Skiing in the Land Down Under: A Canadian Perspective


For the last two months I’ve been living and skiing down in the Gold Coast of Australia, located in the south of Queensland. Queensland itself is the homeland to many of the best barefooters in the world, including Brendan Paige, Gizella Halasz, and even our own Ashleigh Stebbings. Recently, I had the opportunity of competing in their state tournament. Although the weather kind of sucked due to a tropical storm, it was by far one of my favorite times in Australia so far.

The tournament was held at Bushy’s ski park, which really was just a protected lake in the middle of nowhere like every other barefoot tournament. However, middle of nowhere Australia is a bit different then middle of nowhere Canada or USA. Wild kangaroos were spotted at the lake, and a python was curled up in one of the cabins we were staying in. To attest to how crazy Aussies are, people still slept in the cabin with a python sleeping in the rafters.


The competition was a great success, it was over seven of the skiers very first tournaments. PB’s were set by many, and many of the new skiers tried and got new tricks that they had never done before. In the evenings we would hang out eating and drinking until it was time to go to sleep. On the final day we had medal presentations, and Queensland announced who would be a part of their team for the National Championships in Darwin.

I cannot express enough thanks to the Queensland barefoot club for letting me be a part of their competition, nor to Gizzy, for letting me ski with her in preparation for it. Australian Nationals are coming up in a month, and I can’t wait! If they’re anything like their state competitions, its going to be a blast. I hope you all get the chance to ski here in Australia. The sites are amazing, and the people are even more so.
Hope to see some of you here someday,
-Dani Tipping


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