By Stu Waddel
The Craigieburn Haute Route is in its fourth season and we recently completed a great trip from Craigieburn to Mt Olympus. I share our joys and hard work as a script of changing fortunes.
By Ben Hume.
On the contrary to Nick, I am still notably disorganised and have found myself in various situations I had not planned on being in this winter. However, if I am honest, while flying from the seat of my pants the skiing has only gotten better!
By Nick Pascoe.
As I age a bit the disorganised and impromptu ski trips of the uni days have transitioned to applying for leave weeks out from the date and locking in plans, but the skiing doesn’t change too much!
Chill contributor Ollie Hunt checked out the annual clubbies party ‘Ride the Vibe’ this week, and scored some epic snow this weekend, check out the highlights here:
MFC Syndicate, A group of local Canterbury Freeride skiers, ran a two day coaching session at Mount Olympus last year, this year they returned and held another - Chill contributor Ollie Hunt coached at both:
By Sam Masters
I didn’t like young people even when I was young. The gap between how young people think the world works and how it actually works explains why they are so ruthlessly exploited as unpaid interns, customer-service impact pads and cannon fodder.
By Oliver Hunt & Ben Hume.
Ollie and Ben are back writing for Chill in 2018. In this first feature for the season they make the most of a cracker start to the season in the Craigieburns.
By Anna Keeling.
A couple of years ago I was teaching a snow safety class at Mt Cheeseman. Constant snow flurries, low visibility and wind kept us inbounds on day one. On day two, after the upper Cheeseman slopes had been controlled and opened by a hardworking 3-member Ski Patrol, my group headed into Tarn basin.
By Cat Pattison.
We're stoked to have Nathan & Jodie Fa’avae exploring the ski areas with the Chill Pass this season. In this feature by Cat Pattison we hear about their adventure race, the Spring Challenge, an awesome event to do post-winter.
By Nick Pascoe.
The end of May brought with it a good fall of snow and some sustained low temperatures. The clubbies were still sitting idle for the season and Christchurch was breaking records for rain, fog, and just general gloominess.
By Anna Keeling, Images by Emilie Drinkwater and Anna Keeling.
Being a mum and owner/operator of a mountain guiding business means I’m all about other people’s missions. This is awesome but once in a while it’s good to shoot off on my own.
The rope tow is a lift system that can be a little tricky to master, once you do they’re a quick way skyward. With a few tips and a little perseverance you’ll soon be on your way, just remember, if you’re having trouble ask a local or a staff member.
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.
By Lachlan Humphreys / Clean Line Productions
Each year I head over to New Zealand from Australia to get my snow fix. There is something about New Zealand that continually draws me back and keeps me exploring.
By Emma Swaffield & Charlie Renzoni.
Hailing from Whistler, Emma and Charlie lived out of their Prado while touring around the Southern Alps for winter 2017 with a Chill Season Pass.
This is a great read for anyone considering a season at the unique club ski areas of New Zealand.
By Marian Krogh, Gabby Degagne and Nicole Mesman.
Close to two years ago we set out on a mission to go on a ski adventure with purpose. After a lot of research we settled on Kyrgyzstan as the destination.
Snowledge Ambassadors Riley Bathurst and Kenzie Morris shred the beautiful and bold mountains of New Zealand in this new edit, Hunt For The Powder People.
Anna Keeling writes: "such gregarious birds, but we need to remember that we are visiting their turf. If we want to be the only country in the world with an alpine parrot, we must take special care. . . ":
A solid crew of lady shredders from Canada and New Zealand is about to embark on a new kind of journey. A journey sparked by their common love of exploring the mountains on foot and the addiction of gliding down them with grace. The focus of their trip will be the Tien Shan Mountain Range in Kyrgyzstan - they look to its people, and its snow.
Words by Nicole Mesman
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.
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.
After being forced to take it slow by a head injury Nick Pascoe is back with a spring skiing story. Spending a lot of time resting he had lots of time to plan out some future adventures, read up on one of them taking place at Mt Potts featuring fellow Chiller Ben Hume.
