Last Tuesday 29 August to Sunday 03 September

Written by member Russell Debney

Unusually for the last days of winter, our team was met with Spring-like conditions on arrival in Thredbo for the annual Tattersalls Ski Tour. After years of skiing Perisher, the team was looking forward to the longer, steeper runs and village atmosphere in Thredbo. Despite the conditions, we were not disappointed, with top-to-bottom skiing and most links open across the mountain. Starting a little later to avoid the ice and finishing a little earlier to miss the softening snow was the go.

Attunga Lodge provided a modern and comfortable home away from home and the other Lodge members there during the week shared in the sense of fun that has always been central to the Tattersalls Ski Tour. Throughout the trip, the Thredbo economy was boosted by heavy investment by the team in the bars and in the traditional night out.

As our legs and livers recover from days of hard skiing and even harder partying, the annual Tattersalls Ski Club awards are announced to get us in the mood for next season.

The 2023 winners are:

Paul Chappell – the Mediator’s Prize for controlling the heated dinner-time debate on The Voice

Ian McLachlan – the Country Bumkin Award (Heavyweight Division) for Most Determined Skier

Sally McLachlan – the Prettiest Skier Prize (shared) with Honourable Mention for Partying.

David Knoll – the Bionic Man Prize for Most Improved Skier (awarded with a limited supply of Voltaren)

Mark Roufeil – the I’ll Be There Whatever It Takes Prize (shared) for arriving late but skiing every run on the mountain in a day.

Debbie Dunreath-Cooper – the Prettiest Skier Prize (shared) and the I’ll Be There Whatever It Takes Prize (shared)

David Thakaray – the Best Skier Award (shared) and the Heart on My Sleave Prize for a stunning performance during The Voice debate.

Gary Cohen – the I’m Back Skiing Award with Special Mention for the best and most continuous jokes on the mountain.

John Breene – the Weary Skier Award (Heavyweight Division) and Party-Animal Gold Medal

Kerrie Boyd – the Catalyst Prize for combining top skiing and lunchtime schnapps shots

Peter Dunoon – the Best Skier Award (shared) and Honeymoon Eyes Prize (shared)

Marie Wines – the Honeymoon Eyes Prize (shared) and Friday Flat Graduation Prize.

Russell Debney – (reluctantly and who thought it would never happen) Father of the Lodge Award with Honourable Mention for schnapps spillage.

And finally, the Herding Cats Award to Camille Chauvin from the Tattersalls Team for extraordinary organisation of another trip.