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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.

Alpine News is brought to you cour­tesy of ad­ver­tis­ing placed by industry sup­pli­ers. We ask that you sup­port them when next choos­ing your ski des­ti­na­tion and snow sports re­quire­ments.

We hope you en­joy read­ing Alpine News; feed­back and sug­ges­tions on this year’s cov­er­age are most wel­come.

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