ONCE again the northern winter saw some great results from Australia’s snow sports athletes and many were saluted at the annual Ski & Snowboard Australia Awards in May.
Matt Graham took out the 2016 Ski and Snowboard Australia Athlete of the Year award after an outstanding season which saw him finish second overall in the season’s Moguls World Cup. His season highlight at Deer Valley, Utah was his first World Cup Gold medal.
Graham took the top award from Aerials athlete Danielle Scott, who had a very successful season to also finish second overall in the World Cup, and Snowboard Cross athlete Belle Brockhoff, who won her first Gold medal at the final World Cup event of the season and finished ranked third overall.
Alpine Skier Mitch Gourley was named Para-Snowsports Athlete of the Year after an outstanding season that saw him achieve nine World Cup podium finishes and third on the World Cup standings overall.
In addition the Snowboard Cross team took home three World Cup Gold medals, as well as three silver and one bronze. Three different Australian Snowboard Cross athletes won at World Cup and X-Games, with Aussie athletes taking home gold in the Men’s and Women’s event at the same World Cup event for the first time.
With less than two years to the next Olympic Winter Games, Australia is wonderfully placed to match the multi-medal performance of previous campaigns. Read more on the awards in this issue.
Besides competition updates and race calendars, readers can enjoy regular features including the resort guide, terrain park guide, equipment overview, alpine property, cross country and interschools round-up.
Our Overseas Ski Feature covers the best options if you are planning a ski trip to Canada, Japan or Italy.
As we go to print, south eastern Australia has experienced snow falls on higher peaks. All is in readiness for a great snow season so why not make the most of it and book your ski trip now.
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