The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Northern Hemisphere Ski Holidays - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

FRESH from a bone-jan­gling morn­ing ex­plor­ing Whistler Black­comb’s cor­duroy slopes, my snow­mo­bile ride through vir­gin back coun­try is ideal for round­ing off a per­fect day. With a be­gin­ner’s course be­hind me, I turn up the pace. Is my ex­hil­a­ra­tion zoom­ing through old-growth Cana­dian for­est more about pris­tine moun­tain views or the sheer re­lief of fi­nally be­ing able to take a seat and rest my weary legs? Ei­ther way, the ex­pe­ri­ence is mem­o­rable. A three-hour les­son and tour, in­clud­ing a stop for hot chocolate and bar­be­cue at Trap­per’s Cabin, is $170 a per­son. More: whistler­out­fit­ snow­mo­bil­ing. ARM­CHAIR TRAV­ELLER Air Crash In­ves­ti­ga­tion: Not the ideal show to watch be­fore fly­ing off on hol­i­day, but a peren­nial favourite for planespot­ters who want to know the forensic when, where and how of avi­a­tion mishaps and dis­as­ters. For the true avi­a­tion anoraks, a sec­ond 60-minute episode fol­lows at 8.30pm. To­day, 7.30pm, Seven Mate. Rick Stein’s Far East­ern Odyssey: The world’s favourite fish fancier is in Sri Lanka (string hop­pers, cashew-nut curry and chilli crab) and Bali (cer­e­mo­nial roast pork and seafood galore); it’s a re­peat but still feels fresh and his recipes are de­li­ciously achiev­able. Sun­day, 8.30pm, Life­Style Food.

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