LITTLE BLACK BOOK
SCOTT Kneller, from Jindabyne, NSW, is studying at the University of NSWwhile training for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He competes on the World Cup Ski Cross circuit and was placed seventh in this event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Scott is ski ambassador for Thredbo. More: scottkneller.com. Desperate to get back to: Mammoth Mountain, California, for ridiculous amounts of snow and gorgeous weather. Must visit: Grindelwald, Switzerland, during the spring. When the weather is grey, take a ride up the gondola and there, above the clouds, you can enjoy a DEALS OF THE WEEK Haute cuisine: Mt Hutt, near Christchurch, holds Dinner with the Stars every Saturday during the July-September ski season, featuring celebrity guest chefs and local produce; from $NZ95 ($72) an adult. The venue is Huber’s Hutt restaurant and featured evening activities include skidoo rides. More: +64 3 302 8811; nzski.com. perfect day skiing in the sun. Perfect place for indulgence: Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii, for a sunny getaway. Stand-out afternoon tea experience: Nothing beats a honey bee smoothie from Melonhead juice bar, Drive deal: Europcar’s five-day New Zealand rental package includes free snow-chain and roof rack hire, 24-hour roadside assistance, unlimited kilometres, snow cover, 15 per cent off equipment and lessons, and 10 per cent off lift passes for Mt Hutt, the Remarkables and Coronet Peak. From $309.50. More: europcar.co.nz. Coogee Beach, Sydney, on a summer’s afternoon. Inviting culinary destination: Kaptans Restaurant at the Hotel Pension Grimus, Mt Buller, where the steak is the best I’ve had. Inspirational travel narrative: Born to Run (A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen) by Christopher McDougall. Distinctive hotel: The Blumlisalp Hotel-Restaurant, a little family-run boutique hotel in Thun, Switzerland, with its incredible view of the Eiger. Best-spent travel dollars: Travel insurance. It’s a must, particularly for skiers. South Island calling: Book by June 30 for an eight-day NZ group ski tour departing August 12; from $1899 a person twinshare, including Jetstar return airfares to Queenstown from the Gold Coast, accommodation at Rydges Lakeland Queenstown, airport and mountain transfers, daily breakfasts and lift passes. More: 1300 019 133.