Ski & Snow - - Industry News - Derek Teensma

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.

Doug Coombs

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