First Tracks


with Mitchey Greig and Taylor Rapley

Welcome to winter

Yes, it’s time – for all you ski bums, office workers and general Joe Bloggs to dust off the boots, pull out your retro gears and get your butts off the couch. Why? Because winter is just made for all you lovelies and that white stuff is just waiting to be slayed.

Coronet has opened and welcomes all sizes, shapes, forms, genders, races and nations – in fact it wouldn’t surprise us if Postman Pat turned up – with his black and white cat – in this year’s Winter Festival.

Spot the turkey

If you happen to see a Coronet Peak liftie – male, kinda tall, British-y/Welsh-y/Irish-y – with a turkey on his head as a means of staying warm, interrogation and harassment will not be frowned upon. Help this man – who looks something like this feathered friend.

We be jammin’

Best sounds in your ears whilst making a skiing time – suggested by the ski bottom population 2009 are, in no particular order:

  • Shape Shifter: Bring Change
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Can’t Stop
  • Citizen Cope: Bullet & A Target
  • John Butler Trio: Zebra
  • De la Soul: The Grind Date
  • Groove Armada: Super Stylin’
  • Kings of Leon: Be Somebody
  • Timberland: Oh Timberland
  • Will.I.Am: Colors
  • Bonobo: Flutter

Dates to diary

  • Not long till Winterfest … ready for a week of excitement, fun, games and laughter? Although it’s not summer, it might be time to bust out those Speedos one last time for the Splash & Dash at Earnslaw Park on June 28.
  • The Gypsy Mountain Pickers are coming to town – Chico’s, June 30 and July 1. Real-life gypsies … picking. Not to be missed, y’hear.
  • Put a team together and train a wee bit for the North Face Peak to Peak on Saturday, July 25. Ski Remarkables to downhill mountain bike to kayak to run to cycle – up Coronet Peak.

Save those pennies for the lift ticket

Feeling cold but can’t afford to pay the power bill because you blew your last $20 on booze last weekend? Here are 10 tips on how to keep warm on a tight budget this winter

  1. Use your oven as a heater – works like a charm, tested and proven by scarfies all over the world
  2. Use any means to stop the draught flowing through gaps in the house. Options include ratty old hoodies you’ll never be seen wearing in public, bubble wrap, last year’s FHM mags.
  3. Take your hard-earned 10 bucks straight to the Sallies, it’ll be enough to fill the wardrobe with some prime retro gears and your money will go to a worthwhile cause – the Salvation Army food bank
  4. Keep the body stocked up on nutrients … raid the food bank
  5. If the food bank fails and the plastic turns you down at Ferg … buy a sack of rice … should last a while
  6. You lose all your heat out of your head and feet so pile on the woollens, a bit of colour never hurt anyone even if they are nana knits
  7. After the house burns down from leaving the oven on for central heating, best advice is learn how to build a snow cave – benefits include no transport costs to the mountain as the lift will be on your doorstep
  8. If all else fails, we hear the public loos now have underfloor heating
  9. If you happen to get the fever from experiencing what Queenstown has to offer, be sure to include high temperatures as a symptom as any heat is good heat … right?
  10. Last but not least, exercise keeps you warm so get out there and ski to your heart’s content.