PANTS ski team makes a debut

By kaydo at 7:46 pm on Sunday, July 1, 2007


Seriously, the photo above is of the word “PANTS” written in snow. Pretty poorly done, but it’s the thought that counts right? A few of us made the trip up to Perisher for a season kick off and to brush up on skills before the first hardcore full day. It was damn hot, sunny and fun. The focus for the day was on speed, and with the aid of GPS we learnt:

  • 5km/hr – Speed I walk. It’s slow, but it puts stuff in perspective.
  • 8.8km/hr – Maximum speed reached on the Mitchell t-bar on Front Valley.
  • 14.4km/hr – Maximum speed reached on the Village-8 chair on Front Valley. Disturbingly, it speeds up to this just before you get off.
  • 29.4km/hr – Fastest I could ski down front valley. The rest of the day was pure frustration as I tried to crack 30.
  • 30km/hr – Average speed un unnamed individual claims to walk downhill, after discussing my max speed.

Speed reports should now also figure heavily in future adventure reports. We have the technology.

Get ready for a barrage of snow related posts for the next two months. Yet to be scheduled:

  • Our first full snow day – Proposed for Perisher the weekend of July 7th/8th. Weather (i.e. SUN) and Snow permitting
  • Night skiing – It’s on. It’s just a matter of when. Keep an eye out.
  • Night Groomer rides – Perisher now offer hour-long rides on the snow groomers on Front Valley. They move at some pretty extraordinary angles, and it’s the perfect lead in for an evening night skiing. Again, yet to be scheduled.

Any other snow suggestions?

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winterlude in canberra

By kaydo at 8:50 pm on Monday, June 4, 2007

It’s been a bit quiet around these parts of late. I’ve been absent from the twosixonefive – what’s your excuse?

Anyway, with June we welcome a stupid number of winter-themed posts and activities. You have been warned.

Upcoming coolness* is primarily around three activities:

  • Friday 8th June – RailJam outside Adrenalin Sports in Braddon. The JoinPANTS crew attended last year and it rocked. There’s a crazy ramp, lots of ice, lots of skills and stunts on display, lots of injury and, if last year is anything to go by, antics in underwear. We’ll rock up for the event and head to Civic Pub after the event.
  • Saturday 9th June – Opening of the ski season. Normally this can go by unnoticed, but this year there is SNOW. Season 2006 proves we cannot take this for granted, so a quick dash might be required over the long weekend.
  • Constantly – Ice Hockey – the Canberra Knights are still going strong. It’s a great winter activity, particularly when the outdoor temperature is a bit closer to that inside, less shock.
  • July (yes, the whole month) – Winter in the capital. The ACT govt loves you after all! They’re planning on re-using the vast expanse of bitumen left by the Cirque de Soliel crew for something other than futsal and will see my personal dream realised. It’ll be crazy cold, but we’ll get the chance to embrace it with Ice Skating, Snow ball wars and night markets. Stay tuned for the highlights.

* and puns aplenty

Also, its fireworks weekend. Have you got yours?

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By kaydo at 8:42 pm on Friday, July 7, 2006
Halfway between Christchurch and nowhere

New Zealand ski trip. More details to come.

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Rail Jam

By lukeo at 7:01 pm on Friday, June 9, 2006


19:00 Friday 09/06: Adrenalin Sports in Braddon is having a rail jam in their car park. Free event.

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