fall, good stability, and little wind down here but this day sure delivered.

Visiting Canadian Mike “Pow” Wigley got in touch through the magic of the Interwebz and i went and picked him up with the promise of some excellent conditions. We met Todd and Brad in the lower car park and headed up to the Remarkables ski area.

After a quick blast over the top of Curvey basin and on to Jackel col we were sliding down the upper wye creek slopes towards a zone we call The Rifle Range. I had never seen decent snow on the zone i wanted to check out but the Wind direction of the storm suggested possible good snow, the topography wasn’t mellow, but not to steep to worry about slides too much. I had heard it was heli skied when the conditions were good which was always a bonus.

Heading towards the Rifle Range and over into the Doolans

Heading towards the Rifle Range and over into the Doolans

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Winter and Spring 2014: A Thousand Little Things

Fellow New Zealander splitboarder Ryan Nicol has spent some time on an epic looking photo essay of his 2014 Winter season in the Canterbury area of New Zealand’s South Island. For those who haven’t met Ryan before he is arguably the biggest contender for being a chamois in a previous life.

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As each year passes and we get older, the reasons for doing things change and evolve. The drive behind an idea morphs and the subtle, smaller background things slowly move to the fore taking on more meaning. The time taken to appreciate each moment spent in the mountains becomes as important as the initial reason why we decide to venture there in the first place. The initial purpose of exploring new places with a snowboard slowly evolves into something much more and suddenly only becomes a small part of the reason in which we choose to spend endless weekends and annual leave chasing the never ending snow covered mountain dream. No longer is there just one thing that keeps pulling us back but a thousand little things along the way that when combined, create an unparalleled experience.

The thousand little things that form a mountain experience for one person will…

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