Thursday, July 21, 2011


As you chix all know by now, last weekend we hit the slopes at Hotham. It was  our first Chicks with Stix 'away session' and we couldn't have had a better welcome from the lovely Gina and her team... oh and from the mountain as well which decided to drop the most bountiful amount of fine Aussie snow in the days before we arrived!

Hotham was open for business and luckily, we had some local expertise to get us going....

ZOE SAYS : "I was totally blown away by the amount of interest we had at Hotham, our first Chix Session at a mountain away from home. And I was totally stoked by the 40+ chix that turned up - girls of all ages and all abilities. We definitely had some hot contenders for the mega ARMADA SPONSORSHIP deal that we are going to announce at the end of this season...."

"We had two new coaches joining us for the session, both long time friends of mine as well as rad chix to shred with. There was the smiley and bubbly Ali Deane and the smooth operator Hannah Studd. We were also helped along by our buddy Merrin Jockic.... thanks heaps girls !!!

"I had some incredible feedback from the girls and met some amazing and enthusiastic chix last weekend - I can't wait to get back to Hotham real soon!"

HANNAH SAYS : "Mount Hotham turned it on for us all last weekend. Saturday saw Blue skies sunshine and lots of smiling faces. There was a huge turn out of girls which was fantastic to see. The day kicked off with some warm up village loops and then we split the groups up a bit. My group found some natural hits under the heavenly chair in the morning and were trying some Indy grabs , alley oops on the walls, some presses and some ollie and nollie combos's.

All the girls were charging which was great to see, the girls from Dinner Plain were fantastic and so willing to learn, Tia picked up everything so quickly and Nicola winter took some great falls and got back up everytime with a smile! Good work girls!.  After lunch we hit up the summit park and hit the jumps small line, with a mix of grabs and some cab and front 180's being thrown down by all. Great attitudes on all the riders made for an all round awesome day. Thanks to everyone who came along and made Hotham Chix with stix session such a great success! Look foward to the next session... yewwww!

ALI SAYS : "Last weekend, the Chicks with Stix crew hit Mt Hotham for the first time, with a full gang of skiers, 15 snowboard debutants and some well-regarded new coaches!

The sessions were so fun, with the choice of skills to work on, and no commitments meant the freedom to cruise off anytime to freeride! It was a crisp start but the sun was shining, and with a great start to the season, Hotham turned it on snow-wise, with great cover and the whole resort open!

After a couple of warm-up runs, the crew split to mix things up, with short swing turns on Sun run with Zoe, park laps with Hannah, speedy, carving runs with Merrin down the Gunbarrel and 180’s with Ali! After lunch, we hit the Summit Park, and pulled off some sweet maneuvers for cameraman Karl (see our facebook page!), and watch this space for a sweet new go-pro edit by Zoe!

We made some new friends, learnt heaps, and we’re already looking forward to our next session, set to be at Mt Buller…..Stay tuned to check out when Chicks with Stix are set to hit your resort; we're looking forward to shredding with you soon!

Many thanks to all the awesome Chicks with Stix who joined us this weekend, Gina, Clare, Karl and Mimi from Mt Hotham, and most of all Zoe who made it all possible!........Ali xo!

(and yep thats Zoe in the middle...hamming it up with her ARMADAS!)

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