First Tracks with Mitchey Greig and Taylor Rapley


It’s going on downtown

It’s that time of year again when the mountain comes to town in the seventh annual Export 33 Parklife Invitational Rail Jam. Thirty invited skiers and riders – including local Matt Johnson (pictured) – will battle it out on a purpose-built stair feature set up in Earnslaw Park tomorrow night.

Snow will be trucked in from the Remarkables for the event and a huge crowd is expected to watch the big guns throw down the moves – to the tunes of Sunshine Sound System and P Diggs playing nearby. The action kicks off at 6pm – remember to rug up.

Start your engines

Well, the race season has finally kicked off with a bang, with the first giant slalom ski race at Cardrona last Monday. All those spandex lovers sucked it in and slipped on their tight suits to race it out. Pictured in all their lycra glory are Jamie Prebble and Angus Howden before their second run.

I’m a lumberjack…

NZSki staff are getting crazy with costumes as they continue their dodgeball tournament.

We’ve heard they’re going all-out – there are transsexual lumberjacks, ninjas, cross-dressing English tea party­goers, Victoria’s Secret models, super­heroes, hip-hop dancers and one team is even called Bin Laden’s Ball Bags.

Even management are getting involved but apparently their costumes are more subdued. Staff have got good reason to go crazy – prizes are given for best-dressed each week and there’s an overall prize for the winning team. The six-week comp is about halfway through – it’s held at the Events Centre each Wednesday night.

Freeski frenzy

Hardcore skiers will be out in force next week with the start of this year’s NZ Freeski Open.

The fifth annual Open, kicking off on Tuesday, covers slopestyle and halfpipe – held at Cardrona – and big mountain, held at Treble Cone and The Remarkables.

The event attracts some of the world’s biggest names in skiing, and from this year the comp is officially recognised on the international Freeski World Tour alongside the biggest global freeski events.

Among the celebs are some of NZ’s finest – Jossi and Byron Wells, Janina Kuzma, Sam Smoothy and Geoff Small. The action winds up on August 20.

Marvellous night for a moon dance

Skier-cross extremist Sarah Sauvey is a regular on the podium but a mooning experience recently in (the aptly named) Horni Misecky ski resort in the Czech Republic by a random guy was definitely a first for her.

Sauvey’s the first of many athletes to arrive in New Zealand to prepare for the Winter Games – and she’ll launch herself off anything she can find.

She’s skiing for United Kingdom loud and proud and you’ll see her rocking around in flawless red disco ski pants. I don’t think she realises the 1980s are over…