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Mt Hotham Ride Weekend

Grab ya mates and join us for our Mint Tours Mt Hotham Ride Weekend.

We’ve booked a lodge, put the beers on ice and got our good mates at Nitro to hook us up with their demo fleet for the weekend. We’ll have ride sessions, board demo’s, giveaways and party’s every night. Good times are guaranteed! We have accommodation available at Aardvark Lodge. Beds are limited and must be booked by Friday 5 June. Cost is $180 per person for 2 nights.
When:  Friday 10 July – Sunday 13 July, 2015
Where:  Mt Hotham Alpine Resort
RSVP for full details – [email protected]

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Why riding with chicks is better!

Grab your girls (and your boards)
Here are the top 5 reasons why riding with chicks is better!

1. Fast doesn’t always equal fun:  Female snowboarders are rubbing shoulders with the pros and holding their own in the park, pipe and in the backcountry. We are are no longer stuck riding with our brothers or male counterparts, who seem to be content with spending their days riding at break-neck speeds from top to bottom of a hill. Give us long and cruisy groomers, or slow and satisfying powder tree runs any day! Or grab your closest female friend, head to the park, and hit those rails! Riding with chicks, there are no rules, and nowhere is off limits!

2. Patience is a virtue (that apparently only chicks have!): Most of us have been there; strapped in for the first time, holding our boyfriend’s hand as they show us leaf turns. That is until frustrations hit boiling point and we are left alone on the slopes with an icy bum, sore wrists, and a battered ego. This is where your gal-pals come to the rescue. Not only do we laugh at each others inability to skate or lack of co-ordination, we are also the hand that pulls you up and encourages you to try again. Riding with chicks, we’ve always got your back.

3. Boys don’t understand the purpose of lift riding: No, I don’t want to see your go-pro footage one more time. I also don’t particularly care about why you chose Flow bindings instead of normal ones. I don’t know if it’s an attempt to impress (it’s not working), or if silence makes you uncomfortable, but riding lifts with the boys can be a bore-fest. Let me sit here and enjoy the view, catch my breath, laugh at the matching outerwear of the riders in front, and maybe drop snowballs onto skiers below. I might even sing along to the song playing in my headphones. Riding with chicks, we understand lift riding time.

4. Sharing is (not) caring: Can you film my awesome jump?”. Posts to Facebook. “Smile for a candid photo!”. Tweets it. I admit, there are many hardcore snowboarding females who also enjoy posting a selfie or two on social media. Bragging rights. But there is a place and a time, and that is back in our chalet PRE-riding. When our face isn’t red from the icy wind, and our hair isn’t dreadlocked from our beanies. Riding with chicks, we all understand the CODE.

5. Chicks are more prepared: There have been many times that my male friends have laughed at me for doing a downward dog in the carpark, or a tree pose waiting in the lift line. I’m always having the last laugh at the end of the day when their muscles are too tight and sore to climb the stairs back to our chalet. Riding with chicks, a pre-snowboarding yoga session, and an afternoon stretch are part of our routine to keep our muscles in shape for the next day. Riding with chicks, our pockets are always stuffed with the core essentials for a long day on the slopes – chapstick, tissues, and fun sized Mars Bars!

Chicks rule!

Want to meet up and ride with other female snowboarders?
Join our Mint Chicks Tour this winter as we head back to snowy New Zealand for our inaugural week of chicks-only shredding! Perfect for the solo shredder or gal pals wanting to gain some skill progression, conquer new terrain, and meet other local snowboarders.

Places filling up fast for this season, so contact Mint Tours on 1300-205-609.

The Remarkables ski area manager Ross Lawrence hard at work on a snow blower

New snow in New Zealand

No this isn’t Japan, this was taken at The Remarkables in Queenstown this morning! They scored half a metre overnight at the base and it’s still snowing. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are scheduled to open on Saturday 13th June, 2015. It’s shaping up to be an epic season ahead across the ditch and we’re looking forward to getting back there for our All Rounder Tour this August.

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Meet the Mint Crew – Andrew Brown

We’re stoked to welcome Andrew Brown to the Mint Tours team as our newest Travel Manager and Guide. For his Mint initiation, Andrew joined us in Alaska for our Heli Tour and in Oregon for our research mission to Mt Bachelor, Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline for our new 2016 Oregon tours. You’ll be seeing Andrew in New Zealand, Japan, Canada and USA for the upcoming season as well as at Mint HQ in Richmond.

Here’s an update from Andrew..

“After a summer spent couch bound in Melbourne due to an unfortunate skating accident I was lucky enough to get over to Alaska and Oregon with the Mint crew. We got some time in the heli’s getting some late season turns in Alaska before checking out the awesome state and mountains of Oregon.

Since returning home I’ve been working hard on getting our New Zealand trips sorted and am looking forward to getting over there with the crew to shred on the All Rounder and Big Mountain Heli Tour. Outside of New Zealand I’ll be working on the new Oregon and Alaska tours for Mint, a trip I’m super excited to get off the ground and start running. I’ll also be on board for the coming Japan season with some really exciting trips to some hidden and untouched zones that i can’t wait to show to our riders.

I’ll also be keeping myself busy this season at my home hill of Mt Buller working on the weekends as a Park Crew volley again. In between travel and snowboarding you’ll usually find me at my local skatepark or surf break.

Looking forward to getting stoked with the crew somewhere around the world! See ya then!”

– Andrew Brown


Balmoral Boards Japan Tour

We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Aussie industry stalwarts, Balmoral Boards to put together an epic shop tour to Myoko & Madarao this February. If you’re in Sydney, drop in and visit the guys. Their core store on Sydney’s northern beaches stocks nothing but the finest and the guys know their stuff.

Balmoral Boards

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Mint Chicks Heli Day

We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Harris Mountain Heli Ski to bring you the first ever all-female snowboard heli day. On the 21st of August we’re headed deep into the beautiful Southern Alps to hunt down some big mountain lines with our all female crew. If you’re ready to take up the challenge of being a Mint Chick and join us for our inaugural Heli Day, contact us today as places are strictly limited.