Hi Everyone, I'm 23 and have lived in Brisbane Australia most of my life. Had my first experience with snow when i was 19 while backpacking in canada, however didn't get on the snow for the first time until i was 20 while staying with my relatives in France. Learned to ski from a french instructor who didn't know any english (I also don't know any french) which was a crazy fantastic experience! I managed to get the hang of it after a few days and went skiing with my family at the local resorts, which definitely got me hooked. Back in Australia I took a trip to Threadbo in New South Wales, and a year later a trip to Falls Creek in Victoria (the only places it really snows in Australia). At falls creek I gave snowboarding a go and absolutely loved it, despite fracturing a rib. For my last summer university break (which go from december to march) I worked at Northstar at Tahoe in California. This was amazing as i was able to ride a tremendous amount and met some great people (and great snowboarders and skiiers!). Only skiied once as i was having such a great time snowboading and getting better and better everyday, though still loved that day skiing. This is when i realised that I might not be able to live in brisbane after i graduate, as I really love being able to be on the snow often, not just a 1 week trip each year. This coming uni break (my last!) i hope to either go back to northstar again or to another resort in america (maybe brekcenridge). Time will tell i guess! Sorry it's a bit long, i'm a bit bored and procrastinating on my uni work. Oh and i want to become involved in this forum to meet other keen snow lovers, and for help and advice on things like equipment, tricks, and places to ride.