First Tracks with Mitchey Greig and Taylor Rapley

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Griffin and Greig – the giant slayers

New Zealand’s top men’s alpine ski racer Ben Griffin  is another step closer to next year’s Winter Olympics after winning gold in another FIS race last week.

Griffin of Ohakune won the men’s giant slalom at Treble Cone with a combined time of 1min 29.05sec – he’d already won the super G and slalom events earlier in the week.

Modest Mountain Scene columnist Mitchey Greig topped the podium in the women’s GS when she returned to her old discipline for the day. She didn’t tell us – only later admitting she was “surprised” with the result.

The top women’s skier-X athlete says she’s not planning to slip back into the old lycra suit any time soon.

Riding the net


Burton NZ Open fever hits cyberspace this week. Event organisers and action sports website GO211.com are streaming live event webcasts during the halfpipe and slopestyle semi-finals and finals. Slopestyle events will be live online tomorrow and the halfpipes stream on Saturday.

There’ll also be other interactive technologies such as live scoring, live standings, competition rankings and rider bios. Highlights and full webcasts will be available for on-demand viewing after the Open finishes on www.GO211.com.

Dangerous playground


For all the shredders who enjoy a wee whiff of backcountry in our sexy mountains up there, we’d just like to say please be aware of the avalanche danger that hides itself off-piste. It can decide to poo its pants the moment anyone drops a line or two – so be careful.

Avalanche danger hasn’t been this high since 1991.

It’s everyone’s playground out there but the only king of the castle is the snow, not you.

We can’t stress enough the importance of carrying a transceiver, probe, shovel, first-aid kit and a support crew whilst enjoying the thrill of laying it over out of bounds.

Take half an hour to check out www.avalanche.net.nz and think twice before risking lives.

Gay ol’ time


For all you big, bad, gay daisies out there, Gay Ski Week begins on August 29 … whoorahh!

Get in the nuddy like this dude (right) or don’t.

Either way, Queenstown would just love to see you gorgeous gays having a gay old time at Gay Ski Week – there are the usual favourites such as Dash for Cash and Big Gay Out, as well as big nights out like the Cowboy Dinner, complete with a naughtily named, cowboy-themed drink on arrival.

Festivities continue till September 6.

What’s doing this week

Aug 14-15: Burton NZ Open at Cardrona
Aug 14: NZ Freeski Open  – Big Mountain at Treble Cone
Sat, Aug 15: Slopestyle Series  – Event No 2 at The Remarkables
Aug 17-19: NZ Freeski Open – Halfpipe and Slopestyle at Cardrona
Aug 19-22: Southern Cup Japanese FIS – GS and SL at Coronet Peak
Aug 21-30: Winter Games