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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 32, No. 19. August 6, 1969

Skier's prospects

Skier's prospects

The ski tournament is to be held at New Zealand's principal ski area; the only mountain to have double chairs, a gondola, a restaurant, and snow, Coronet Peak—wonderland of the South, mecca for the world's most mediocre skiers.

Tournament begins with training at the weekend of 16 and 17 August. The Grand Slalom is to be held on Monday, the Downhill Tuesday and the slalom on Wednesday. Thursday seems to he devoted entirely to the Beer Slalom. Drinking Horn and Tournament Dinner; the latter being held at the Arthur's Point Pub.

The team's fortunes depend largely on chance—it will win tournament only if the top guns from Otago and Canterbury manage to fall.

Auckland appears to be troubled by the cost of travel to Coronet.

Massey seems to be lauding its men's learn but only John Pittar is of note, in the downhill and possibly the giant slalom. The women's team seems to be as attractive and untalented as last season's.

From Christchurch have come vague rumours that the top skiers from last year will have difficulty in retaining their places in the team. They usually have a collection of skiers of uniform ability who can often all finish and win the combined title without outstanding individual results.

Lincoln College's chances cracked with Dave Reid's leg on Coronet two weeks ago.

The Otago team will surely be the strongest. Tony Chance recently won the Southern Districts title and Gus Watson was considered two years ago for an Australian tour.

The women's team boasts Robyn Willis and Sue Ryan; placed highly in the nationals last year, recently returned from a winter in the U.S.A. and are at present with the N.Z. team in Australia.

The Victoria ski team has had difficulty in selecting its members and training because of the pitiful snow falls on Ruapchu. Two places will be decided after trials at Coronet Peak.

The pool of probables is quite talented and includes Dave White, Boh Ongley, Philip Jones and Clive Thorp.

The women's team of Betlina Pike is sure to be placed in the top three.

The men's team, with Tim Haiselden and John Armstrong may take a few good individual places and the team could manage a high overall ranking.