First Tracks with Mitchey Greig and Taylor Rapley

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Flying Tomato

Snowboarders nationwide were practically wetting themselves last week with the
presence of US snowboarding and skateboarding legend  Shaun “The Flying Tomato” White  on the slopes at Cardrona. Every year there’s rumours that White, 22, one of the highest-paid action sports athletes in the world, will show his ginger locks at the Burton NZ Open – and this year he delivered, winning the men’s halfpipe finals last Saturday. Not only that, he made history by successfully executing back-to-back double cork 1080s. We’re not worthy…

Move over lads, girls coming through


Move over boys – girls will be out in force tomorrow at the Oakley Chicks’ Day Out. The third annual event is an opportunity for Kiwi ski and snowboarding girls to get personal coaching from three of Oakley’s best international women athletes. United States’ Gretchen Bleiler and Kristi Leskinen and Germany’s Silvia Mittermuller will show 15 invited Kiwi girls their stuff during a “Snowcat adventure” on the Old Man Range near Alexandra. They’ll then get to hang out at the “Oakley House” in Queenstown for an après ski evening.

Embrace the cold

Get your thermals, lycra and running shoes ready and sign up for this year’s Winter Triathlon. Entries close tomorrow for the event, held at Snow Farm on August 29. This year’s race doubles as the Tri NZ Winter Triathlon National Championships and a Winter Games demonstration sport. Run 7km, bike 12km and cross-country ski – all on hard-packed groomed snow. First man and woman across the finish line get $1500 each.

Movie stars

A handful of the world’s best free­skiers got to unwind from the pressure of competition in an exclusive “expression session” last Monday. Top finishers of the NZ Freeski Open Big Mountain event – including Kiwis Sam Smoothy, Tom Dunbar and Janina Kuzma – were whisked away by helicopter to backcountry terrain in the Southern Lakes for a film and photo shoot.

Help our athletes

A national snow sports support group holds a fundraiser for Kiwi Winter
Olympics hopefuls on Saturday night. The Snowvision Foundation’s Black on Track evening will announce a new scholarship programme to help athletes aim towards Vancouver next year. The après ski evening will be held at the Dalefield home of Lady Tait, a Snow­vision Foundation patron. Tickets are $75.

Mitchey Greig (ski cross) and Taylor Rapley (ski racing) are NZ skiing reps.
Mitchey (mitchey.com) is sponsored by Head, Pulse Fitness, Scott, The North Face, Coronet Peak and Outside Sports. Taylor is sponsored by Volkl, Under Armour, POC, Pulse Fitness, Outside Sports and Coronet Peak