At this time of year, Americans and Canadians are gearing up for the coming snow, but, not so in Australia, where ski buffs are winding up another great season.
Night walk to chalet
Bill & Jackie
Kidd & Milne
Kidd skis to Camera
# 18 or 21
Wide shot twedbo. Eucalypt trees
Ski past down hill
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Background: At this time of year, Americans and Canadians are gearing up for the coming snow, but, not so in Australia, where ski buffs are winding up another great season.
SYNOPSIS: The Australian winter occurs during our summer, and top ski resorts like THREDEO are still a hive of activity.
(Sound up S.O.F. band plays, 10 secs then fade under for)
The crowd is predominantly Australian, but Thredbo is noticing an increasing number of visitors from North America ......people like top U.S. ski professional Billy Kidd and his wife Jackie. Billy swaps points on the local conditions with Australian champion Malcolm Milne.
(S.O.F. Kidd & Milne discuss snow, approx. 10 secs.)
An early start next day gives Kidd a chance to test the powder before the running of the Wills Cup.
(S.O.F. Kidd skis up, talks. End cue "like floating on cloud, ideal power"
One of several big events on Australia's ski calendar, The Wills Cup attracts the best amateur skiers from all over the world: -
from Japan -
from Europe -
and from the United States.
(S.O.F. U.S. Skier skis to camera and talks to Kidd).
According to Billy Kidd, his aim is to encourage more North Americans to try the Australian slopes, giving them a chance to ski all year round.
(Kidd V.O. describe trails etc. eucalypt trees and kangaroos. end cue "still up there in the mountains".)
Making the most of an Australian winter, Billy Kidd - skiing "Down Under".