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R U S U T S U J A PA N ’ S B E S T K E P T S E C R E T In Niseko you can pretend you’re in a ver y cold Australia; nearby Rusutsu resor t offers vir tually deser ted epic tree runs. Statistically, Rusutsu is per fect. With 30 per cent of its terrain suitable for beginners, 40 per cent for intermediates and 30 per cent for those who reckon they know just what they’re doing, Rusutsu is Hokkaido’s quiet achiever. One of the best surprises for those venturing onto Rusutsu’s acclaimed off-
piste ter rain is ending up in a field or Theme Park at the bottom of a run. In a region renowned for its powder, getting car ried away is just par t of the fun, so farmers are accustomed to skiers and boarders asking for directions back to the resor t. Rusutsu’s spectacular scener y and long, wide groomed runs on undulating slopes are reminiscent of some of the best in Colorado. The resor t is only a 40 -minute drive from Niseko along backroads
bet ween fields that in the summer produce a large propor tion of Japan’s food crops. At 950 metres above sea level, Rusutsu is a couple of hundred metres below Niseko’s 1150 metres but the advantages include the trees at the mountain-top that protect the runs and help skiers maintain visibility. Rusutsu’s three gondolas and seven quad-chairs access 37 trails for more than 42 kilometres of downhill riding. With no waiting in lift lines, this means
a lot of powder on any given day. Three areas - West Mountain, East Mountain and the highest, Mount Isola - are connected by gondola and a monorail runs bet ween the resor t’s t wo main hotels. A roller coaster in the middle of town operates only in summer but there are enough thrills to be found on the slopes even dog sledding. Given Niseko’s established Australian flavour, it is easy to understand
why many of us have not heard much about Rusutsu. Then again, those already in the know may want to keep it to themselves. WORDS LAUREN DELLA MARTA
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The Dew Tour held in Breckenridge, Colorado in December and Januar y was the first qualifying event for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Freeski halfpipe, freeski slopestyle and snowboard are the new events for next year. Normally reser ving his lens attention for only the best of the guys - Michael Sklar’s photos generate thousands of hits on the online skiing community newschoolers.com - Sklar has been keeping an eye open on women’s skiing for us to goggle over. It’s not often you get to see plaits flying in mid air.
TOP ROZ GROENEWOUD (CAN) THIRD PLACE FREESKI SUPERPIPE LEFT MADDIE BOWMAN (USA) FIRST PLACE FREESKI SUPERPIPE RIGHT DARA HOWEL (CAN) SIXTH PLACE FREESKI SLOPESTYLE
NIGHT RIDER Sleep. Who needs it? Some local Aussie riders have been practicing in the dead of the night. We do not recommend tr ying this unless you have Bear Grills like stamina for the cold and have made ver y good friends with some groomers - as rewarding as it can be, hiking is always a bitch.
TOP MICHAELA DAVIS MEEHAN (AUS) PHOTO TIM LLOYD BRECKENRIDGE COLORADO, USA BOTTOM AMBER ARAZNY PHOTO ANDY LLYOD PERISHER, AUSTRALIA
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Once upon a time, if you skied - you were a looser. Snowboarding had all the steeze. But skiiers have since soaked up some street smar ts. They have dropped the gaper vests and imitated boarders baggy pants and XXXL shir ts to the tee (tall ones at that). Fashion aside, freeskiiers are bouncing off each other with an approach that skaters have lived by for decades which is that once you begin to view your environment as a playground, the possibilties are infinite.
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SKIIER: LAUREN TEE (USA) WAREHOUSE IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA 25
BEANIE BABIES BABES Rachael Smokes Hash Oaks-Ash, better known as the SMH blogger Miss Snow It All has written a fashion book called Beanie Babes. All giddy by the prospect of her witty narration by our favourite winter accessor y, we got Rachael to give us a sneak preview of this seasons cosiest knitts. The book itself hits the shelves on Friday, August 23 - you can grab a copy when it launches at The White Horse Hotel in Sur r y Hills, Sydney at 6pm.
ENTWINED BEANIE INDIGO $39.99 AUD Element elementbrand.com
HUTCH BEANIE $25 USD Elm Company elmcompany.com
RAWR Beanie $26 USD Holden holdenouter wear.com
Granny knitts and pom poms have made a huge comeback ever since tea cosies were dubbed cool once again.
A classic must have with an optional cuff because let’s face it, only some head shapes can pull off the sexy fisherman look.
I’m going, going, back back to Cali, Cali! You’re not going to see a bear in Aus so this is the closest you will get to a bear hug.
OUT OF BOUNDS DOING IT WRONG SINCE 1990 (when that muppet wat born)
PHOTO: LAUREN DELLA MARTA SKIIER: SANDY ROWLANDS (AUS) Going out of bounds does not respect the Alpine Resposibilit y Code. But neither does puking off the side of a chairlift the day after pay day. Where do we draw the line? If youâ€™re going to do it (for legal reasons we cannot endorse this behaviour) you have to do it right. Next time you want to risk losing your season pass by ducking the ropes for those gloriously sweet freshies remember what we told you.. .............................................................................................................. abosolutely nothing.