Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mt Buller Recap

Chicks riding up Howqua lift

Last Saturday was our first Chicks with Stix session for 2012 and we were super excited to be kicking off at Mt Buller , the birthplace of CwS and home-mountain to many of our coaches.  We also knew it was going to be challenging with over 20 girls pre-registered to shred with us on what could be the busiest day of the season - a School Holiday Saturday! At the meeting place, another 13 girls joined us and after a bit of mingling and an intro from Zoe we were off.

Yeah shreddin'
The terrain was a bit limited, but what was open was great snow and the sun was shining….. the word I heard most to describe the day was "awesome" with girls of all ages trying something new, having fun and pushing their skiing and boarding skills to new levels.

We had 7 coaches and one of our ambassadors on hand to show the chicks how it's done. We also had a posse of photographers and a film crew following us around - stay tuned for some up-coming goodies!

We got some great pics and gave away some great prizes, including a pair of ARMADA skis!  It was a really good start to the season for us and we're hoping to meet more of you as we head to HothamBaw Baw, Thredbo and Perisher. Check out some more details of the session at Buller below!
    - Lorraine

Hitting rails at Koflers Park
Airtime at Kofler's Park

CwS Ski Coach
Hitting the snow for the first time this season, CwS first freeride session was blessed with Mt Bullers beautiful sunshine and scenery. With over 25 girls our 7 coaches Zoe, Nicole, Karinya, Katya, Hannah, Merrin and I were joined by Roxy rider and ambassador Lauren Staveley and our awesome graphic designer Carly.

Torie hiking Koflers park with the CwS
Getting straight into it after tackling the long school holiday lift queues, the girls learnt the basic skills in various disciplines to get a taste of what we each individually do. Katya shared her knowledge in the skiX world while Karinya passed on an insight into mogul skiing. The snowboarders ripped it up along side us with Hannah and Merrin leading the crew.

The afternoon was spent in a female dominated park where every girl tried and succeeded in learning something new. It was great to see all their enthusiasm and confidence in hitting the jumps and rails while many of them were even spotted switch skiing! One of the snowboarders absolutely killed it with 5 new tricks in the bag!

Some mad edging happened at Summit
Coach and skiX rider Katya Crema rider showing us how it's done
Our youngest rider Nicole walked away with a brand new pair of ARMADA skis for her commitment to the rails, nailing them by the end of the day, and her confident skiing.

After a long day of sharing our stories,  laughs and skiing with our new friends our first session wrapped up a complete success.  We can't wait to hit our next stop Hotham, will you be there?
Nicole and her new skis!

CwS Ambassador and Roxy Rider
The first Chicks with Stix day kicked off at Mt Buller last Saturday. Buller brought us beautiful conditions so all the girls were super amped to hit the slopes.

In the morning I rode around with some of the girls exploring all the terrain Buller has recently opened, including the new Bonza Lift. We played a game of skate and learnt a lot of new tricks. But before we knew, it lunch time was upon us.

Lauren at the Village Center, getting ready for the day
In the arvo we hit up the mini park on Koflers. All the girls put in a great effort hiking the jumps and rails, we had a great vibe going and there was a lot of progression from everyone! 

I hope all the girls had as much fun as I did on Saturday and I can't wait for the next event Chicks with Stix put on.

I encourage any girl of any age who can get down the hill on skis or a board to give it a go. Not only will you pick up some tips from coaches and some of Australia's best Winter athletes but you can socialize and have a great time as well! 

Coach Hannah Studd playing at Koflers Park

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