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An avid skier’s guide to adventures in her adopted home of South Australia and mountains abroad.

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Purple Tree Surprise in Adelaide

I don’t think I’ll ever forget my astonishment the first time I saw them.  It was the shock of seeing something that seemed unnatural.  Throughout my childhood in North America I had only ever seen trees with green leaves or the vibrant red, orange and yellows of autumn, followed by brown as the leaves began […]

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Reflections on South Australia’s 36-hour Lockdown

It has certainly been an interesting few days here in South Australia.  A crack was exposed in the shell of our little safety bubble. For months we have experienced life very close to pre-covid normal: we’ve had no cases in the community, very few restrictions, no need to wear masks, and no worries.  This week […]

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2020 and the Battle for Motivation

I’ve been finding it really hard to find the motivation to write lately.  While I love sharing interesting experiences in South Australia (and there’s certainly no shortage of adventures to write about), it seems that 2020 has finally gotten the better of me. For most of this year, I have managed to stay relatively positive […]

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Why I Moved to Adelaide, South Australia

Two years before moving to Adelaide, South Australia I had never even heard of it. In 2005, I was working my second ski season at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado. I spent my days outside skiing, shoveling snow and working on my goggle tan. It was far from the career I had planned while in […]

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10 Things I Plan To Do in Adelaide After the Pandemic

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the routine of the day-to-day. We get blinders on – focused on work and chores around the house – and forget to pay attention to the interesting things there are to do where we live. Until something, like, say a pandemic, forces you out of your routine […]

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Adelaide Marathon Festival Review

On Sunday, I took part in the Joggers World Half Marathon, part of the 41st Adelaide Marathon Festival. The Festival includes the Adelaide Marathon, Joggers World Half Marathon, Physio Smart 10km, Embrace 5km, and Race the Popeye Kids Fun Run. Overall, the event seemed well-run with only a few areas for improvement. The Half Marathon […]

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Hi! I’m Ashley,

I am an ex-ski bum from America who lives in Adelaide, Australia – a place that gets no snow.  I was working at a Colorado ski resort when I fell in love with an Aussie boy and I have since fallen in love with his hometown. 

I explore my wonderful adopted home state of South Australia, while we plan our next amazing ski trip.

From Altitude to Adelaide:


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Park City Review

Park City Mountain Resort is known for great snow, a fun town and a huge amount of skiable terrain, all reasons we chose it as one destination for our honeymoon in March 2019. It was purchased by Vail Resorts in 2014, a point which still seems to be of some controversy with the locals. Park […]

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St Anton am Arlberg – Part 3

The variable weather in Austria wasn’t over after the first five days. To start the week, we had sun, clouds, snow showers and more sun. For day six, we had rain. Day 6 – Rain The weather in Austria was so bizarre.  It started to rain overnight, and all the fresh snow disappeared with it, […]

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St Anton am Arlberg – Part 2

Skiing in Austria has been surprisingly variable.  In one week, we’ve had hard-packed snow, hard chunky snow with exposed icy parts, spring skiing heavy and slushy snow, and powder.  Any powder day while skiing is fantastic, but because I usually get just one week a year to ski, getting a powder day feels like winning […]

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St Anton am Arlberg – Part 1

It’s a long trip from Adelaide, Australia to St Anton, Austria – 33 hours to be exact – but so far, the “cradle of alpine skiing” has proved worth it. Arrival Our trip from Adelaide took two long flights (13 hours from Adelaide to Dubai and 7 hours from Dubai to Zurich), a three-hour layover […]

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Keystone Resort Review

We had the pleasure of skiing Keystone Resort for four days over the last two weeks of February and the first week of March 2019. I hadn’t skied Keystone in many years because I tend to stick to the other Summit County resorts when I am visiting the area. Keystone has never been my favourite […]

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Summit County: Our Wedding Ski Trip at the Top of the World

There’s something about arriving in Summit County, Colorado that will always feel like coming home. It’s where I spent childhood family ski trips, and where I lived for three years in my mid-twenties as a ski bum. It’s where I met my husband, and it’s where we married this March. It’s where the mountains stretch […]

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Adelaide & South Australia


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The South Australian Museum

My best advice for visiting the South Australian Museum – don’t try to do it all in one day.  Seriously, break it up into smaller chunks.  It’s not a big building, so the amount of stuff crammed into this unassuming museum is pretty surprising.  With just 5 floors of natural and cultural heritage exhibits permanently […]

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SA Weekend Getaway: Black Point

Sometimes, you just want to get away and it doesn’t really matter where you go or what you do.  After being cooped up in the house for three months during the peak of South Australia’s coronavirus restrictions, this was exactly how we felt. Luckily, SA’s restrictions were eased slightly, just in time for June long […]

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How Living Through a Pandemic Has Taught Me Gratitude

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a crap year, which is why my newfound sense of gratitude has been somewhat surprising. This year, my husband and I, along with many of our friends, turn 40 and we certainly didn’t expect to start off the decade watching catastrophic fires ravage much of […]

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Hike at Morialta Conservation Park

I’m only really just starting to realise how many places there are in and around Adelaide to go for a nice walk or a hike.  The beach and esplanade are always popular, and the Waterfall Gully hike to Mt Lofty is a well-known and popular hike.  However, the hills that surround Adelaide are full of […]

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The Art Gallery of South Australia

Art should be accessible. After all, if it isn’t accessible, what’s the point? It is meant to be seen so that it can make an impact, tell a story, or evoke an emotion. Which is why a visit to the the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) is so enjoyable: art is accessible and it […]

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