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    It could be the snow-clad alps of Switzerland, of Austria, of Australia perhaps. But it's?

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    Background: It could be the snow-clad alps of Switzerland, of Austria, of Australia perhaps. But it's now; and that's not snow, it's sand. These are the sand hills north of Sydney's Cronulla and the skiers are a group of people who find sand skiing an inexpensive substitute for snow skiing in the warm months of the year.

    Stanley VEVERKA shows the group how it's all done. Mr. Ververka says sand skiing is a popular sport in Europe and, with Australia's superb sand-hills, there's no reason why it shouldn't become popular here. The routine is much the same as with snow skiing; but the dress is different.

    Standard ski boots are essential, for it's almost as easy to break an ankle on sand as it is on snow. The method of lacing a shoe is important to future safety; and so is the manner in which the boot is clamped to the ski -- a mistake here could mean extreme discomfort later.

    And so to skiing -- the way the experts do it...

    And then some of the group try it out -- not all upright as it happens.

    Sand-skiing bears substantial resemblance to snow skiing in that you have to walk back up the hill -- and no ski-lifts here either! But eventually down again, in more ways than one.

    There is more friction between the sand and the skis than there is between snow and skis; so sand skiing is not as fast as snow skiing; but the falls are rather harder.

    The advantage in this is that sand is not wet.

    Many people are learning to ski for the first time on the sand hills of Cronulla. Eventually most of them.

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