First Tracks with Mitchey Greig and Taylor Rapley


Snow sensation

Invercargill’s Laurel May gets a feel for the sit-ski with instructor Mari Gleeson at The Remarkables’ adaptive programme open day last Saturday.

Laurel was one of 17 people who took advantage of the free lift pass, equipment rental, lesson and volunteer support.

The number of future snow sports enthusiasts who went along were more than double last year’s open day.

The Remarkables has an extensive adaptive programme with specially trained instructors to cater to any disability.

Guts and glory

Snowboarders of all ages will be chasing glory at the annual Quest Banked Slalom at Coronet Peak on Saturday.

Riders get two runs through the course and their better time counts. Best overall times in the junior men’s and women’s and senior men’s and women’s categories will be judged winners – their names will be put down in copper and then mounted on the “legendary trophy”.

Flying bones

Ski racers over 30 who’ve still got the moves – and their joints intact – will be hurtling down Cardrona slopes over the next couple of days.

The Dynastar Ski Masters starts today and finishes on Saturday. This event, incorporating super G, giant slalom and slalom, has been hosted at Cardies for more than 20 years.

It finishes up with a fancy cocktail party and banquet.

Young talent

Calling little groms – registration’s just opened for the junior freeski and snowboard national champs and places are filling up fast.

There are 500 places for the event, which is viewed as a chance for the best young skiers and riders in the country to get noticed.

Snow Sports NZ spokeswoman Kristy Quin says registration’s already “close to capacity”.

The comp is held at Cardrona from September 29-October 4.

Plods on planks

The boys in blue will be throwing down their sickest moves in the Blue Hogs New Zealand Police Championships at Cardrona next week.

The annual snowboarding competition on Thursday will put cops to the test over the boarder-cross course and the halfpipe. For actively employed NZ cops only.

Ice-burn diary

It’s been a successful few weeks up at Coronet Peak, with the race crew managing to pull off eight top FIS races – even if it did mean a bunch of them pouncing on the netting as it was being blown off the hill in gale-force winds.

Probably the best cuddles they’ve had in a while – good work, nothing wrong with a bit of ice burn.

Games good guys

What a crew, all those volunteers helping out at the Winter Games. It was totally fab to see everyone pulling finger and out there – smiles or no smiles in tough conditions, but they were there, so big ups.

Let’s just hope next time the sun gods shine and we can enjoy some of the backdrops.

I hope a few of you younger guys saw some crazy stuff you wanna try out – it fuels the mind. 

Spring specials

You know winter’s nearly over when the skifields and airlines try to entice punters to Queenstown slopes with a raft of spring deals.

NZSki’s targeting families to come and ski Coronet Peak or The Remarkables for $76 per person per day – accommodation included.

And the company’s putting on a local skiing and golfing package from $125 per person per day.

Budget airline Jetstar is also selling flights from Christchurch to Queenstown for $39 one way – plus lift passes for $39 – till skifields close next month. If only these prices were available all year round.