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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 […]

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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Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival

It’s actually pretty exciting, standing on the fresh grass waiting for the rolling drumbeat of the hooves hitting the ground as they come past you while you try to spy if your number is in the lead. Did we win? We won! Or, to be more accurate, we picked the winner. Actually, to be really […]

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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.


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Murray River Paddle Boat Lunch Cruise

The Mighty Murray Adelaide sits near the coast and has some beautiful beaches, so you could be forgiven for thinking that all of the city’s water-based activities were on the ocean. However, just over an hour from the city, you will also find the River Murray, a South Australian favourite for recreation and an important […]

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Port Hughes

I should probably explain that my fiancé has a special, weekend-drive car.  This means he belongs to a car club and from time to time they go on car cruises (i.e. they all drive together in a convoy to a predetermined spot).  I’m not much of a car person and I really can’t follow half […]

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A Winter Day in Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley in winter is the perfect weekend day trip.  It is beautiful and green with rolling hills and wide open sky, and the cellar doors are cosy, with roaring fireplaces and plenty of full-bodied red wine to taste.  When one of the world’s best wine regions is less than an hour’s drive from 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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Top of Anticipation Run at Keystone Resort

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 […]