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COURSE: CHILL SNOW SAFETY


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Chill is proud to offer intensive hands-on avalanche awareness courses. They are specifically designed to improve the skills of skiers and riders who may be venturing into the backcountry from any of the South Island’s ski fields.

TOUR: THE CRAIGIEBURN HAUTE ROUTE


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Chamonix has the big famous tour with telepheriques, gondolas and lodges. Broken River has a funicular railway designed by an engineer club member! Assisted by a professional mountain guide, the tour starts at Craigieburn ski area and travels over the mountain peaks to Mt Olympus. The Craigieburns serve up a great tour between ski areas. You’ll see the entire range and link basins between ski areas - with riding on all aspects.

METHVEN HELISKI


Methven Heliski – World-class Heliskiing in Canterbury’s Heartland.

ADVENTURE STORY: CHILL SNOW SAFETY COURSE


Words & Images by Mark Bridgwater

Migrating from the relative safety of the patrolled ski area and into the back-country is a natural progression for anyone who skis the clubbies.

ADVENTURE STORY: EARLY SEASON SNOW HUNT


By Mark Bridgwater, Images Mark Bridgwater.

Many try to speculate about upcoming seasons, some get it right, some get it wrong, yet nearly always there’s a positive outlook.

ADVENTURE STORY: HIDDEN GEMS


By Sam Masters

Time is your most precious resource… It can’t be bought, sold, rented or financed. Seconds count during that portion of your life lived in good health and good humour.

ADVENTURE STORY: HAUTE ROUTE CRAIGIEBURN RANGE


By Anna Keeling, Images Stu Waddel

Stu Waddel (Chill Adventures) and I, had long considered a route from Craigieburn to Olympus - or Porters for the fearsomely fit - as a brilliant alpine journey. We’d use dinner, bed and breakfast options provided by club fields and ski the many bowls between areas.

ADVENTURE STORY: FOOTSTEPS ON SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND


By Tom MacTavish, Images by Rob Stimpson & Tom MacTavish

In October 2015, Tom MacTavish took part in the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expedition, to traverse South Georgia Island. The expedition marked the centenary of Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition (1914-1917) and is part of the Trust’s intention to inspire youth to explore and share their experiences with others.

ADVENTURE STORY: GEORGIA: PARADOXES & PARODIES


By Neil Williman and Fabian Lentsh, Images by Simon Huber

Neil Williman and Fabian Lentsch have embarked on a snow-bound mission, in their purpose-built Snowmads ‘home’ truck. They started in Austria, and are filming and documenting their travels. Neil caught Chill Manual up with their Georgia heli-mission:

ADVENTURE STORY: SYMPHONY ON SKIS


By Axel Reiser, Images by Carla Braun-Elwert

‘A ski traverse is like a well composed piece of music. It flows with harmony, surprises with the unexpected. It engages all your emotions and the melody lingers in your mind afterwards. Good music needs players who are masters of their instruments.’

Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, after completing the first ‘Symphony on Skis’, 1985.

ADVENTURE STORY: RIDDLE OF THE BACKCOUNTRY


By Sam Masters, Images by Mark Bridgwater

Lots of people talk about freedom. Others try to protect it with legislation, diplomacy or war. Backcountry skiers and snowboarders get to live it: experiencing total immersion in freedom’s joy and consequences.

ADVENTURE STORY: SNOWPOCALYPSE


Words and images by Margot Bohanon & Ben Savill

‘Snowpocalypse’ was shutting down Kamloops in British Columbia, as we drove north to Blue River for a ski touring trip into Snowy Mountain Lodge. Driving snow, low visibility and possessed truckies throwing rooster tails of snow and grit, made navigation even more exciting