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Come Friday morning and I am invited
on a one on one ski fest with world
champion extreme free skier, Andrea
Binning. ‘No problem,’ I say to myself. ‘I
am a legendary woman skier,’ repeating
my week’s mantra. I would like to say I
beat her down the slope and impressed
her with my aerial jumps off exposed
rocks but I am afraid I blinked and
missed her. She was down the bottom
before I could say “super-cali-fragi-ski-
lish-ex-be-ali-downhill”. Still, I am proud
for a week ago I would not have even
braved the run I follow her tracks down.
The real test comes when I am invited
to ski with Marcus Lovett of the Snow
Show. This time it’s Rach and the blokes
as Val and his mate Hugh join us. At one
tree gully Marcus telemarks down with
style, Val rides the snow on his board and
Hugh tries to follow. The snow is crusty
on top and air filled below. Thanks to
Lisa’s instruction, I know exactly what
to do as I jump turn, lightly pole planting
Hugh bottoms out and heads off the hill
midway. I on the other hand plant, jump
and turn but there’s no one there to watch
my technique, they’ve all buggered off
to the bottom. As I ski down One Tree
and then onto the groomed stuff they
are tapping their watches in defiance.
Technique takes time, I say, as I inform
them I am never climbing Everest with
any of them lest they leave me behind.
It’s not till lunchtime that I discover
Marcus is a Winter Olympian and I
swallow my words.
But I know I conquered that mountain.
They may have not seen me, but I did.
If they had looked up instead of beating
each other down they would have seen
my poetry in motion.
Next time I’m enrolling them in Mt
Hotham’s Women’s Week.
Fit 2 Ski programs at Fitness
prevent sore muscles.
Contact Holly Cogle from Vital
for your personal program.
L’Oreal Women’s Week is held
every July for powder and pam-
pering. Private instruction with
Lisa Kilpatrick can be arranged
this season (03) 5759 4430.
Fly direct to Mt Hotham www.
hotham.com.au from Sydney and
be on the slopes by lunchtime.
I followed up Mt Hotham with the
Mim Sodergren Women’s Week
at Falls Creek www.fallscreek.
com.au with Virginia Vindin-Price
who co-ordinates the program
and her outﬁts daily. Ask for
Jessie Pitt as your instructor (03)
5758 1070 – she’s hell, which
means good in ski speak. Fly to
Albury direct www.qantaslink.
com.au and hire a car for the
1.5-hour drive www.europcar.
Stay: Huski Ski Lodge www.
huski.com.au for Zeth Romanis’
Produce Store and Endota Day
Drink: Astra Lodge Vodka Bar
menu reads like a bitch fest with
Polish Mother in Law and Polish
Stepmother as two cocktails.
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