Words and images by Nick Pascoe
Craig recently set off for an adventure into Cass Valley. Read up on his memorable days: Riding his bike and hiking, skis and gear strapped to his pack, on the hunt for some fresh snow and the warmth of a hut.
Words and images by Craig Murray
With the season coming to an end Ben and Ollie wrote up their spring skiing adventures, with much more snow than you would've expected at this time of year.
Words by Ollie Hunt and Ben Hume, Pictures by Nick Pascoe and 208 Media
In this Chill Feature Anna discusses the Advantages and Disadvantages of Tech and Frame Bindings. Read up on her personal preferences and her observations about fellow skiers.
by Anna Keeling
Ben and Ollie prove with their new feature that the season is far from over. Read up on some great spring skiing adventures, many comps and Ben scoring a second place (Congratulations!).
Words and images by Ben Hume and Ollie Hunt.
After scoring some of the best conditions all season for their last blog. Ollie and Ben experience weather fluctuations which give snow conditions significant variability and find fun in the mountains.
Words and images by Ben Hume and Ollie Hunt, Thanks Kenji Boekholt for the header photo
Read up on Nick's hunt for the pow this past weekend after being stuck at work the whole week dreaming about snowed in clubfields.
Words by Nick Pascoe, Pictures by Nick Pascoe, Ben Hume and Zaimon Sansom
Ollie and Ben play the waiting game during the longest dry spell of the season so far, eventually finding familiar ground in 50cm of fresh.
Words and images by Ollie Hunt and Ben Hume. Thanks for the header picture Tim Clark.
Read up on Nick's (mis-)adventures on the way to, around and at Fox Peak:
It takes a great trip for you to leave minus a broken vehicle and have already locked yourself into returning.
Words and Photos by Nick Pascoe
Rahana participated in our Chill Snow Safety Course in the Craigieburn Range this past weekend. In this feature she gives insight on what to expect, who the course is suitable for and also hears what the rest of the group has to say about this experience.
Rahana Jarvis 2nd of August 2017
Starting on the 21st of July at the Craigieburn Range Ollie Hunt and Ben Hume experience some epic riding at the clubbies as well as playing host to a successful coaching clinic at Mt Olympus following two weeks of stormy weather.
Photos by Ollie Hunt, Ben Hume, Nick Pascoe and Harry Seagar.
Rahana and Lea from Chill headed up to Fox Peak for their 2017 opening day. There they found uncrowded slopes, great snow and legendary hospitality. Keen to share the experience, here's a feature from the 2016 Chill Manual on the past, present and future of Fox Peak.
All images by Joe Harrison.
Chillers Oliver Hunt and Ben Hume are back with their second blog for the season.
After a massive snowstorm Ollie and Ben spend the season opening with their crew in the Craigieburn range. Read up on (and look at all the great shots of) an epic week in fresh and untouched snow.
Nick shares some thoughts on why we ski and keep coming back to our beloved clubfields every season.
Wondering what you’ve got yourself into is common on first arriving at a clubfield, but they’ll quickly grow on you until you can’t consider skiing anywhere else.
Here's the first write up from Chillers Oliver Hunt and Ben Hume. Ollie Hunt is back writing fortnightly blogs for another year, with a new companion, having lost Nick Pascoe to realms of employment (congratulations on the new gig at BVT!) Here is their first piece:
Battling to save our charismatic Kea. Images by Zach Clanton & Matt Goodman
New Zealand’s unique, curious and cheeky mountain parrots are in serious danger: the kea population is currently listed as Nationally Endangered, and declining. Chill Manual encourages skiers and snowboarders to get involved with the vital work the Kea Conservation Trust (KCT) is doing.
We caught up with some Chilled Chillers about where they're currently chilling and how they plan to chill this chilly winter. Meet Mel Parsons, Nick Pascoe, Rod Thomson and Craig Murray.
The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) is a national organisation who has been working for more than 50 years with a mandate to encourage safe participation in land-based outdoor activities.
Words and Images by Anna Keeling
On Tuesday July 18th Anna headed out with a small group into the Crystal Valley and made some significant observations on the snow pack there. In this story she shares her discoveries and some important reminders on avalanche safety with us.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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