Katie Deans from Queenstown sent us this:
As a NZski.com pass applicant I received a free copy of Ski and Snow magazine. I was thrilled to open the editor’s page and read your blurb. I skied with Doug Coombs in the World Powder 8’s (twice) in NZ and Alaska. He was one of those humble yet fantastically equipped people. His love of skiing was contagious. Your angle was totally appropriate. I also enjoyed your article on Russell Thomson. His technical knowledge and skill of skiing is exceptional. His enthusiasm and input into generations of NZ skiers continues his legacy. So thanks for a great mag! Thanks Katie for the kind words. Your thoughts on Doug Coombs has emphasized what a great guy he was. I never met him personally but everything I’ve been told and read has been golden. To think, he just caught an edge literally gives me the willies…just a reminder to everyone; even the most well prepared freeskier/ mountaineer can be caught out by mother nature. You also bring up Russell Thomson; it’s true, his enthusiasm and input has rubbed off on so many of us kiwi skiers. A lot of us remember Russell from his hay day when he was the technical director of the New Zealand Ski and Instructors Alliance. His views on the technical aspects of skiing, I believe back then, were well up with the play. I’ve heard a few instructors recently question what he was promoting back then, knowing Russell, he’s always known that the technical aspects of skiing are continually evolving. But what seriously cracks me up about the man is how the hell does he keep that cheesy grin pasted on his face when skiing in photo shoots? Is he just that comfortable when leaving fresh back-country lines? Speaking of fresh lines, what a snow season it’s turned out to be. I just heard Ruapehu received another 20cm last night… not a rare occurrence this year!!!! On another note, we are seeing a huge amount of growth in people wanting to embrace everything around life on and around the snow filled mountains. You spend 7 hours skiing/ snowboarding and 17 hours in resorts; enjoying the fireside, the wines and the hearty meals during the retelling of tales. This is the essence of what is called ‘Apres Ski’. We are excited about bringing you an all NEW section called ‘NZ Alpine Apres Style’ highlighting Kiwi Culture around the snow.
Enjoy the rest of the season and see you on the slopes.