Ski stories

Angela Saurine, Award-winning travel journalist skiing.

Fairytale ski town of Breckenridge                                                                                   
Walking down the main street of Breckenridge feels a little like stepping into the pages of a Hans Christian Andersen storybook. Throughout winter, fairylights twinkle in the trees, making it feel like Christmas every day. The old mining town is dotted with Victorian-era houses, each painted a different colour, and it is not uncommon to see horses plodding down the street pulling carriages. Mary's Mountain Cookies shop reminds me of a gingerbread house so much I feel like tearing bits of the walls off and eating them... Read more     

Personal pilgrimage to Sun Valley                                                                                                          
There's a box sitting in the corner of my bedroom that contains the few remaining possessions I have that belonged to my Dad, who died when I was 11. Among them are an old film projector, framed blown-up photos from his horse trotting days and a thick pile of postcards from his travels around the world. The cards come from everywhere from Hong Kong to Austria but there is one place that is disproportionately represented; Sun Valley, Idaho... Read more

Telluride, Colorado: Home of the US's most dramatic ski scenery
Catching my first glimpse of the old gold and silver-mining town of Telluride is one of those moments I will never forget.
As we ski down the mountain and turn a bend, the cluster of colourful dollhouse-like buildings that make up the town emerges in the valley below. Red canyon walls dotted with pine trees rise up behind them, turning into tall, jagged, snow-capped peaks, which cut into a cloudless blue skyIt’s the most dramatic scene I have seen at any US ski resort... Read more

How growing up as a member of a ski lodge shaped me
I was 11 months old when I went to Perisher with my parents for the first time, according to photos in an old family album. In retrospect, some of my fondest childhood memories are related to the lodge where we stayed, Yalara Alpine Ski Club. As a toddler my father would strap me in a holster on his back at night and take me out on an adventure, following the tracks of the fox that would often visit the lodge in search of food scraps. While we never actually found his den, it didn’t matter... Read more

Park City, Utah: Star powder in America's largest ski resort
The advice is to “point your skis downhill and charge”. I do as my instructor says and swish through the light, dry snow for which Utah is famous. The tall, thin aspen trees that surround us become natural slalom poles as we weave our way through the off-piste terrain and through natural half-pipes and chutes on the Canyons side of Park City Mountain Resort... Read more

Snow way to make tracks at Falls Creek
It's a fast, steep and sometimes bumpy ride as we are dragged up the hill behind Olympian Steve Lee's ski-doo. Holding on tightly, I look around at the virgin snow surrounding us with a grin from ear to ear. The only tracks I can see are the ski lines from our previous run and a few fox paw prints. Lee, a modest three-time Olympian, alpine free rider and sports commentator, designed the sled we are on, based on the Club Med banana... Read more

Enjoy the high life at Peppers Rundells Alpine Lodge near Hotham in Victoria
After a big day’s skiing there’s nothing like relaxing back at your lodge beside a crackling stone fireplace, sipping a glass of pinot noir while grazing from a cheese board – especially one carved from the trunk of a tree... Read more

Heavenly ride at Lake Tahoe
It's a safety hazard having a ski resort with such an incredible view. As I am skiing down a gentle top-to-bottom run, I find I am spending more time staring sideways at the deep blue lake below than watching where I am going, or looking out for other skiers. The lake, quite frankly, is huge. Set against the soft blue sky, pure white snow and green pine trees, it spreads from one side of the valley across the horizon to the other... Click here to read part one on PDF  Click here to read part two on PDF

Top ten up-and-coming ski resorts
Most serious skiers or snowboarders would have heard of Whistler, Vail and St Moritz, but there are plenty of emerging ski resorts competing for Australian business. We've compiled this list of some resorts to put on your radar... Read more



Angela Saurine, Award-winning travel journalist.

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